Paulina Porebska

As a Senior Architectural Designer, Paulina leads projects alongside Craig. She has extensive experience in private healthcare fit-outs as well as residential, hospitality and interiors.


Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

While travelling around Europe I’ve had a moment of reflection on one warm summer evening sitting across an old castle and contemplating it’s architectural form that would be really cool to create places which become witnesses of changing life & history. I still haven’t designed any castle… but any building, big or small,  becomes canvas for memories (I wish that only the good ones).

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

I was quite obsessed to visit was Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana & designed by Le Corbusier. “The general feeling seems to be that he [Le Corbusier] took on the task primarily as a way of justifying his theories,” wrote the New Yorker in 1955. “He is almost 70, it is pointed out, and thus far most of those theories have been tried only on paper”.

So  I was mesmerized by the idea of a model modern city promising peace, democracy and a new social order with monumental buildings and huge squares. To be honest it was extremely hot and those massive plazas did not provide any shelter and I felt quite exhausted and confused wandering around massive building which lacked human scale so to be honest I didn’t really enjoy it.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

I’ve always loved nature & animals so I’d love to be a marine biologist because I could dive & research!

What is your proudest moment?

Becoming Mum

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Marie Curie. She was Polish. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She also championed the development of X-Ray and I was working on design of 5 different Radiology Departments in Christchurch and I became quite interested in the topic.

Published on Friday, January 11th, 2019, under


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