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Design Office

The Design Office within the Operations Unit provides design and documentation services, manages building consent applications, and is the keeper and maintainer of the University's drawing records and plans.


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Warren Smith

Tel 64 3 479 8034
MB 0212219871
Email warren.smith@otago.ac.nz

Warren has over 30 years’ experience as an Architectural Technician including Contract Administration of medium to large sized infrastructure and commercial projects.

He has worked in a multi-disciplinary consultancy and medium sized architectural practices in New Zealand and overseas.

Warren still most enjoys preparing presentation and construction documents finding design solutions utilizing the modern CAD Building Information Modelling software.


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Brett Dakers

Tel 64 3 479 6210
Email brett.dakers@otago.ac.nz

Brett designs and documents small to medium-sized projects with experience in timber-frame construction, structural drafting and civil works. Brett has a particularly strong interest in residential design and construction.

Brett graduated with a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Otago Polytechnic and has prior substantial work experience in international infrastructure consultancy.


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Mike Becht

Tel 64 3 479 9040
Email mike.becht@otago.ac.nz

Mike comes with a wide range of draughting experience in electrical, mechanical, civil and structural projects in New Zealand and Australia.

Mike has a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering from Otago Polytechnic and has a strong interest (opinion) in lighting and power design, supporting the Highlanders and playing golf.