There are a couple first-time Trail Walkers participating in this year’s Oxfam Trailwalk, and we’re proud to announce they’re none other than our very own Architectural Graduates, Byron Peard and Jessica Mount.

Stephenson & Turner are sponsoring Byron and Jess, whom along with two team mates, will challenge themselves to a gruelling 100km distance walk taking place in Whakatane on April 2-3rd.

The trail will pass through bush, along Ohope beach, across farmland and finishes in the Whakatane Township – Although the course must be completed in under 36 hours our intrepid grads plan to cross the finish line in 24 hours.

With more than 250 teams of walkers and support crews participating, the event will be a significant one for the Whakatane region.

The walk will raise funds for Oxfam with all proceeds going towards improving the living conditions of some of the world’s poorest people. Currently Oxfam are working for people in East Timor by setting up rice farming co-operatives for families to support themselves. Byron and Jess have given themselves a minimum fundraising target of $2000 but are lined up to exceed that target.

Always up for challenge, we asked Jessica and Byron to expand on why they chose a career in Architecture and what inspires them to make the world a better place…

Meet Jess & byron!

Byron Peard “Architecture for me is something that is constantly in a state of change. I enjoy the aspect of having a solution for today that could be outdated tomorrow as shifts in science, attitude and methods directly impact the tools we have at our disposal. The idea of constantly pushing the envelope of what’s possible and creating spaces that enhance the social and physical context in which they are placed helps keep things interesting and keeps the mind thinking about tomorrow. Working at S&T is an enjoyable and very unique experience. The family feel and team approach to projects helps bring out the best in everyone. Collaborations with different people around the office has opened my mind to a wide range of approaches to different challenges and solutions which in turn helps me grow as an aspiring architect”. 

Byron Peard

“Architecture for me is something that is constantly in a state of change. I enjoy the aspect of having a solution for today that could be outdated tomorrow as shifts in science, attitude and methods directly impact the tools we have at our disposal. The idea of constantly pushing the envelope of what’s possible and creating spaces that enhance the social and physical context in which they are placed helps keep things interesting and keeps the mind thinking about tomorrow. Working at S&T is an enjoyable and very unique experience. The family feel and team approach to projects helps bring out the best in everyone. Collaborations with different people around the office has opened my mind to a wide range of approaches to different challenges and solutions which in turn helps me grow as an aspiring architect”. 

Jessica Mount “I chose to pursue Architecture because I love the mix between creativity and pragmatics. I love that there are multiple solutions to architectural problems and that it requires both sides of your brain to reach a solution. I love the challenges Architecture proposes in response to the changing world around us and love the idea that the solutions proposed in 2016 will be outdated and remodelled in the years to come. It is a job that will never get boring. One of the things I love most about working for S&T is the people and the culture here. Everyone has a lot of fun but have also been so great in expanding my knowledge post-uni and helping me gain the experience I need to become registered”. 

Jessica Mount

“I chose to pursue Architecture because I love the mix between creativity and pragmatics. I love that there are multiple solutions to architectural problems and that it requires both sides of your brain to reach a solution. I love the challenges Architecture proposes in response to the changing world around us and love the idea that the solutions proposed in 2016 will be outdated and remodelled in the years to come. It is a job that will never get boring. One of the things I love most about working for S&T is the people and the culture here. Everyone has a lot of fun but have also been so great in expanding my knowledge post-uni and helping me gain the experience I need to become registered”.