Our highly skilled technicians are available to students from all disciplines for guidance and advice as you use the equipment.
Technical Team Leaders
Peter Cleveland - Team Leader (Workshops)
Metal - welding, fitting, fabrication, turning
Master of Creative Technology (MCT)
Peter has worked as a technician in New Zealand's creative industries for over 20 years. His roles have included Senior Special Effects Technician, Best Boy Grip, Motion Control Engineer, Audio Engineer, Guitar Technician, Mechanist and Rigger. He enjoys the traditional methods of making and seeing how craftsmanship and technique interact with modern concepts and technology.
Peter's job includes overseeing the 3D analogue and digital fabrication hubs at Elam and the School of Architecture and Planning. The team has an absolute dedication to Health and Safety in all environments, "however, we do not stifle creativity with regulations."
Peter acknowledges and supports the world-class capabilities of the analogue team. "These are people who are at the high end of their craft, forming professional working relationships with students, teaching them self mastery."
Peter is based in the Mondrian building at Elam (Building 433).
Zane Egginton - Technical Team Leader (Digital)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Zane has always had a love for anything visual, especially when it comes to the technology behind it. His love of technology led to a science degree; however, he has always maintained his passion for the visual.
Over several years Zane built and ran a film studio while he was lecturing at Unitec (1998 – 2014) in Landscape and Architectural technology; primarily CAD/BIM, digital fabrication and visualisation. He enjoys the challenge of helping staff and students bring their ideas to life, and seeing them use the skills he has taught them to produce quality work.
Zane oversees the photography, graphic design, moving image, digital research hub (DRH) and music technicians across the faculty. He says that between the knowledge and skills of the technical staff, together with first-rate available equipment, students can "pretty much produce anything" in their chosen discipline.
Zane is based in the Digital Research Hub, within the Architecture and Planning building (Building 421 Room 423 (DRH Lab)).
Amanda Wright - Master of Fine Arts, Diploma in Graphic Design
Amanda oversees Digital Print and Design. She works with students and academic staff to produce research publications and digital and offset printed material.
Amanda is based on level three in the Mondrian building at Elam (Building 433).
Robyn Walton - Technician (Metal)
Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Architecture with honours
Robyn looks after the metal fabrication workshop at Elam and assists with metal casting. She is a recent graduate from the Elam MFA programme and has a background in Architecture.
Robyn is based on level one of the Mondrian building at Elam (Building 433 Room 136A).
Sharon Fitness - Technician (Metal)
Sharon is based in the Architecture and Planning workshops (Building 421).
Mold making and casting
Franca Bertani - Master of Industrial Design
Franca oversees the metal, resin, glass, plaster, concrete casting and ceramic workshop at ELAM.
Before moving to New Zealand, she worked as a model making technician at Milano Politecnico and independently as an industrial and graphic designer.
Franca enjoys the variety of projects that students bring in and the combination of traditional technologies with digital fabrication.
Franca is based on level one of the Mondrian building (Building 433).
Music, lighting and sound
John Kim - Postgraduate Diploma in Sound Recording and Design
John oversees the recording, live sound and sound design aspects of the School of Music and other performances. Working with students who bring the most creative ideas to the table, and watching the incredible results, is what John enjoys most about his role within the faculty.
John is based in the Kenneth Myers Centre building (Building 820).
Theo Gibson - Bachelor of Performance and Screen Arts, Major in Screen. Diploma in Film and Television Production, Major in Sound.
Theo Gibson is a technology-based practitioner with a broad range of experience in theatre, film and audio production. He currently works as a podcaster, producer, creative director and film/tv/music technician where his technical skills and experience with artistic productions give him a creative edge.
Theo is based at the School of Music (Building 250)
Clovis McEvoy - Bachelor of Music with first class honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Sound
Clovis McEvoy is a composer, lecturer and music technician based at the University of Auckland. Specialising in the field of live electronics and virtual reality, Clovis designs custom music software for live electroacoustic performances and interactive installations. His works have been selected for performances and exhibitions in America, Australia, England, Italy, France, Switzerland and South Korea.
Clovis is based at the School of Music (Building 250)
Ellen Portch - Bachelor of Fine Arts
Ellen is one of the few tertiary painting technicians in the world and has taught at Elam for over a decade. She delivers group workshops on the technical aspects of fine art painting as well as providing one-to-one advice. She can create and mix multiple types of paint and work with various supports and grounds. Ellen enjoys watching and facilitating students' artistic growth through the exploration of painted media.
Ellen is based in the Mondrian building at Elam (Building 433).
Darren Glass - Master of Fine Arts
Darren has been photographing since the 1980s. He oversees the lighting studios, darkrooms and a wide range of analogue and digital cameras. Darren enjoys working with students who use photography in unusual or non-traditional ways.
Darren is based on level one of the Main Fine Arts building (Building 432).
Steve Lovett - Master of Fine Arts, Diploma in Adult Teaching
Steve oversees the Elam Print Lab on the fourth floor of the Mondrian Building. The Print Lab is designed to engage with a range of theoretical and practical approaches to print research.
A developing focus of print research involves the interface between analogue and digital modes of print production. By this means, print-based research investigates an expanded range of outcomes, including design and digital as well as projects in fashion and architecture and more traditional areas of fine art print research.
Before re-fashioning the Elam Print Lab, Steve worked at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) where he set up an interdisciplinary print research programme as well as more traditional areas of fine art print research.
Steve is based on level four in the Mondrian Building at Elam (Building 433).
Scott Facer - Bachelor of Design
Scott looks after the wood workshop and digital fabrication lab. He has a strong background in furniture and object design and enjoys the design challenges students bring into the workshop.
Scott is based in the Architecture and Planning workshops (Building 421).
Joseph looks after the wood workshop at Elam A School of Fine Arts. He has a strong background in furniture and cabinet making.
Joseph is based in the Mondrian building (Building 433).
Kenneth Murgitroyd - Advanced City & Guilds
Kenny is an experienced carpenter/joiner who oversees all woodworking machinery. He previously lectured and taught in Scotland before moving to New Zealand. Kenny enjoys encouraging students towards the practical building process and seeing the variety of work produced by students.
Kenny is based in the Architecture and Planning workshops (Building 421).
Bronte is based on level one of the Mondrian building (Building 433).