Gina Jones
Gina Jones
Director, Registered Architect

MFA RMIT, BArch (1st Class Hons), BBSc, VUW FNZIOB FNZIA

Gina is a leading figure in the New Zealand building industry and a talented Designer.  In 2009 Gina received the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Medal for someone who has made a significant contribution to the practice and science of building, the only practicing Architect to ever win the award.  Gina has also won a number of awards from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), namely; a  Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and being co-winner of the Helen Tippet Memorial Award for the ‘Woman who has made the Greatest Contribution to the Construction Industry for the Decade 1996-2006’.

In addition, Gina is a  former elected National President of the New Zealand Institute of Building, the only woman to have served in this position.  Gina was also the first National President of National Association of Women in Construction in 2012, an organization she co-founded in 1996 (which until 2012 then had been Wellington based).

Gina’s Strengths:

  • Planning.
  • Collaborative approach.
  • Big picture vision.
  • Design Management.
  • Construction Administration.
  • Enjoys the challenge of a difficult site/project.

Gina’s Achievements:

  • In an industry in which clients regularly change their architects, Gina has been very successful in developing long-term client-architect relationships that has seen her exclusively leading various organizations building projects for considerable periods of time (one client is now 30 years).
  • Gina has created systems and means to undertake work nationally out of one central office, a process that now sees a third of the practices work undertaken outside of the Greater Wellington Region.
  • Gina has developed interactive databases for the business and for projects so that information can be accessed seamlessly and out of the office. The power of these solutions is in the ability to quickly find information.
  • Grew the practice’s revenues four-fold over a six year period by significantly altering the practice’s work profile away from a narrow geographical and project type focus to a more profitable and diverse nationwide and multi-sector mix.

Gina has additional training in the following areas:

  • Resource Management: Making Good Decisions, Opus (enrolled March 2016)
  • BIM: BRE Academy, BIM International (BIM Level 2) Management: Institute of Directors Courses –Strategy, Finance, Chairing the Board courses.
  • Heritage Conservation: The Conservation of Traditional Buildings Summer School 2013,  and Cultural Heritage Management, Summer School 2010, both via University of Canberra/Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage
  • Project Management: PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp, 2010

Accent Architects has a much smaller team than what the practice previously has had. This allows  Gina Jones to become involved in projects on a day to day basis.