MODE Appoints First Female Technical Director

11 October 2016

MODE has announced Alayna Renata as one of two new Directors to the managerial team, bringing a strong understanding on the importance of culture and values, and the development of innovative systems and processes to support MODE’s strategic objectives.

Ms. Renata is a well-respected member of MODE, and since being appointed as Group Landscape Manager in 2014, has led the Landscape Architecture team to become one of MODE’s most forward thinking and innovative sectors in the multidisciplinary firm.

This is not only MODE’s first female technical Director, but the youngest and only member of the management team with indigenous heritage. Ms. Renata is of Māori ancestry (Kai Tahu ki Puketeraki me Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau) and has developed skills in understanding and interpreting indigenous values in a landscape context. Her design career and personal ventures have further reinforced her passion in this space. Alayna has acted as Secretary (Kaiwhakahaere) for the Māori Landscape Architects Group (known as Te Tau-a-Nuku) for whom she is still an active member.

Rhonan O’Brien said it is important that MODE’s managerial team reflects both gender and geographic diversity; the addition of Ms. Renata further enhances this objective.

“Diversity, especially at leadership levels, helps bring new ideas. It is also critical in developing a new corporate culture, which is nearly always required when organisations like MODE are growing at an unprecedented rate. Ms. Renata brings considerable knowledge and experience being a Registered Landscape Architect (AILA & NZILA) and has helped promote Innovation Capitalisation™ to further the practice.” said Mr O’Brien.

For over a decade Ms. Renata has contributed at both national and international levels to understanding and interpreting indigenous values in a landscape context. Having presented a paper at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in 2011, and currently completing a PhD focused on the integration of indigenous values into landscape architecture, she is well versed in understanding indigenous landscape matters.

“I am honoured to be made MODE’s first female Director, and pleased that it shows such a historic step for MODE, woman and indigenous people. I look forward to expanding MODE’s business globally and leveraging our relationship with clients around the world as we look to grow and explore the changes we are seeing in the design and construction market”, said Alayna Renata.

Ms. Renata has trusted relationships within the industry, including governments and the wider community in Australia and New Zealand. Her visions and leadership skills will help MODE continue to maintain, develop and extend its multidisciplinary services across Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam.