Colin Orchiston

Present Position

Principal: Orchiston Architects Ltd., Architecture & Dispute Resolution.

Professional Experience

Principal and/or manager of an architecture practice since 1976. About 18 months full time equivalent valuation work experience. Active in dispute resolution and risk management since 1993. 13 years as part-time tertiary tutor in construction, economics and professional practice. Governance experience on corporate boards (1993 and current) and statutory board (2006 - 2014).

Career Summary

From 1976 to 2003 running a private practice in architecture, valuation, and building dispute resolution. From 2003 to 2010 at a senior technical and management level in a large multidisciplinary consulting firm, whilst maintaining private practice in dispute resolution. 2010 return to private practice in architecture and dispute resolution, and consulting to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on weathertight homes issues.

Appointments

Board Member, Professionals Benefits and Superannuation Group - 1993 to 2011. Board Member, New Zealand Architects Co-operative Society - 1993 and current. Board Member, Licensed Building Practitioners' Board 2006 to 2014. Appointed to working group ahead of the 2002 Construction Contracts Act, and to the 2013 review panel for NZS3910.

Publications

Author and/or presenter of several conference papers and NZIA practice notes on dispute resolution, weathertight homes and Construction Contracts Act.

Personal Summary

I recognise that disputes involve personal and financial issues, and that the processes to resolve them must be tailored to the circumstances. The big disputes may not be the tough ones, and the smaller ones may need a dose of realism. I am equally happy to serve in the role of advisor, litigation support, expert witness, mediator, arbitrator or adjudicator. I am a Registered Architect with qualifications in Valuation and Dispute Resolution, and a Fellow of both NZIA and AMINZ. Since 1993 I have had an ongoing involvement in dispute resolution, risk management and litigation support; as arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator and expert witness, and in the review of weathertight claims and professional indemnity claims. I am in active practice as an architect, but my primary focus is to help others avoid, understand, and resolve building disputes.

Background

Brought up as a son of an Architect, I took night classes in Arbitration in my final year of Architecture (1973), and qualified in Valuation a few years later. I have done more than my fair share of DIY. My involvement in counselling other architects in risk management and liability issues has exposed me to a wide range of construction issues. My work experience has given me an understanding of personal expectations, small firms, corporates, and government.

Speciality Areas

Building failure analysis; Construction disputes; Design risk management.

Qualifications

Qualified (AMINZ professional course + technical institute courses) and actively practising as an arbitrator before the introduction of NZ university qualifications in dispute resolution.

AMINZ Fellow (Arb/Med); AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators, Panel of Mediators, and List of Adjudicators.

Registered Architect, BArch., FNZIA,

Qualified in urban valuation ProfUrbVal. but not practising.

EQC Mediation Profile

Personal Statement: As a mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator, I recognise that disputes involve personal and financial issues, and that the resolution process should be tailored to the circumstances. As the architect for over 300 house alterations - and having done my fair share of DIY - I understand the personal and technical issues involved. In nearly 20 years of counselling other designers I have dealt with a wide range of technical and legal issues, and with the grief, stress and uncertainty of adverse events. My management and teaching experience underpins an understanding of communication, personal expectations, small firms, corporates, and government. Professional Experience: 1976 to 2003 principal in private practice in architecture (residential and small-medium commercial), valuation, and building disputes. 13 years as part-time tertiary tutor (construction, management, economics). 2003 to 2010 at senior technical and management level in multidisciplinary consulting firm engaged in multi- unit residential, commercial and industrial projects, whilst maintaining private practice in building disputes. 2010 return to private practice in architecture and dispute resolution. Dispute resolution - since 1993 over 1000 construction, valuation, or property disputes: arbitrations, adjudications,mediations (including as Weathertight Homes mediator); expert reports and litigation support; counselling and guidance to designers facing negligence claims; hearing of complaints and appeals as Board Member of the Licensed Building Practitioners' Board. Qualifications: Registered Architect and qualified Urban Valuer. BArch., FNZIA, ProfUrbVal., FAMINZ (Arb/Med); AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators, Panel of Mediators, and List of Adjudicators.