James Grose, BVN Donovan Hill


With a relationship that spans three landmark workplace projects over thirteen years, BVN Donovan Hill and ASB reflect on what they have achieved in the time that they have worked together and they will share learnings from their ongoing collaboration. C:Drive, Sovereign House and ASB North Wharf have all advanced the cause of contemporary workplace in New Zealand; each project has contributed to a developing understanding of what the future of work is for ASB.

James Grose
National Director, BVN Donovan Hill.

James Grose, National Director leading the BVN Donovan Hill team in a number of benchmark projects.

Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications.

Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN Donovan Hill through a merger in 1998, James was appointed National Director in 2006. James has led the BVN Donovan Hill project team in a number of benchmark projects, from the seminal Campus MLC,and NAB at Docklands, through to the award-winning Brain and Mind Research Institute at The University of Sydney, and more recently, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and ASB North Wharf.

  • How do architects and clients collaborate?
  • What are the keys to creating supportive, long-term creative relationships?
  • What real influence does a client have to determine the outcome of a design project? 
  • How does a client weigh the design measurable against the design immeasurables to achieve a building with vision?
  • With mutual trust comes responsibility and commitment, but what does trust deliver in return?