Adam has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Auckland University. He has been an NZIA registered architect since 1994 and is a Fellow of the NZIA.
Adam gained a Master of Arts degree in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings and Landscapes) from the University of York, UK.
Adam was the founding Chairman of the NZIA Heritage Task Group and in 2005 drafted the Institute’s first Heritage Policy. He is a full member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) New Zealand, a member of the International Polar Heritage Committee (a scientific committee of ICOMOS) and a member of the International Polar Heritage Committee’s Sub-Antarctic Islands Working Group.
He is a full member of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Association and a member of, and Peer Reviewer for, the International Association for Preservation Technology International. Adam is also a Peer Reviewer for the Endangered Wooden Architecture Programme (EWAP) at Oxford Brookes University, UK, a member of the Urban Design Forum and a member of the International Cities, Town Centres, and Communities Society.
Adam is a member of the Resource Management Law Association (“RMLA”) and a contributor to the RMLA’s Resource Management Journal. In 2017 he was awarded the RMLA’s Outstanding Person of the Year Award for his “Significant contribution to conservation architecture in New Zealand and internationally”.
With over 20 years’ experience in Conservation and Heritage matters Adam is regarded as a leader in this field. He is currently or has been conservation architect on a number of nationally and internationally significant building conservation projects including;
- The Treaty House at Waitangi (1834)
- The Old Government House (1840 and 1856) and precinct, Auckland
- The Wellington Town Hall
- The former Courthouse, Apia, Samoa
- The Heroic Era Huts of Scott and Shackleton in the Antarctic.
Adam has undertaken area studies around New Zealand including areas in Whangarei, Auckland, Coromandel, Arrowtown, Akaroa, Wellington and Lower Hutt. In the case of Akaroa and Arrowtown this also resulted in design guidelines for these distinctive historic areas.
Adam has been associated with the Department of Architecture at Unitec as an external examiner for their Master of Architecture candidates and since 2009 has acted as a guest reviewer and lecturer in a range of architectural conservation subjects including contributions to the History of New Zealand Architecture series.