Experienced across the design and construction sector, all four senior leaders have been instrumental in Unispace’s growth in New Zealand in the last 12 years, and its position as one of the premier workplace design and construction specialists in the country.
Harry enters this role after six years as Regional Principal of Design, having led the team to deliver award-winning projects for clients including the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), PwC, Suncorp, Jarden, Westpac, RocketWerkz, and Auckland Spine Surgery Centre.
Highly regarded within the wider design industry and Unispace, Harry leads by example; inspiring innovation, openness, and a desire to achieve more.
"I am thrilled to announce Harry’s promotion as Managing Director, New Zealand where he will focus on further strengthening our brand and market position as a leading strategy, design, and construction firm in the region. At Unispace, we invest in our people and their careers so are extremely proud to be promoting outstanding leaders from within our organization.” - Emma Forster Mitrovski, CEO, ANZ
"This is an exciting time for Unispace—we are attracting and elevating exceptional capability by enhancing our offering through new acquisitions such as Downstream and BPE. I look forward to building upon the foundations we have established by continuing to invest in our solid culture, our brand, and most importantly our talented people.” - Harry Rowntree, Managing Director, New Zealand
Having joined Unispace in 2017, Arwen has led the construction team to deliver projects with the highest standard of quality and health and safety standards and has established strong partnerships with public and private sector clients including Kāinga Ora, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), The Warehouse Group, HEB Construction, and Woolworths.
In 2021, Arwen’s team delivered 27 workplace projects with 100% delivered on time; one quarter ahead of schedule. Of these projects, 100% were completed with 7 or fewer defects.
As Head of Delivery, Arwen leads the pre-construction and construction team nationally, with a focus on minimizing risk during the pandemic and global supply chain issues and continuing to provide an outstanding client experience and integrating Lean into our unique methodology.
Arwen also serves as a member of the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveying and the National Association of Women in Construction, continuing her stewardship for women in the industry.
In his new role as Head of Client Solutions, Luke will lead the Client Engagement, Client Development, and Strategy teams nationally, with a focus on strengthening new industry verticals and leveraging global insights to benefit organizations in New Zealand.
Luke has held senior positions as Principal of Client Development and Principal of Delivery at Unispace since 2014. He has been instrumental in developing many of the risk management systems and processes for the continuous improvement of our unique methodology.
Luke’s background in project management, allows him to approach real estate problems proactively and drive quality-focused outcomes. Bringing together account management and workplace strategy, Luke will drive strategic partnerships to continue to raise the benchmark on portfolio management across private, public, and landlord sectors.
In his role as Senior Principal, Client Engagement, Matt leads a proactive national team dedicated to strengthening new and existing client partnerships.
With a background in project management and architectural training, Matt brings a wealth of commercial design and construction experience. He has worked both in New Zealand and London leading large-scale commercial projects across the retail, healthcare, education, and public sectors.
Matt’s focus as we move into 2022 is to continue to strengthen our national growth aspirations, connect the New Zealand market with new Unispace initiatives, and introduce our recent acquisitions, Downstream and BPE.
Thank you to our team for their ongoing contributions to the business. We look forward to what this next generation of leadership brings us.
In 2021, Unispace announced a change of ownership having been acquired by PAG, a private equity firm managing US$33 billion in assets for more than 150 institutional investors from around the world. Our new owners are enhancing our ambitious growth plans as we enter a second decade with new leadership globally. Read more here.