Sebastian has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction sector, which includes an architecture degree, building surveying, client project management,  and a 12-year stint in London across projects in retail, warehousing, commercial offices and high-end residential.

In 2011, Sebastian moved to New Zealand and took up a role with a developer before joining RCP in 2013.

Sebastian enjoys the front end of projects – testing the brief, exploring the concept, and assessing the feasibility.

“My philosophy centres on laying the groundwork upfront. By thoroughly understanding and interpreting the client brief and expectations, assembling the right team, creating suitable processes, and developing strong relationships, the rest of the project will be a positive experience for everyone involved. Delivering a project that is prepared for success brings me immense satisfaction."

Sebastian loves a spreadsheet and is known for his analytical thinking, all-round technical understanding, and passion for solving tricky problems. He routinely taps into his varied hands-on experience to review details and pose the right questions to the right people. 

“The more you understand these disciplines, the more you can challenge the thinking in the room and identify the best way forward.”

Sebastian’s collaborative style is one that comes naturally and is crucial to the success of his projects.

“Successful projects hinge on strong relationships. I strive to be accessible and approachable, fostering both personal and professional connections. Respect and trust are essential from all levels, ensuring smooth collaboration between individuals, entities, and disciplines. A dictatorial approach is ineffective."

Sebastian also loves to mentor and will generously share his tried-and-tested tricks of the trade with anyone looking to hone their skills, especially up-and-coming members of the team.

In his downtime, when he isn’t juggling kids’ sporting activities, Sebastian likes to work with his hands. Whether he’s building a set of stairs or an outdoor deck, it’s his “happy place” - a time when he has nothing in his head but the task at hand and a drive for perfection.

“At the outset, effective project set up is essential, particularly for a long-term project. Failing to do so can have profound consequences, not only for the project's finances but also the relationships of the project team.”

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Victoria University of Wellington
BRANZ Campus Redevelopment