Chief Experience Curator
Combining her knowledge in Architecture; her ability in delivering high level events, conferences and festivals; her creativity in photography; and her experience in the startup ecosystem, Erica Austin is the Founder and Chief Experience Curator at E.A.Curation. She works with non-profit organisations, government agencies, education providers and companies offering creative solutions to help curate meaningful experiences.
Erica is interested in how creative disciplines, businesses, community organisations and individuals can work collaboratively. With a Master’s degree in Architecture, she understands complex systems, how to work with physical spaces and how we can all contribute to shaping our city's future through city-making processes.
Her Master's Thesis project was focused on creating an Experience Economy for Christchurch and designed an architectural system that acted as catalyst for growth. This opened up various opportunities including working on the first ever Festival of Transitional Architecture FESTA in 2012 and since then, she is a key member at Te Putahi - Centre of Architecture and Citymaking that delivers FESTA biennially.
ARCHITECTURE | Graduating with a Masters in Architecture, Erica works with Te Putahi - Centre of Architecture and Citymaking and delivers special projects, public events and Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). She also works with various communities to design participatory processes unique to them encouraging participation.
START-UP | As a former Ministry of Awesome staff (2014-2018) and Startup Weekend Organiser, she is well connected in the entrepreneurial community and understands the journey of startups. She ran over 200 sessions of Coffee and Jam (Ministry of Awesome's most popular networking event) and led numerous programmes for early stage entrepreneurs and schools. Before she left Ministry of Awesome, she was involved in designing and delivering the Canterbury Innovation Ecosystem Map, a free resource for entrepreneurs and innovators at various stages of their journey.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Erica's photography passion started with architecture and as she slowly immerses herself with community initiatives, she found a new appreciation for capturing moments in space and uses photography as a tool for storytelling. Today she photographs community events, international conferences, weddings, people and more with her husband and co-runs Peanut Productions Photography.
EVENTS | Erica LOVES creating spaces for conversation and collaboration. She is the Lead City Organiser at PechaKucha Night Christchurch and active organising committee member at TEDxChristchurch, both voluntary roles. She co-organised Women Who Get Sh*t Done Christchurch, curated Christchurch Educated's Region Conference, delivered AASA Architecture Forum, supported Social Enterprise World Forum as an Experience Advisor and involved with SingularityU Summits in both New Zealand and Australia. From community events with 20 people to festivals with over 20,000 people, she's well experienced in designing, curating and delivering events of all shapes and forms.
INCLUSIVE PRACTICE + ALLY SKILLS | Erica is a Ally Skills NZ facilitator. Ally Skills take a data-driven approach to help companies map their current culture and set up systems to foster inclusive, thriving teams.
Research shows that when teams are more diverse and inclusive, companies are more productive, innovative, and profitable--but it can be hard to measure inclusion or know where to start. That’s why our data-driven insights help companies visualise where the culture challenges are today, and our consulting team works with companies to design systems that encourage inclusivity. We also offer the Ally Skills Workshop, which covers simple, everyday ways that you can use your voice and influence to support marginalised groups in the workplace.
In short, we work with forward-thinking companies to make diversity and inclusion a reality.
Learn more: allyskills.nz
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