FFWD (Fast Forward) is the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning’s public lecture series.

Architects Julie Stout and Lynda Simmons and Planner Dr. Elizabeth Aitken Rose will speak on their practices operating at the intersections of activism, feminism, and the built realm.

This lecture will take place in the gallery among the work produced by ĀKAU and their collaborators. Based in Te Taitokerau, Northland, ĀKAU is a design and architecture practice that places people and community at the heart of their projects.

This lecture is part of the Festival of Architecture. Fast Forward is sponsored by GIB. Book here.



Julie Stout is a practising architect, interested in urbanism, with 35 years of professional experience, including residential, school buildings, art galleries and urban design projects. Stout has been in practice with David Mitchell as Mitchell & Stout Architects, with work winning many awards. Since 2002 she has been actively involved in the processes shaping the urban environment of Auckland City, helping instigate the Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design in 2005 that started the cultivating awareness of  the importance of good urban design for the growing city. 


Lynda Simmons is a Registered Architect (since 1989) and has combined architectural practice with architectural education since 1995. Lynda has worked in New York, Vancouver, London and Auckland since graduation from The University of Auckland B.Arch(Hons) in 1987, and completed her research MArch at the University of Auckland in 2012 in the field of New Zealand architectural history, 1960s-70s.  Lynda has been an external examiner for the architecture programmes at Victoria University and Unitec, and for Spatial Design at ATI (now AUT). She has maintained a connection and service to the profession and has acted as juror for, and been recipient of, NZIA and AAA architectural awards and others.  In 2011 Lynda co-founded the Architecture+Women NZ professional and research group and has an ongoing passion for research and community support in the area of gender and architecture.  


Elizabeth Aitken Rose works in the areas of urban planning, specialising in planning history and theory, cultural policy and heritage. She is currently researching cultural planning in local government and has published on subjects as diverse as literary house museums, engineering heritage and engaging young people in planning. Prior to this she worked for the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development and for central government. She is currently the Chair of the Frank Sargeson Trust and on Auckland Council’s Heritage Advisory Panel.

Julie Stout