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Eva Nash has al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with houses. As a child she’d spend hours build­ing mod­els and drawing up plans.

‘‘Ar­chi­tec­ture is all I ever con­sid­ered do­ing. I’ve al­ways loved it so for me work isn’t a chore,’’ she says.

‘‘I re­ally be­lieve the en­vi­ron­ment you live in can change how you see the world and whether you wake up happy.’’

Al­ter­ing things like the height of the ceil­ing or adding colour, tex­tures and bring­ing more light in can make all the dif­fer­ence, she says.

The 35-year-old worked at Ar­chi­tec­ture Smith and Scully as well as Boss­ley Ar­chi­tects for sev­eral years be­fore start­ing Ro­gan Nash Ar­chi­tects with fel­low ar­chi­tect Kate Ro­gan in 2012.

The San­dring­ham res­i­dent also ap­peared as a pre­sen­ter on the TVNZ re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show Our First Home.

Be­ing filmed for tele­vi­sion was a lit­tle nerve-rack­ing at first, she says.

‘‘But it came nat­u­rally be­cause this is what I do ev­ery day; there just hap­pened to be a cam­era watch­ing me.’’

Nash counts win­ning a New Zealand In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects res­i­den­tial de­sign award for designing her mother’s home in Mt Maun­ganui as a ca­reer high­light.

Work­ing in New York for a year was an­other great ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Space is a pre­mium in New York so in­stead of hav­ing lots of space they spend a lot of money on a small space and ev­ery­thing is very finely de­signed.’’

From there she moved to Dubai, work­ing on res­i­dences for the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel.

She com­pleted a Masters De­gree in res­i­den­tial sus­tain­abil­ity a few years ago. Dur­ing her study she de­signed an off-the-grid house.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to work on a house which was not only aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful but also used nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.’’

It’s about work­ing with what the client is com­fort­able with, she says.

‘‘If you can make a small change by putting in in­su­la­tion and deal­ing with ven­ti­la­tion it will not only make your house more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, it will also be warmer and re­duce your elec­tric­ity bill.’’

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key to projects run­ning smoothly, Nash says.

‘‘I’m on site a cou­ple of times a week. There are al­ways prob­lems that come up but I love the chal­lenge of work­ing through is­sues with the builders.’’

Be­ing good at multi-tasking

is also im­por­tant, she says.

‘‘One minute you’re designing and you’re in quite a cre­ative place; the next minute you’re de­tail­ing con­struc­tion which is very tech­ni­cal.

‘‘Then you’re deal­ing with coun­cil or con­trac­tors or you’re think­ing about what’s hap­pen­ing on site.’’

The best bit is when peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the home you’ve cre­ated for them, Nash says.

‘‘It’s so lovely to come back at the end of a project and see peo­ple en­joy­ing the house and their chil­dren hav­ing a bet­ter con­nec­tion to the out­doors.’’

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