Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei



Kramer Ausenco



Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei is passionate about Pacific architecture – its research, its design and its related practices. She descends from the villages of Tatakamōtonga and Houma in the Kingdom of Tonga, and is a proud NZ-born Pacific Islander. As a registered architect, Charmaine has practised architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia for over ten years. Charmaine is currently discipline lead for Kramer Ausenco’s regional offices located in Australia and the South Western Pacific Islands. As a project architect for Kramer Ausenco, she has worked on commercial, educational, healthcare, multi-residential, transport and industrial projects located in the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

In 2016, Charmaine completed her PhD at the University of Queensland on the study of architectural transformations of domestic environments in Tonga from the 1940s until the early 2000s. Charmaine has sessional teaching experience in Auckland and Brisbane and she contributes to academia as an expert reviewer for research theses about Pacific architecture and peer reviewer for SAHANZ, Fabrications, and Interstices papers.


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