Iwi: Ngā Puhi
Hapu: Ngāti Hau
As a practitioner and educator working in the field of Māori architecture and cultural landscape design, Rau brings a rare combination of kaupapa Māori design skills coupled with significant experience with urban design, Māori heritage, cultural and educational design consultancy over the last 25 years.
Rau is a founding Director of design TRIBE architects which specialises in the field of Māori architecture particularly within cultural / marae, visitor, health, urban design, educational and papakāinga / Māori housing environments.
Rau has been an Auckland Council urban design panel member since 2012 and continues to work with local tribes and the Auckland Design Office, Auckland Transport and Panuku Development Auckland on the application of the Te Aranga Māori design principles which he co-developed in a range of high profile urban design projects including the City Rail Link (CRL), Waterfront Auckland and Downtown projects.
Rau also completed filming (as co-writer / presenter) for the 13 part ‘Whare Māori’ architecture television series for Māori Television which screened from May 2011.
Finally Rau in 2014 was part of the project team that designed and installed the inaugural New Zealand exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale returning again in 2016 to provide specialist cultural support to the New Zealand ‘Future Islands’ entry.