About Robin

Robin present Changemakers

Robin trained as an architect at the University of Auckland in the early 1980s, and ran her own sustainable architecture practice for a number of years before founding Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood in 1995.

Earthsong was founded on a deep commitment to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable neighbourhood by growing a strong culture of respect, participation and cooperation, and incorporating the principles of cohousing, eco-architecture and permaculture. With her background in architecture, Robin guided the entire development and construction phase of this innovative project, from developing the vision and group agreements around consensus decision-making, group process and design, to managing contracts, budgets and detailed oversight of the construction.

In 2008 she travelled to the US, UK, Germany and Denmark on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study sustainable community and town centre regeneration projects. Read her report and blog.

Robin is a Fellow of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, and is profiled in the book “How Communities Heal”, published in 2011.

She is a co-founder of YIMFY: Yes In My Front Yard!, a new project with the vision of developing a Centre for Appropriate Building Technology in Auckland, that supports and promotes the use of environmentally restorative building materials and systems. View a short film about YIMFY here.

Robin now writes, consults and supports other community projects around New Zealand.