Ockham is the lead partner of Objectspace, a centre for design, craft, and architecture located in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Founded in 2004, Objectspace is unwavering in its dedication to these fields, supporting makers, curating exhibitions, and deepening knowledge of the rich material culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ockham is here for all of it: the objects, the shows, the writing, and the conversations that emerge. Critical thinking in all its forms is something very dear to our hearts – and minds – and we love the debate, the discourse, the conjecture that happens at Objectspace.
So a few years back, as Objectspace fundraised to expand to new premises, we leapt at the opportunity to get on board. In 2017, when its newly refurbished space opened up on Rose Road in Ponsonby, we were honoured to have a gallery at Objectspace named after Ockham.
“We live in a world full of possibility,” says Mark Todd. “Breathing life into possibility requires imagination and critical thinking … We took up the lead sponsorship of Objectspace to support them in their exploration of possibility through design.”
“Our partnership with Ockham has been special from the get-go. It’s an empowering relationship, foregrounded in the notion that our daily experiences of the built environment make a huge contribution to wellbeing and community.”Objectspace director, Kim Paton
The eponymous Ockham Lecture Series
Since then, we’ve sponsored a series of talks at Objectspace called, plainly enough: The Ockham Lecture Series. These lively evening events (there’s wine and snacks) have become a must-attend on the city’s cultural calendar. They cover a broad range of speakers and themes: a sampling from just 2021 had Sarah Hudson on play in contemporary Māori art practice, Finn McCahon-Jones on intentionally slow making, and Jade Kake and Elisapeta Heta on spaces, behaviours, and how tikanga governs a physical environment.
As committed thinkers on urbanism ourselves we’re especially keen on the chats hosted by Objectspace about the built environment. As Tāmaki Makaurau continues to change, these ongoing discussions spark fresh ideas and new mindsets.
“Our partnership with Ockham has been special from the get go. Since they backed us to expand Objectspace in 2017, they’ve inspired us to tell important stories about architecture and urban planning through our programme,” says Director Kim Paton. “It’s an empowering relationship, foregrounded in the notion that our daily experiences of the built environment make a huge contribution to wellbeing and community.”
By and by, Objectspace is just a block away from our Williamson Ave development, The Greenhouse. We couldn’t imagine better neighbours: they’re cool, they’re thoughtful, they’re great to banter with, and they throw the best parties.