Community Architect

Shikara Ventura was born and raised in Titirangi, West Auckland. Her half Sri Lankan, half Kiwi ethnicity has enriched her cultural perspective and ability to successfully traverse Aotearoa’s multicultural society. Having attended St Cuthbert’s, she progressed onto the University of Auckland to complete her MArch (Prof) (Hons) in 2020. 

Her thesis delved into how architecture should be portrayed in an increasingly culturally diverse world, built on her desire to represent her ancestors’ stories as they had been passed down through generations. Shikara weaved her own unique identity into her interior cross-cultural architectural designs, as a reflection of the changing culture in NZ, encapsulating time immemorial

Upon completion of her personally confrontational studies, Shikara chose to travel to Sri Lanka to connect directly with the themes that she navigated in her final year. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 she was forced to return to New Zealand, where she briefly worked in a furniture store before beginning work with TROW group. Shikara aspired to become an active representative of a cross-cultural experience for generations to come. At TROW, she found the shared ideals and morals made her transition to our Community Architect a smooth one. 

TROW provided the perfect niche for Shikara to optimise her skills towards a worthwhile cause via contributing to significant social and environmental outcomes, leaving a memorable mark in the world.


Stuff: West Auckland locals Joe Vagana and Saia Latu make a difference

December 06, 2017.

Former Kiwi player Joe Vagana is part of a team taking on international construction giants with his company Trow Group.

The civil contracting and machinery hire company manages million dollar projects across the Auckland and Waikato region…

Stuff: Front-row forward turned construction entrepreneur gives back

August 15, 2018.

On the field he was one of the game’s most destructive runners, capable of tearing a defensive line to shreds.

But life after footy for Joe Vagana is more about putting things back together than ripping them apart…

RNZ: Salvaged Auckland City Rail Link material to be shipped to Tonga

October 30, 2019.

Material salvaged from an Auckland City Rail Link construction site will be shipped to Tonga next month, where it will be used to help rebuild cyclone-battered communities.

The material was stripped from City Rail Link buildings being demolished near the Mt Eden station…