Amiria Pérez was born in Heretaunga and grew up on an apple orchard there, near the Tukituki River. In 1999 she moved to Ruatoria to attend Ngata college for her final year of highschool. Amiria is an Architectural Designer with a rich ancestral background. She shares her experience of Maori places and how that has continued to influence her as a person and as a designer.
For the last five years, Amiria has been working in post-earthquake Christchurch, and has also been involved in transitional projects as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture.
Within the architectural field Amiria has a particular interest in using a transitional design approach to test how Māori identity can be expressed and celebrated in an urban context. She is also currently exploring the relationship between craft, architecture and identity.