Jessica is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, a charitable organisation dedicated to growing people and places together. Te Pūtahi grew out FESTA, a biennial festival of celebration of urban creativity and regeneration which Jessica has Directed since the inaugural event in 2012. FESTA brings together tertiary design and architecture schools from Australia and New Zealand with local arts organisations, communities and businesses who collaborate on the transformation and reimagination of vacant or empty central city spaces to provide an opportunity for the public to experience Christchurch anew.
PechaKucha owes Dr. Jessica Halliday the life she has today. She was co-organiser of PechaKucha Night Christchurch following the major earthquakes that devastated and destroyed much of the inner city. Jess shares some memorable PK talks that were full of hope and dreams and some even absurd.