Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

Jason Yap

Associate, Registered Architect

2208 HMOA AK Office 1519x

Stephanie Gardner

Associate, Registered Architect

Stephanie Gardner

Duval O'Neill

Director, Registered Architect

Duval O'Neill

Lani van Schreven

Registered Architect

Lani van Schreven

Matt Robinson

Director, Registered Architect

Matthew Robinson

Nicholas Sewell

Associate, Registered Architect

Nicholas Sewell

Bob

Bobby

James Lee

Registered Architect

James

Karin Thurston

Interior Designer

Karin Thurston

Max Herriot

Director, Registered Architect

Max Herriot

Ana Suznjevic

Architectural Graduate

Ana v2

Rochelle Tse

Registered Architect

Rochelle Tse

Matt Pearson

Director, Registered Architect

Matt Pearson

Jenny Duck

Registered Architect

Jenny Duck

Alfie

Alfie

John Melhuish

Director, Registered Architect

John Melhuish

Sally Britten

Architectural Graduate

Sally Britten

Vanessa Pearce

Practice Manager

Vanessa Pearce

Lewis Ellison

Architectural Graduate

Lewis Ellison

Poi

Poi

Brent Sykes

Associate, Registered Architect

Brent

Rachel Healy

Publicist

Rachel Healy studio

Oliver Markham

Consultant, Registered Architect

Oliver Markham

Mabel

Mabel in the Wellington studio

Our Directors

Max Herriot

Director, Wellington
Registered Architect

Max Herriot

John Melhuish

Director, Wellington
Registered Architect

John Melhuish

Duval O'Neill

Director, Christchurch
Registered Architect

Duval O'Neill

Matt Pearson

Director, Auckland
Registered Architect

Matt Pearson

Matthew Robinson

Director, Auckland
Registered Architect

Matthew Robinson

Max Herriot

Based in the Wellington studio, Max Herriot, Registered Architect, ANZIA, founded the practice with John Melhuish in 1997 as Herriot + Melhuish Architecture. Prior to HMA, Max had his own business, Max Herriot Design. From 1984–1988, he worked for a London-based practice, Michael Aukett Associates.

Max has a broad experience across a range of building types including commercial building refurbishments, hospitality projects, commercial fit-outs and large-scale projects. More recently Max worked on Lane Street Studios (2022), Harbour City Centre Annexe Strengthening (2016–2020), the FNZ fit-out (2019), the China Cultural Centre in Wellington and several projects for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His focus has been on initial design concepts, design development, through to coordination of documentation, with a specific interest in detail, as well as structural solutions providing a connection to his engineering background.

Max grew up in Wellington’s Eastbourne bays. A keen sportsman, he played basketball for New Zealand and regularly competed in the K2 and Lake Taupo Cycling Challenges. He lives in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore, when not escaping to his Kapiti Coast beach house.

Get in touch with Max in the Wellington studio.

Key Projects

Project Director for:
Lane Street Studios (2022)
MFAT CMB Fit Out (2019–)
Molly Malones Strengthening (2019– )
Foxglove Refurbishment (2020)
Harbour City Centre Annexe Strengthening (2016–2020)
FNZ Fit-Out (2019)
Creature Fit-Out (2017)
Waikanae House I (2017)
MFAT YGN Fit-Out (2017)
MFAT AUE Fit-Out (2017)
161 Cuba Street Strengthening and Apartments (2017)
Peka Peka House I
China Cultural Centre Fit Out and Remediation (2015–)
Trade Me Fit-Out NZX Level 4 (2015)
Nga Waka Vineyard, Winery Extension (2015)
Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Auckland (2014)
Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Wellington (2012)
Westpac Regional Stadium Team Change Facilities and Deloitte Clubroom Upgrade, Wellington (2012- 2013)
Bethell's Beach House (2003)

Design Architect for:
St Bede’s College Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2010)
Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007)
VUW Recreation Centre, Wellington (2006)
Vogel Integrated Campus, Wellington (2006)
Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor Auckland (2002)
New Zealand Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Wellington (2000)
Silverscreen Productions/ Oktober, Wellington (2000)

John Melhuish

John Melhuish, Registered Architect, FNZIA, manages the Wellington studio with Max Herriot and is the key contact for Bay of Plenty projects.

Before co-founding Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 1997, John worked for a decade for one of New Zealand’s most high-profile practices, Athfield Architects. Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015) was a mentor; his design philosophy and studio culture continue to inspire the practice. John has both led and worked within large and diverse project teams, focussed on achieving the best quality through the coordination and collaboration of other design disciplines. John has extensive experience in a wide range and scale of projects and a particular interest in the contemporary adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. He believes in a strong emphasis on the craft of detail throughout the design process. Recent projects include: National Academy of Screen Arts, Massey University (2022– ), Whangārei House (2022), Petone Townhouses | Seaborne Development (2019–2022), 135 Jackson St, Petone (2021) and Te Awe, Wellington City Library (2019–2020).

John is a previous Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council for BRANZ, was a member of the Wellington City Council Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Wellington Waterfront from 2005-2011 and a member of NZIA Council from 2009-2014.

A Napier Boys High School old boy, John played hockey for New Zealand from 1981 to 1986 and is now an avid trail runner. He lives in Strathmore, Wellington, and spends time in Mt Maunganui where he's a keen surfer.

Get in touch with John in the Wellington studio.

Key Projects

National Academy of Screen Arts, Massey University (2022– )
Whangārei House (2022)
Petone Townhouses | Seaborne Development (2019–2022)
135 Jackson St, Petone (2021)
Te Awe, Wellington City Library (2019–2020)
Waikanae House II (2020)
MAS Office Fit-Out (2019)
Palmerston North City Council Cultural Centre Masterplan, with McIndoe Urban and Local (2019)
Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana a Kiwa, Pacific Island War Memorial, with Michel Tuffery (2019–2021)
Nga Taonga Sound and Vision Fit-Out (2019)
Kāinga Ora Hanson Street Apartments (2014–2019)
TSB Arena Refurbishment, Wellington (2015–2018)
Peka Peka House II (2016)
NZX Fit-Out, Wellington (2014–2015)
Soltius NZ Office Fit-Outs, Wellington + Auckland (2011–2014)
Design Architect for Newmarket and Mt Albert Railway Stations, with Opus, Auckland (2010–2011)
National Navy Museum (with Opus), Devonport Auckland (2011)
Māori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010)
Waimarama Beach House (2008)
VUW Theatre and Film Refurbishment (2007)
119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008)
Bowen Integrated Campus (with CCM), Wellington (2007–2008)
Seatoun House II (2006)
Vogel Integrated Campus (with CCM), Wellington (2006)
VUW Rec Centre Refurbishment (2006)
City Chambers Refurbishment, Wellington (2004)
Silverscreen Productions, Wellington and Auckland (2000–2002)
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Wellington (2000)
10 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington (1998)

 

Duval O'Neill

Duval O'Neill, Registered Architect; ANZIA, manages the Christchurch studio. Duval joined Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 2002, working on both commercial and residential projects. In January 2005, the pull home to the mainland became too much so Duval established the Christchurch studio where he quickly established strong relationships within the Canterbury construction sector, and acquired a strong portfolio of committed clients, including St Bedes College. Duval became an Associate with HMA in 2005 and a Director in 2007. He was lead architect on the Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011), a finalist in the 2013 Home of the Year. Recent projects include: Hokitika Government Buildings (current), Redcliffs House (2023), Carriage Quarter Apartments (current) (current), Cashmere House (2022) and Mt Pleasant House (2022)

Before HMOA, in 1996 Duval worked in architectural practices in London on a range of large-scale urban regeneration projects, commercial developments and quality roof-top housing developments. Back in New Zealand in 2000, he worked with Stephenson and Turner (NZ) Ltd on large-scale commercial projects where he became an Associate. 

Born and bred in Southland, Duval lives in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant but regularly explores Central Otago on both his mountain bike and skis. Read a Stuff article on Duval's own home and other Christchurch houses he has worked on.

Get in touch with Duval in the Christchurch studio.

Key projects

Hokitika Government Buildings (current)
Redcliffs House (2023)
Carriage Quarter Apartments (current)
Cashmere House (2022)
Mt Pleasant House (2022)
St Bedes Gym Alteration (2018)
Fendalton Open-Air School Refurbishment (2018)
Fendalton House Restoration (2018)
St Bede's College Gymnasium Stage 2 (2018)
O’Neill House, Christchurch (2016)
Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant, Christchurch (2013)
Kathmandu NZ Headquarters, Christchurch (2013)
Gloucester Street Apartments refurbishment, Christchurch (2011)
Rutherford House Rebuild, Christchurch (2013)
Clifton Hill
House, Christchurch (2013)
St Bede’s College Brodie Classrooms Refurbishment, Christchurch (2011)
St Bede’s College Master Planning, Christchurch (2012–current)
St Bede's College Wearmouth Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2011)
Les Mills Gymnasium, Christchurch (2011–2012)

Matt Pearson

Matt Pearson, Registered Architect, ANZIA, runs the Auckland studio. As well as his own architectural projects, Matt is well connected to all sectors of the building industry. On graduating from Auckland University in 1990, he bought a ute and a drop-saw and started his own development projects, initially designing and building small houses in his childhood home of Manurewa, before moving onto complex buildings including apartment blocks in the Auckland ‘city fringe’. In between his own developments, in 1998 Matt worked in London for SKF Architects.

Matt joined Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects in 2016 and founded the Auckland studio. Recent projects include the apartment developments Buscombe Ave Apartments (2022) and Rose Rd Apartments (current), as well as a number of social housing projects for Kāinga Ora Housing New Zealand.

Matt lives with his family in Parnell and thrives on the surf in Raglan where he spends many weekends.

Get in touch with Matt in the Auckland studio.

Key Projects

Landscape Rd Apartments (2023)
Buscombe Ave Apartments (2022)
Rose Rd Apartments (Current)
Sero Apartments (Current)
Beauchamp Dr Apartments (Current)
Brandon Rd Apartments (Current)
Reverie Dr Apartments (Current)

Prior to joining HMOA:
Designer, Epsom Central Apartment, Manukau Rd (2016)
Designer and Project Manager, Momentum Apartments, College Hill Freemans Bay (2013–14)
Designer and builder, Deeney House, Remuera (2005)
Designer and builder, 25 Cheshire Street Apartments (2001–02)
Designer and builder, 2 Atarangi Rd Apartments (1998).

Matthew Robinson

With over 17 years of experience in commercial and residential, Matt Robinson, Registered Architect, ANZIA, has also worked on large-scale projects at Plus Architecture, Leuschke Group Architects and RTA Studio, including multiple multi-unit and hotel developments. Matt aligns his design and technical skills with solid experience in business development and project management—all complemented by an earlier career as a landscape designer.

Matt became a director of the Auckland studio in 2022 and has a long association with HMOA. As a new graduate, he did a stint in the Wellington studio where he gained early training in the modelling software Revit.

Matt lives with his wife and three children in Westmere House. Originally a state house, Matt designed the alterations in two stages, and the project has been featured in Here magazine. Other recent projects include the apartment developments Buscombe Ave Apartments (2022), Sero Apartments (current) and Rose Rd Apartments (current), as well as several social housing projects for Kāinga Ora Housing New Zealand.

Brought up in rural Waikato, he loves to escape to the family farm or a beach or lake, whenever he can.

Get in touch with Matt in the Auckland studio.

Key projects

Westmere House (2023)
Cox's Bay House (2023
Rose Rd Apartments (Current)
Landscape Rd Apartments (2023)
Buscomb Ave Apartments (2022)
Sero Apartments (Current)
Beauchamp Dr Apartments (Current)
Brandon Rd Apartments (Current)
Reverie Dr Apartments (Current)

For Plus Architecture: Pacifica Apartments (2019), Hotels, Ramada Manukau (2019), Ramada Kawarau River (under construction) in Queenstown.

For Leuschke Group: Balfour Apartments high-end development (2013), Edgerley Apartments, Queens Square, Rotorua Police Station, Vinegar Lane multi-use development.

For RTA: AUT Design School (2010) and a series of residential projects.

Our Associates

Jason Yap

Registered Architect Jason Yap brings a wealth of commercial experience to the Auckland studio following time at Leuschke Kahn Architects, Context Architects and Plus Architecture. Jason has also worked at Nettleton Tribe Architects in Brisbane. 

Jason relishes the diversity of his role and working in a wider team to follow the architectural process from sketch to fully realised building. His extensive architectural knowledge and experience have seen him work on everything from small interior fit-outs to high-density housing and apartment developments.

A graduate of the University of Auckland School of Architecture, Jason lives in Onehunga with his wife and young child.

Key Projects

Hobsonville Uku and Kere Apartments, Hobsonville Point; Papatoetoe Mall; Fletcher Living Moire Road Housing Development, Massey; Safari Apartment projects, Manukau & Queenstown; Westpac Interior fit-outs nationwide.

Stephanie Gardner

Bringing a slice of France to the practice, Stephanie Gardner Registered Architect, ANZIA, Diploma of Architect, EPFL (Switzerland) has been with HMOA since 2004. Before then, she worked in Switzerland and France on commercial and residential projects, as well as architectural competitions.  Steph is experienced in construction detailing, detailed design production and has been running contract administration/site observation on residential projects for over ten years. She is  skilled in Autodesk REVIT and associated presentation software, and is passionate about Building Information Modelling as part of her role for NZIA BIM Committee.

Steph feels strongly that Wellington is the coolest place in the world. While walking or riding around the waterfront to work or yoga, she still stops and thinks about how she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She has recently completed her yoga teacher training and loves that her HMOA colleagues share her passion for fitness and sport. Read more about Steph on the blog.

Key projects

China Cultural Centre (2015–current)
Sky Stadium Changing Rooms (2023)
Korea House Strengthening, Wellington (2023)
Upper Hutt Townhouses (2023)
National Academy of Screen Arts, Massey University (2022)
University of Canterbury Resource Consent (2022)
Wainuiomata Civic Centre, Lower Hutt (2022)
Moreland Apartments, Tauranga (2022)
Carterton House (2022)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs projects (2016–2021)
Harbour City Centre Annexe, Wellington (2020)
Trade Me Fit-out, Auckland (2016) and Wellington (2018)
Roseneath Townhouses (2017)
HMA Office Fit-out (2016); NZX Fit-out, Wellington (2015)
Ngaio House Extensions, Wellington (2014)
Trade Me Fit-out, Wellington (2012)
Island Bay House, Wellington (2011)
Riversdale House, Wellington (2010)
Ngaio House Landscaping, Wellington (2010)
Les Mills Gym, Christchurch (2010)
Māori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010)
119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008)
Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007)
Vogel Integrated Campus, Wellington (2006)
VUW Theatre and Film (2006)
Mārahau Hotel Development (2005)

 

 

Nicholas Sewell

Nic Sewell, Registered Architect, ANZIA, moved back to his hometown of Christchurch in 2011 after travelling and working in Europe.  Experienced in all facets of the design and construction process, Nic has a strong interest in sustainability and a hands-on approach to construction and building technology.  He worked on experimental building projects in Portugal, Denmark and Belgium and attended short courses on alternative construction and energy systems in Wales and Germany.

Nic is a Registered Assessor for the New Zealand Green Building Council's (NZGBC) Homestar programme.

After graduating from Auckland University, Nic moved to Nelson and worked with a local practice on a range of institutional and residential projects that fostered a practical and direct approach to project development. Nic lives with his wife and two young sons in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon. He loves snowboarding, has spent seasons at resorts in Canada and Austria, and  enjoys exploring the clubbies and backcountry in Canterbury (when the kids allow).

Nic is a keen cyclist who also volunteers with Christchurch’s RAD Bikes, read more on the blog.

Key projects

Redcliffs Apartments (current)
Hokitika Government Buildings
Carriage Quarter Apartments, (2024)
Fendalton Open-Air School Refurbishment (2018)
St Bedes Gymnasium, Christchurch (2018)
UC Master Planning (2015)
UC Kirkwood Student Accommodation (2016)
St Bede's Durham Boarding Fitout (2015)
St Bedes Masterplanning Christchurch (2011 – 2014)
St Bede’s College Brodie Classrooms Refurbishment, Christchurch (2011)
St Bede's College Wearmouth Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2011)

Les Mills Gymnasium, Christchurch (2011 – 2012)
Sala Sala Restaurant, Christchurch (2012)

 

Brent Sykes

With over 20 years’ experience, Brent SykesRegistered Architect, ANZIA, works in the Auckland studio and became an HMOA Associate in 2018. He has a long association with Auckland director Matt Pearson, having worked together on Matt’s own projects, including the Momentum Apartments, before either joined HMOA. Brent has previously worked for other Auckland practices, including Stephenson & Turner and Peddle Thorp.

While living in London (1998–2004), he gained valuable experience in urban regeneration and medium-density residential projects, and an appreciation of the power of architecture to improve daily life. At Pollard Thomas & Edwards, Brent worked on the awarding-winning residential project, Lingham Court in Stockwell, and his work at Broadway Malyan included the Forge apartment development in the Docklands. 

Brent lives in the Auckland suburb of Mangere Bridge, near Ambury Park and Te Pane Mataoho (Mangere Mountain) and enjoys mountain biking.

 

 

Key Projects

Cradle Cove Townhouses (current), Rose Road Apartments (current), Seaview Road House (2016), Delegat Winery (2015 for Peddle Thorp), The Forge Apartments London (2004 for Broadway Malyan).

Tauranga Studio

Jenny Duck

Representing HMOA in the Bay of Plenty, Jenny Duck, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, was part of our Christchurch team for five years before moving north to Tauranga in 2016 and establishing the Tauranga studio in 2018. She works alongside Director John Melhuish as HMOA's contact there.

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jenny began her career as an architectural draughtsperson, crafting her trade in the residential field in Christchurch. She gained a strong grounding in CAD modelling and documentation and enjoyed the challenge of residential new builds and alterations on the Port Hills.

In 2008 Jenny returned home to Wellington to attend Victoria University where she completed her Bachelor of Architecture. Jenny fitted her architectural career in around an equally impressive sporting one, she represented New Zealand in hockey for over ten years. Highlights included competing at a World Cup, being part of the bronze medal-winning New Zealand team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and attending the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games.  In Tauranga, Jenny has the skills and resources of the wider HMOA team to work across both commercial and residential projects, with directors regularly travelling to the Bay.  In particular, she works closely with our Auckland studio, just two and a half hours drive away. Read more about Jenny.

Key Projects

Wilson House (2017); Gloucester Street Apartments (2016); O’Neill House (2016); Thompson House (2015); Johnstone House (2015); Rutherford House (2015); Scott House, Oamaru (2015); Walshe EQ Repairs (2014); St Bedes College Masterplanning (2014); Sala Sala Restaurant (2013); St Bedes Changing Rooms, Christchurch (2013).

The Team

Wellington

Karin Thurston

Originally from Martha’s Vineyard in the US, Karin Thurston, CID (Certified Interior Designer, CCIDC State of California) began her interior design career in her teens, working as a design assistant during summer holidays. She went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Ithaca College before moving to Los Angeles and returning to interior design. In LA she completed the UCLA Extension Interior Architecture programme and over the next decade, Karin worked on commercial office fit-outs before moving to New Zealand with her partner in 2017.

Karin is particularly skilled in space planning, design, material selection, joinery design and construction documentation. She enjoys the collaborative studio atmosphere at HMOA, and has relished finding her place as an interior designer among all our architects.

Karin’s family travelled a lot when she was young, spending three years in Bangkok and many summer breaks in Finland, where her mother was from. After 15 years in LA, Karin enjoys living on the waterfront in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun—returning to the seaside living of her youth. A passionate cook, she strives to reduce her contribution to landfills in all facets of her live and work.

Key Projects

Trade Me Wellington renovations (2017-2018); FNZ fit-out (2018).

At Shlemmer Algaze & Associates, Los Angeles, CA (2013 – 2017): Lewis Brisbois Law Offices, LA; Cedars Sinai Medical Office Towers, LA; MWH Offices – fit-outs; multiple offices throughout USA ; 42 West, Century City, CA. Various Landlords and Management Companies: CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Equity Office, Nearon Enterprises, Charles Dunn, Lincoln Properties, Fairoaks Management, Reit Management.

Rochelle Tse

With over twenty years' experience in the industry, Registered Architect Rochelle Tse returned to HMOA in 2019 after being part of our practice (then known as HMA) from 2002-2007. During that time, she worked on a range of projects including undertaking the Construction Documentation and Administration for Seatoun and Ngaio Houses. On graduating from Victoria University in 1996, Rochelle worked for Melling Morse Architects (1997-2001) on low-cost sustainable homes.

In 2007, Rochelle established Tse Wallace Architects with her business partner Liz Wallace. She has always enjoyed working with the variety of people who make up a project team to create thoughtful, well-detailed designs. 

Rochelle lives in the Wellington seaside suburb of Eastbourne with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters. She enjoys the ‘slow’ crafts of pottery, floristry and handicrafts, which link her back to nature.

Oliver Markham

Oliver Markham, Registered Architect, ANZIA, joined HMOA in 2005. In 2023, he set up his own practice but continues his involvement with HMOA as a consultant.

With HMOA, Olly has developed huge competency in design, construction detailing, detailed design production, and contract administration/site observation. The practice also makes the most of his excellent Autodesk REVIT skills and associated presentation software, seeing him involved with many projects from the conceptual design stage through to the completion of construction.

Olly lives in Lower Hutt with his wife and two daughters. At the weekend, you might spot him fly fishing in the Hutt River.

Key projects

Petone Townhouses (2022)
Whangārei House (2022)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade projects (2019)
ANZAC Shelter, Lower Hutt (2016)
Peka Peka House II, Wellington (2015)
St Winifreds Hospital Earthquake Remedial Work, Christchurch (2015)
Trade Me, Auckland (2015)
Outward Bound Office Fit-out, Wellington (2013)
Westpac Stadium Upgrades, Wellington (2011)
Havelock North House, Hawke’s Bay (2009)
Waikanae House, Kapiti Coast (2009)
Navy Museum Redevelopment, Devonport (2008)
St. Bede’s College Boarding Hall, Christchurch (2007)
Waimarama House, Hawke’s Bay (2004)
Cambourne House, Wellington (2004)
VUW Recreation Centre Redevelopment, Wellington (2004)
Karori House, Wellington (2004)
Rembrandt Suits Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2004).

 

 

Christchurch

Lani van Schreven

Registered Architect Lani van Schreven joined HMOA in 2011 initially working in the Wellington studio. In 2017, Lani and her husband moved to Christchurch, and Lani transferred to our Christchurch studio.

Lani has been involved with a range of projects from pre-design through to contract administration and site observation.

Before joining HMOA, Lani worked for Irving Smith Jack Architects in Nelson.

Lani lives in Rolleston and has young two children, both of whom are also cherished members of the HMOA team.

Key Projects

One Central, Fletcher Living (Current)
Cashmere House I (Current)
Mt Pleasant House (Current)
Fendalton Open Air School Refurbishment (2018)
Skyline Alteration & Kelburn Northland Medical Centre (2017)
Civic & Riddiford Gardens Pavilion Building & Canopy, Lower Hutt (2013-2017)
Harbour City Centre (2017)
National Hockey Stadium Dugouts & Change Rooms (2016)
Peka Peka House I, Kapiti Coast (2016)
Peka Peka House II, Kapiti Coast (2016)
Trafalgar Park Upgrade, Nelson (2010)
Harley Street Medical Centre, Nelson (2009)
NMIT Arts & Media Building, Nelson (2009)

Sally Britten

Originally from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Sally Britten, Architectural Graduate, has been with HMOA since 2013. She studied in Brisbane and Melbourne, before moving across the Tasman to be part of the Christchurch rebuild. While at HMOA, Sally has developed her skills in design, construction detailing, detailed design production and Autodesk REVIT for a range of projects including residential new builds, alterations and multi-residential projects. She enjoys the variety her role provides; working across different scales, from the big picture of the urban environment to the small scale of construction details. 

When she has the opportunity, Sally loves exploring the South Island’s network of backcountry huts – on foot or by bike.

Sally and her partner have recently built their own house and had their first child. 

Key projects

Petone Townhouse Development (Current)
Redcliffs House (Current)
Mt Pleasant House (Current)
One Central, Fletcher Living (Current)
St Bede's College Gym Stage 2, Christchurch (2017)
Fendalton House Restoration, Christchurch (2017)
Sumner House Alterations, Christchurch (2016)
Rutherford House (2015).

Lewis Ellison

Architectural Graduate Lewis Ellison completed his Masters of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington before working for John Mills Architects in Wellington. Originally from Southland, Lewis joined HMOA's Christchurch studio in 2023 – making the move south to be closer to family.  

Lewis is passionate about environmentally sustainable design and endeavours to weave the knowledge he gained from his master's research on regenerative design into every project.

Outside of work Lewis, enjoys honing his ceramic craft and has previously volunteered as a glaze technician for a Wellington pottery studio in Wellington.

 

Auckland

James Lee

Registered Architect James Lee joined HMOA's Auckland studio in 2021, bringing experience in education and commercial projects, and a sound knowledge of architectural software.

James completed his Masters in Architecture at the University of Auckland in 2017, joining ASC Architects where he was involved in the Public Private Partnership (PPP3) School Projects and a major redevelopment of Whangarei Boys’ High School.

James is keen to broaden his knowledge in both construction and design. He's interested in how the architectural design process ultimately influences how people live, from formulating the concept as designers to the way people use these spaces once they are built.

Ana Suznjevic

Architectural Graduate Ana Suznjevic moved back to Auckland at the end of 2019 after spending a few years travelling around Europe, reconnecting with family in Croatia, and working in London.  Ana joined HMOA's Auckland studio in February 2020.

Ana completed her Master of Architecture at Unitec in 2013 and worked for several years at Stephenson & Turner in Auckland where she focused on numerous school projects and the Aotea Centre interior refurbishment.

 

Key Projects

Ngaio Terrace Houses (2021), Buscomb Ave Apartments (2019– ), Rose Road Apartments (2019– ), Aotea Centre Interior Refurbishment (2017), Southern Cross Campus Redevelopment (2015-2017), Ba Hospital Fiji, (2014–2017), Ellerslie School (2016).