PIP CHESHIRE
Director
2013 NZIA Gold Medal

2014-2016 President NZIA

2010-2019 Member Auckland City Urban Design Panel

2003 Distinguished Alumni University of Auckland

2004 Founding Principal, Cheshire Architects Ltd.

2003-2008 Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Auckland

1999-2003 Managing Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

1989-1999 Founding Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland
NAt CHESHIRE
Director
Cheshire engages in a huge breadth of types and scales, operating across fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement. Leading the entire design effort, from development strategy and architecture to branding and product design, Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to riverside cabins to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city. 

Amongst this work, Nat has built much of Britomart – an organic development covering nine inner-city blocks and created and continually evolved the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat’s work has been awarded the 2020 Best Award purple pin as well as ten Best Award gold pins in five years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.
ASCINDA STARK
Principal – Architect

Ascinda has gained more than fifteen years’ experience in the London offices of both local and multinational studios before a return to home soil saw her join the Cheshire studio in 2018. Ascinda has led large teams in the design and realisation of major, beautifully refined projects that work to bolster their local urban fabric, and larger civic scale masterplanning projects which seek to reimagine how areas of a city might be used. At the centre of all her projects resides the highest of expectations for the experience of the people and communities who will use the buildings and spaces around them. Ascinda is a powerful leader within the studio who is as comfortable wielding a pencil across a blank page and she is wrestling with the rigours and complexities of realising a built project.

Project Lead:
Scapegrace Distillery, Ngapipi Boatshed, Private houses, Remuera, Bancorp Britomart offices, Buckland Masonic heritage façade restoration, Floral Court, London (KPF), Lucan Place, London (KPF)

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth Excelsior & Bounce Hotel, Catalina Bay Stage 3, Te Arai Lodge, Earls Court Village Masterplan, London (KPF & Farrells), Bulgari Hotel, London (Squire + Partners & ACPVP), One Tower Bridge, London (Squire + Partners & Conran + Partners) 
DAJIANG (DJ) TAI 
Principal – Architect, Hospitality Director, Project Manager
DJ leads a large team in the studio. He is a critical collaborator in almost every hospitality project it undertakes. DJ shapes everything – from the philosophical ideals and atmospheres underpinning a project, to the realisation of those ideals in nuts, bolts, grease traps and bespoke furniture. He is as capable a project and construction manager as he is a water colourist. DJ is the editor of the Mandarin-language MOAM magazine, and heads the studio’s relationship with its Chinese clients.

Project Lead:
The Hotel Britomart, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart restaurant, 46 Parnell, Apartment for a Writer, Britomart Country Club, Cafe Hanoi, Library House, Milse, MOAM, The Store, Ortolana, XuXu, Ponsonby restaurant

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Mandarin, Mangawhai House, Miss Clawdy 
ELLIE GREEN
Principal – Architect and Large Project Leader
In Ellie’s London work, projects of huge adaptive re-use sit alongside new buildings of large-format commercial nature. In Auckland, Ellie confidently leads the studio’s largest teams in projects of similar scale, pursuing change in the city through sites of mixed, transformative use. Ellie is that rare person in architecture whose design work is insightful and lyrical, and whose project delivery experience and capacity for management are equally solid. Her broad strengths shape and amplify the studio’s design intent throughout architecture’s complex design, documentation and implementation phases.

Project Lead:
SKHY, 18 Sale St, Morningside, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Buckland Masonic
EMILY PRIEST
Principal – Creative Director
Emily refuses to accept disciplinary or typological boundaries within design. She leads a team of designers that push the studio’s work beyond building and into interior, graphic, product, web, furniture, lighting, and textile design. With them, she pursues totally immersive experiences, through a fierce commitment to the bespoke - from master plan to apron button.

Project Lead:
The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Interiors, Northern Club Extension, Ford Loft Two Residence, Northern Club Bistro, Pilkington’s Restaurant and Bar, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, The Esplanade, No.7 Balmac, The Tooth Company, Dry & Tea (Newmarket, City Works Depot, Britomart), City Works Depot, Britomart, Freemans bay and Queenstown Residences, Whites & Co. Britomart, Food Truck Garage

Project Collaborations:
Fielding House Interiors, SKHY Marketing and Interiors, Oaken, Saan, Mandarin, Ortolana, Milse, The Store, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci Melbourne, XuXu

Object:
Fulcrum Table Lamp, Torchon Pendant, Foundry Floor Light, Parison Pendant, Parison Table Light, Northern Club Bistro Pendant
Fraser Horton
Principal – Designer – Architecture

Fraser has run his own very successful practice, producing inventive and beautiful residential and hospitality work under the banner of Fraser Horton Design. He joined the Cheshire studio in support of its ambitions for New Zealand and global architecture. Fraser’s skills are broad reaching; from the holistic leadership of highly detailed buildings, to key management contributions in the studio itself, to the leadership of the studio’s digital modelling, virtual reality, image creation and art direction efforts. Fraser’s appetite is for crafting beautiful architecture that advances and expands our culture. This is evident in everything he does.

Project Lead:
Vermont Street House, Kauaroa Bay Lodge 

Project Collaborations:
Kings - Lunn Ave, Te Arai North Villas & Clubhouse, Auckland Hebrew Congregation
GEORGE GREGORY
Principal – Designer – Architecture
George is obsessed with detail, richness and a concentrated, crisply resolved architecture. He applies those obsessions broadly: from the layered improvisations of restaurants to large-format inner city transformations and intensely considered, bespoke residences. For George, this means fighting just as hard for custom-made door handles as for the efficiencies and potentials of multi-storey planning. George has a lead role in the studio’s work, running several projects at once in support of the continually evolving whole.

Project Lead:
Riddell Road House, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci, Quay Altrans Britomart, Barrington Sofrana Britomart, City Works Depot Spiral Stair, Waiheke House, Ford Lofts, The Northern Club, Dadelszen Parnell, Parnell Loft, Hinemoa Street House.

Project Collaborations:
Ortolana, Milse, The Store
Kieren Wells
Principal – Architect
Kieren draws on broad experience, from master-planning huge projects in China to his more recent London based commercial work and the construction of small rural houses. Kieren brings this experience to bear on architecture in a manner that is as technically intelligent and procedurally robust as it is ideologically committed. He enjoys equally the mud and dust of the construction site and the challenge and politics of design management. He is committed to the pursuit of architectural clarity, cohesion and material honesty, which he believes is attainable irrespective of a project’s constraints. These attributes help Kieren play a key role in leading projects with a global cast of clients and consultants. It also means that Kieren treats documentation as a design project in its own right, driving the studio’s program of continual documentation critique and refinement. Kieren established the studio’s Wellington office.

Project Lead:
Lake Hawea House, Vineyard Villa at The Landing, Clifftop House II, Clifftop Gym

Collaborations:
Tara Iti Clubhouse, Vermont Street House
MARK MORRISON
Principal – Architect
Mark is an architect of fifteen years’ experience in Auckland, London and New York. His prior projects range from highly crafted bespoke homes to new campus developments for the University of Auckland and several British universities. Mark artfully balances strong, clear design ambitions with a calm, focused project management style. He is as a consequence a highly effective leader of large teams and critical projects, forging strong architecture from complex briefs and stakeholder teams.

Project Lead:
Tara Iti enlargements / Te Arai accommodation and enlargements, Kings Plant Barn Mt Wellington 

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Portal, Beazley House, Nolan House


Pam Sando
Principal – Architect
Pam is a supremely calm, confident and focused maker of architecture, designing comprehensive and carefully thought-out projects of integrity and efficiency. She works across a breadth of scales and a depth of project stages and methodologies, pursuing a strong, humane architecture. Pam’s great ability to organise the demands of complex briefs into strong architecture is matched by an outstanding ability to establish and manage the process of tendering and contract administration.

Project Lead:
St Heliers Church, SKHY Apartments Stage 2, Wilson Home Respite & Rehabilitation Centre, Mission Bay housing, Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Springfield Road Residence additions & alterations, Clarke Foundation Library, Tamaki Teacher Housing, Childfund Auckland Office fitout.

Project Collaborations:
Mission Bay masterplan & streetscape, Te Arai private accommodation, Northern Club, Hannam Draper Penthouse, Auckland Islands Research Station, Kauaroa Bay, Redhills Green Masterplanning.

SARAH GILBERTSON
Principal – Designer – Architecture
Sarah has been a key collaborator with Pip and Nat since her arrival in the studio in 2007. Her speed and relentless curiosity empower an incisive approach to design at all scales – from the urban master plan to the occupation of a single room. Sarah’s is a beautiful combination of technical and design intelligence. She seeks the strongest solutions by attacking every problem from simultaneous angles. The result is an engaged, rapid, and responsive process of design, technical inquiry and implementation. The strength of that process enables Sarah to move confidently and effectively between projects of all types, scales and phases, applying the same depth of architectural intelligence to all.

Project Lead:
Redhills masterplan, Raphoe masterplan and development, Yacht Club Apartments Hobsonville, Mission Bay masterplan and commercial re-development, Rhubarb Lane.

Project Collaborations:
Awaawaroa Bay, Catalina Bay Masterplan and streetscape, Freemans Bay residence, Merchant stores, Private houses in Northland and Herne Bay, Mt Albert church, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Church in the West.
SIMON MCLEAN
Principal – Project Leader
Simon undertook several years of design and construction management in London before joining the studio in 2007. In the face of great complexity Simon maintains a continual calm, ensuring robust control of architecture and the processes of its implementation. Simon’s work leading Q Theatre delivered a complex and energetic building from an ambitious and multi-faceted brief, in an astonishingly constrained site. Simon’s experience integrating theatrical, commercial and hospitality imperatives at Q has since supported his work on large mixed-use projects, the nascent Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island and the large-scale Catalina Bay development.

Project Lead:
Catalina Bay, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, Shed 12, Q Theatre, Plaza Apartments, Waterside Apartments, Stanex Britomart

Project Collaborations:
Riddell Road House     



STEPHEN RENDELL
Principal – Senior Architect
Stephen was a founding architect at Cheshire. He has previously always pursued and questioned architecture rigorously, whether running his own award winning practice or tutoring in design at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland. He and Pip have collaborated for almost two decades. Stephen’s extraordinary sensitivity to space, light, material and assembly has, in that time, been brought to bear on a series of the studio’s major works. His ability to trace a finishing detail right through to its root in the first rough slab pour reveals a profound understanding of how great architecture is made. Stephen presently leads the most intensely detailed projects of the studio, roving from heritage loft conversions to private clubhouses set amongst coastal dunes.

Project Lead:
Hilltop House, House at Takapuna, Maritime Building, Mountain Landing Lodge, NSSC, Tara Iti Clubhouse, The Folly, The Landing Winery

Project Collaborations:
Q Theatre, Ford Lofts, Vineyard House, Fielding House, 1885, Café Hanoi, Stanex Britomart
Calum McNaught
Designer – Architecture
Calum brings a resolute working process to bear on architecture. Having worked in media design in London, Calum returned to New Zealand in 2007 to expand his skills within the field of architecture. In that time Calum has worked for Cheshire and run his own architecture practice. He now works exclusively for the Cheshire Studio. Calum specialises in a highly focused architecture leading the complex detailing of several large-scale city developments, and the intricacies of complex geometries such as the asymmetrical ellipse with entasis that defines the tower of the Hilltop House.

Project Lead:
Smith House 

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth & Excelsior, Q Theatre, Gabriel House (ML), Hilltop house & Gymnasium (ML), Hilltop Observatory (ML), SKHY2, Hotel Britomart, Church at Massey


KYRA HODGE
Designer – Architecture
The breadth of Kyra’s experience in practice in London and Berlin reveals her capacity and appetite for architecture in all forms. At one end, Kyra has worked with master makers to painstakingly detail solid-timber casework and thread piped services through the immutable masonry of heritage-listed residences. At the other, she has led the fabrication and deployment of large-format, complex geometries in support of the global work of Berlin artist Katharina Grosse. This collision of contemporary art and traditional craft reveals the breadth of Kyra’s appetite and abilities. She is now bringing that spectrum to bear on the studio’s large format city scale projects.

Project Collaborations:
SKHY, SKHY 2 and SKHY 3 work /live units, Redhills masterplan.
ADRIAN LEAT
Designer
Adrian strives to push the standard of design with a calm and disciplined style. Adrian is experienced in the residential construction market, in both the design & documentation of high-quality homes and leading those projects through construction. Adrian’s focus, leadership and ability to swiftly explore varying designs with the confident use of a pencil leaves him in a commanding position inside and outside of the studio. Adrian forges strong architecture.

Project Collaborations:
Vermont Street House 
ALICIA KNELL
Studio Manager
Alicia leads the studio’s front of house team. Before arriving at Cheshire, Alicia led the planning and execution of large format corporate and construction industry events. It is Alicia’s love for people and the excellence of their collective endeavour that led her to pursue the management of the studio. Alicia balances a warm smile with a fierce desire for organisation.
AIDEN THORNHILL
Graduate of Architecture
Aiden is a graduate architect of discipline, precision and material sensitivity. He has experience in several imminent Auckland studios, anchored by two years of intensive work at the infamous Portuguese studio of Aires Mateus. His work at Aires Mateus spanned from luxury apartment and villa projects to major museums and an installation for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Aiden’s work at Cheshire extends that elegant, minimalist foundation and he plays a key role in many of Cheshire’s most disciplined projects.

Project Collaborations:
The Hotel Britomart, The Brake House Kitchen, The Landing Vineyard Villa Pool, Hinemoa Street House, Titirangi House Alterations, Studio Red Tearoom, Ford Loft Residences, Yacht Club Apartments, Dadelszen
Cameron Spicer
Graduate of Architecture

Cameron is a graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. Cameron is fuelled by the ever-growing potency of the digital in architecture. He traverses a breadth of skills from 3D modelling, parametric design, programming and digital image creation. Cameron worked in the Cheshire studio during his study, leading with Pip an innovative multi-unit residential project with local Iwi. Since joining Cheshire full time in 2019, Cameron has had a key role in the research and masterplanning work of Redhills Green.

Project Collaborations:
Ngati Tamaoho Housing, Tara Iti Clubhouse Extension, AUT Wisdom Lab, Redhills Green
Emily Doll
Architect

Emily’s career began in London where she worked for seven years before moving to New Zealand in 2019. Her London work spanned a variety of complex projects of different scales from residential to mixed use developments. In Auckland, Emily balances a pragmatic approach to design with a focussed consideration for a rich and holistic architecture.

Project Collaborations:
Scapegrace Distillery, Ngapipi Boatshed




JAMES TING
Graduate of Architecture
James balances the technical demands of the studio with his vital role in several hospitality and multi-story projects. James’s focus and energy is unshakable. He has demonstrated outstanding skill in coordinating the complex interaction of services and structure. James is equally versed in the fast paced operational demands and atmospheric nature of hospitality, and is deeply engaged in the culture, craft and detail of coffee. James has recently taken a lead role within the studio’s hospitality projects.

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Cafe Hanoi, The Hotel Britomart, SKHY, Mission Bay Master Planning, The Candy Shop, Ponsonby Fire Station, Te Rauponga Masterplanning, Private House in Northland 
JARED SEYMOUR
Technical and Heritage Support
Jared has spent almost half a decade painstakingly modelling, cataloguing and documenting world-heritage sites in the Antarctic – including the huts that supported the polar expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. He has worked closely with Pip throughout those projects, supporting a global team in the carefully orchestrated and technically inventive stabilisation and preservation of these precious buildings. Jared’s determined documentation plays a critical part in the location and tracking of the many thousands of artefacts that make up the collections within the explorers huts.

Project Collaborations:
The Ross Island Heritage conservation project, Antarctica
KAREN PLOWMAN
Financial Manager
Karen leads the company’s financial management and performance analysis. Having previously owned and run her own business in the construction products industry. Karen is highly experienced and provides commercial and procurement support to projects as well as the practice.
LATOYA BUCKBY
Financial Manager
Latoya has calmly managed the commercial demands of the office since 2011. She has continually shaped and refined Cheshire’s accounting systems in parallel with the studio’s evolving approach to its projects and is responsible for all of its billing, accounts receivable and annual reporting.
LAUREN VAN TIEL
Architect

Lauren is an energetic and focused designer at all scales. She brings a strong emphasis on elegant architectural outcomes to the complexity of large scale project design development. Lauren builds on her experience of high end British housing to foreground the detailed interaction of building elements that create outstanding architecture.

Project Lead:
Matapouri House, SKHY 2

Project Collaborations:
Northern Club, Wintergarden, Buckland Masonic, Vermont Street House, Dune House
Lauren HicklinG
Designer – Interior Architecture
Lauren has five years of industry experience in New Zealand and Canada in both the residential and commercial sectors. A craft for creating environments that are materially rich, layered and totally immersive. Lauren is a spearhead for several of the studio's interior environments at any one time.

Project Lead:
Sarsfield Street House
LUCY HAYES-STEVENSON
Architect and Heritage Specialist
Lucy’s beautiful and materially intelligent architectural graduate work brought her to the studio’s attention. She has exploited that sensitivity to forge a key role in the studio over the last seven years, seeking the seamless integration of architecture and its interior occupation. Lucy’s work covers a broad spectrum, from commercial space planning and heritage based refurbishment to the sourcing of hand-made lamps. Lucy works for Cheshire from Rome, alongside her postgraduate studies in heritage architecture. Lucy is a driving force in the studio’s commitment to extraordinary heritage projects and interventions.

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Mt Wellington, The Hanger, Dry & Tea Britomart, Queenstown and Freemans Bay residences, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, VMob Britomart, Maritime Building extension, HLC office, Catalina Bay, Extensive adaptive reuse of historic naval air force hangers and workshops at Catalina Bay 

MEHUL PATEL
Graduate of Architecture
Mehul is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. He has an aptitude for creating highly refined, atmospheric digital imagery and is already a leading figure within the studio’s image creation division. Although new to the studio, Mehul is actively contributing and assisting in the design, exploration and development of significant urban, industrial and residential projects.

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Hotel Laneway, Scapegrace Distillery, Riddell Road House
Rachael PicoT
Designer

Before returning to Auckland in 2019, Rachael spent five years gaining experience in London and The Netherlands working on a range of residential and multi storey tower developments in Europe & Asia. Rachael has taken a lead role developing and managing BIM and the documentation standards within the studio. Rachael’s curious nature and focused propensity leaves her well equipped to develop the studio’s complex residential projects that are sited across the country.

Project Collaborations:
Hepburn Street House



Surita Manoa
Graduate of Architecture
Surita is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. A Kupe Leadership Scholarship recipient, Surita has a particular interest in the development of modern Pacific architecture. In her short time at the studio, Surita’s innate ability for design exploration and spatial detail contributes to a diverse range of projects, from residential to broad master planning and to our very own studio.
PIP CHESHIRE
Director
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NAt CHESHIRE
Director
Cheshire engages in a huge breadth of types and scales, operating across fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement. Leading the entire design effort, from development strategy and architecture to branding and product design, Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to riverside cabins to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city.

Amongst this work, Nat has built much of Britomart – an organic development covering nine inner-city blocks – and created and continually evolved the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat’s work has been awarded eight Best Award gold pins in four years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.

TEAM
Project Story
PIP CHESHIRE
PIP CHESHIRE
Director

2013 NZIA Gold Medal

2014-2016 President NZIA

2010-2019 Member Auckland City Urban Design Panel

2003 Distinguished Alumni University of Auckland

2004 Founding Principal, Cheshire Architects Ltd.

2003-2008 Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Auckland

1999-2003 Managing Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

1989-1999 Founding Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

Nat Cheshire
Nat Cheshire
Director

Cheshire engages in a huge breadth of types and scales, operating across fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement. Leading a holistic design process that coheres all disciplines, from development strategy and architecture to furniture and product design, Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to riverside cabins to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city.

Amongst this work, Nat has built much of Britomart – an organic development covering nine inner-city blocks surrounding The Hotel Britomart, and created and continually evolved the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat’s work has been awarded the NZIA Sir Miles Warren Commercial Architecture award, 2020 Best Award purple pin as well as twenty-four Best Award gold pins in nine years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen, Resident and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.

Dajiang (DJ) Tai
Dajiang (DJ) Tai
Director

DJ leads a large team in the studio. He is a critical collaborator in almost every hospitality project it undertakes. DJ shapes everything – from the philosophical ideals and atmospheres underpinning a project, to the realisation of those ideals in nuts, bolts, grease traps and bespoke furniture. He is as capable a project and construction manager as he is a water colourist. DJ heads the studio’s relationship with its Chinese clients.

Project Lead:
The Hotel Britomart, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Restaurant, Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Heritage Offices Britomart, 46 Parnell, Apartment for a Writer, Britomart Country Club, Cafe Hanoi, Library House, Milse, MOAM, The Store, Ortolana, XuXu, Ponsonby restaurant

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Mandarin, Mangawhai House, Miss Clawdy

Ascinda Stark
Ascinda Stark
Principal – Architect

Ascinda has gained more than fifteen years’ experience in the London offices of both local and multinational studios before a return to home soil saw her join the Cheshire studio in 2018. Ascinda has led large teams in the design and realisation of major, beautifully refined projects that work to bolster their local urban fabric, and larger civic scale masterplanning projects which seek to reimagine how areas of a city might be used. At the centre of all her projects resides the highest of expectations for the experience of the people and communities who will use the buildings and spaces around them. Ascinda is a powerful leader within the studio who is as comfortable wielding a pencil across a blank page and she is wrestling with the rigours and complexities of realising a built project.

Project Lead:
Scapegrace Distillery, Kauri Cliffs Beach Pavilion, Kauri Cliffs Lodge Bar, Luxury Boatshed, Private houses, Bancorp Britomart offices, Buckland Masonic heritage façade restoration, Floral Court, London (KPF), Lucan Place, London (KPF)

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Catalina Bay Stage 3, Te Arai Lodge, Earls Court Village Masterplan, London (KPF & Farrells), Bulgari Hotel, London (Squire + Partners & ACPVP), One Tower Bridge, London (Squire + Partners & Conran + Partners)

Ellie Green
Ellie Green
Principal – Architect and Large Project Leader

In Ellie’s London work, projects of huge adaptive re-use sit alongside new buildings of large-format commercial nature. In Auckland, Ellie confidently leads the studio’s largest teams in projects of similar scale, pursuing change in the city through sites of mixed, transformative use. Ellie is that rare person in architecture whose design work is insightful and lyrical, and whose project delivery experience and capacity for management are equally solid. Her broad strengths shape and amplify the studio’s design intent throughout architecture’s complex design, documentation and implementation phases.

Project Lead:
Private residence in Ōtepoti, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, SKHY, 18 Sale St, Morningside, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Buckland Masonic

Emily Priest
Emily Priest
Principal – Creative Director

Emily refuses to accept disciplinary or typological boundaries within design. She leads a team of designers that push the studio’s work beyond building and into interior, graphic, product, web, furniture, lighting, and textile design. With them, she pursues totally immersive experiences, through a fierce commitment to the bespoke - from master plan to apron button.

Project Lead:
Arrowtown Houses, Hotel Britomart Restaurant Private Dining, Faradays, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Interiors, Northern Club Extension, Ford Loft Two Residence, Northern Club Bistro, Pilkington’s Restaurant and Bar, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, The Esplanade, No.7 Balmac, The Tooth Company, Dry & Tea (Newmarket, City Works Depot, Britomart), City Works Depot, Britomart, Freemans bay and Queenstown Residences, Whites & Co. Britomart, Food Truck Garage

Project Collaborations:
Upper Tukurua House, Private Residence in Herne Bay, Riddell Road House, Kings Plant Barn Concept Store, Mr Morris, Fielding House Interiors, SKHY Marketing and Interiors, Oaken, Saan, Mandarin, Ortolana, Milse, The Store, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci Melbourne, XuXu

Object:
The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining Chandelier, The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining Pendant, Fulcrum Table Lamp, Torchon Pendant, Foundry Floor Light, Parison Pendant, Parison Table Light, Northern Club Bistro Pendant

Fraser Horton
Fraser Horton
Principal – Designer – Architecture

Fraser has run his own very successful practice, producing inventive and beautiful residential and hospitality work under the banner of Fraser Horton Design. He joined the Cheshire studio in support of its ambitions for New Zealand and global architecture. Fraser’s skills are broad reaching; from the holistic leadership of highly detailed buildings, to key management contributions in the studio itself, to the leadership of the studio’s digital modelling, virtual reality, image creation and art direction efforts. Fraser’s appetite is for crafting beautiful architecture that advances and expands our culture. This is evident in everything he does.

Project Lead:
Tarawera House, Dalefield House, Vermont Street House, Kauaroa Bay Lodge

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, Te Arai North Villas & Clubhouse, Auckland Hebrew Congregation

George Gregory
George Gregory
Principal – Designer – Architecture

George is obsessed with detail, richness and a concentrated, crisply resolved architecture. He applies those obsessions broadly: from the layered improvisations of restaurants to large-format inner city transformations and intensely considered, bespoke residences. For George, this means fighting just as hard for custom-made door handles as for the efficiencies and potentials of multi-storey planning. George has a lead role in the studio’s work, running several projects at once in support of the continually evolving whole.

Project Lead:
Waiheke House, Faradays, Riddell Road House, Ponsonby Villa, Riddell Road House, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci, Quay Altrans Britomart, Barrington Sofrana Britomart, City Works Depot Spiral Stair, Waiheke House, Ford Lofts, The Northern Club, Dadelszen Parnell, Parnell Loft, Hinemoa Street House.

Project Collaborations:
Ortolana, Milse, The Store

Kieren Wells
Kieren Wells
Principal – Architect

Kieren draws on broad experience, from master-planning huge projects in China to his more recent London based commercial work and the construction of small rural houses. Kieren brings this experience to bear on architecture in a manner that is as technically intelligent and procedurally robust as it is ideologically committed. He enjoys equally the mud and dust of the construction site and the challenge and politics of design management. He is committed to the pursuit of architectural clarity, cohesion and material honesty, which he believes is attainable irrespective of a project’s constraints. These attributes help Kieren play a key role in leading projects with a global cast of clients and consultants. It also means that Kieren treats documentation as a design project in its own right, driving the studio’s program of continual documentation critique and refinement. Kieren established the studio’s Wellington office.

Project Lead:
Upper Tukurua House, Arrowtown Houses, The Tarn, Lake Hawea House, Vineyard Villa at The Landing, Clifftop House II, Clifftop Gym

Project Collaborations:
Tara Iti Clubhouse, Vermont Street House

Mark Morrison
Mark Morrison
Principal – Architect

Mark is an architect of fifteen years’ experience in Auckland, London and New York. His prior projects range from highly crafted bespoke homes to new campus developments for the University of Auckland and several British universities. Mark artfully balances strong, clear design ambitions with a calm, focused project management style. He is as a consequence a highly effective leader of large teams and critical projects, forging strong architecture from complex briefs and stakeholder teams.

Project Lead:
Private residence in Herne Bay, Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, Tara Iti enlargements / Te Arai accommodation and enlargements

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Portal, Beazley House, Nolan House

Pam Sando
Pam Sando
Principal – Architect

Pam is a supremely calm, confident and focused maker of architecture, designing comprehensive and carefully thought-out projects of integrity and efficiency. She works across a breadth of scales and a depth of project stages and methodologies, pursuing a strong, humane architecture. Pam’s great ability to organise the demands of complex briefs into strong architecture is matched by an outstanding ability to establish and manage the process of tendering and contract administration.

Project Lead:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, St Heliers Church, SKHY Apartments Stage 2, Wilson Home Respite & Rehabilitation Centre, Mission Bay housing, Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Springfield Road Residence additions & alterations, Clarke Foundation Library, Tamaki Teacher Housing, Childfund Auckland Office fitout.

Project Collaborations:
Mission Bay masterplan & streetscape, Te Arai private accommodation, Northern Club, Hannam Draper Penthouse, Auckland Islands Research Station, Kauaroa Bay, Redhills Green Masterplanning.

Sarah Gilbertson
Sarah Gilbertson
Principal – Designer – Architecture

Sarah has been a key collaborator with Pip and Nat since her arrival in the studio in 2007. Her speed and relentless curiosity empower an incisive approach to design at all scales – from the urban master plan to the occupation of a single room. Sarah’s is a beautiful combination of technical and design intelligence. She seeks the strongest solutions by attacking every problem from simultaneous angles. The result is an engaged, rapid, and responsive process of design, technical inquiry and implementation. The strength of that process enables Sarah to move confidently and effectively between projects of all types, scales and phases, applying the same depth of architectural intelligence to all.

Project Lead:
Redhills masterplan, Raphoe masterplan and development, Yacht Club Apartments Hobsonville, Mission Bay masterplan and commercial re-development, Rhubarb Lane.

Project Collaborations:
Awaawaroa Bay, Catalina Bay Masterplan and streetscape, Freemans Bay residence, Merchant stores, Private houses in Northland and Herne Bay, Mt Albert church, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Church in the West.

Simon Mclean
Simon Mclean
Principal – Project Leader

Simon undertook several years of design and construction management in London before joining the studio in 2007. In the face of great complexity Simon maintains a continual calm, ensuring robust control of architecture and the processes of its implementation. Simon’s work leading Q Theatre delivered a complex and energetic building from an ambitious and multi-faceted brief, in an astonishingly constrained site. Simon’s experience integrating theatrical, commercial and hospitality imperatives at Q has since supported his work on large mixed-use projects, the nascent Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island and the large-scale Catalina Bay development. Recently his work has extended to the residential sector where he has fostered the personal client relationships necessary to creating great architecture in this space.

Project Lead:
Heritage Offices Britomart, Catalina Bay, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, Shed 12, Q Theatre, Plaza Apartments, Waterside Apartments, Stanex Britomart

Project Collaborations:
The Hotel Britomart, Riddell Road House

Stephen Rendell
Stephen Rendell
Principal – Senior Architect

Stephen was a founding architect at Cheshire. He has previously always pursued and questioned architecture rigorously, whether running his own award winning practice or tutoring in design at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland. He and Pip have collaborated for almost two decades. Stephen’s extraordinary sensitivity to space, light, material and assembly has, in that time, been brought to bear on a series of the studio’s major works. His ability to trace a finishing detail right through to its root in the first rough slab pour reveals a profound understanding of how great architecture is made. Stephen presently leads the most intensely detailed projects of the studio, roving from heritage loft conversions to private clubhouses set amongst coastal dunes.

Project Lead:
Hilltop House, House at Takapuna, Maritime Building, Mountain Landing Lodge, NSSC, Tara Iti Clubhouse, The Folly, The Landing Winery

Project Collaborations:
Q Theatre, Ford Lofts, Vineyard House, Fielding House, 1885, Café Hanoi, Stanex Britomart

Calum McNaught
Calum McNaught
Associate Principal, Designer-Architecture

Calum brings a resolute working process to bear on architecture. Having worked in media design in London, Calum returned to New Zealand in 2007 to expand his skills within the field of architecture. In that time Calum has worked for Cheshire and run his own architecture practice. He now works exclusively for the Cheshire Studio. Calum specialises in a highly focused architecture leading the complex detailing of several large-scale city developments, and the intricacies of complex geometries such as the asymmetrical ellipse with entasis that defines the tower of the Hilltop House.

Project Lead:
Smith House

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth & Excelsior, Q Theatre, Gabriel House (ML), Hilltop house & Gymnasium (ML), Hilltop Observatory (ML), SKHY2, Hotel Britomart, Church at Massey

Lucy Hayes-Stevenson
Lucy Hayes-Stevenson
Associate Principal, Architect-Heritage Specialist

Lucy’s beautiful and materially intelligent architectural graduate work brought her to the studio’s attention seven years ago. Having returned from her four year post-graduate heritage studies in Rome, Lucy has forged a key role in the studio. She exploits a sensitivity of heritage conservation, seeking the seamless integration of architecture and its interior occupation. Lucy’s work covers a broad spectrum, from commercial space planning and heritage based refurbishment to the sourcing of hand-made lamps. Lucy is a driving force in the studio’s commitment to extraordinary heritage projects and interventions.

Project Lead:
Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Maritime Refurbishment

Project Collaborations:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, Antarctica - Ross Sea Heritage Restoration, The Hanger, Dry & Tea Britomart, Queenstown and Freemans Bay residences, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, VMob Britomart, Maritime Building extension, HLC office, Catalina Bay, Extensive adaptive reuse of historic naval air force hangers and workshops at Catalina Bay

Adrian Leat
Adrian Leat
Designer

Adrian strives to push the standard of design with a calm and disciplined style. Adrian is experienced in the residential construction market, in both the design & documentation of high-quality homes and leading those projects through construction. Adrian’s focus, leadership and ability to swiftly explore varying designs with the confident use of a pencil leaves him in a commanding position inside and outside of the studio. Adrian forges strong architecture.

Project Collaborations:
Katipo Drive House (Tara Iti), Vermont Street House

Aiden Thornhill
Aiden Thornhill
Graduate of Architecture

Aiden is an architectural designer of discipline, precision and material sensitivity. He has experience in several imminent Auckland studios, anchored by two years of intensive work at the infamous Portuguese studio of Aires Mateus. His work at Aires Mateus spanned from luxury apartment and villa projects to major museums and an installation for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Aiden’s work at Cheshire extends that elegant, minimalist foundation and he plays a key role in many of Cheshire’s most disciplined projects.

Project Lead:
Titirangi House Alterations, The Brake House

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, The Hotel Britomart, The Landing Vineyard Villa Pool, Hinemoa Street House, Ford Loft Residences, Yacht Club Apartments, Dadelszen

Cameron Spicer
Cameron Spicer
Graduate of Architecture

Cameron is fuelled by the ever-growing potency of the digital in architecture. In addition to strong architectural and CAD abilities he has a range of skills from 3D modelling, parametric design, programming and digital image creation. Cameron worked in the Cheshire studio during his study, working with Pip on an innovative multi-unit residential project with local Iwi. Since joining Cheshire full time in 2019, Cameron has had a key role in the research and master planning work of Redhills. When he is not furiously computing, you will find Cameron co-leading the Auckland Architecture Association (AAA).

Project Collaborations:
Ngati Tamaoho Housing, Tara Iti Clubhouse Extension, AUT Wisdom Lab, Redhills

David Stubbs
David Stubbs
Designer

David Stubbs has joined the studio having worked for over a decade in the Marlborough region. David has an obsession for highly crafted environments that respond positively to their environments. He has a wealth of experience in the documentation and construction of private residences coupled with a calm focused demeanour. David is a driving force within the studio’s projects.

Emily Doll
Emily Doll
Architect (UK)

Emily’s career began in London where she worked and studied for eleven years before relocating to New Zealand in 2019. Her London work spanned a variety of complex projects at different scales from bespoke residential to large mixed-use developments in challenging and sensitive locations. She also worked on an exhibition at the Venice Biennale and has co-edited / produced several architectural publications.

In Auckland, Emily continues to tackle multifaceted and demanding projects with pragmatism and determination. She strives to create elegant and carefully crafted architecture, with an emphasis on a building’s relationship to its surroundings and the thoughtful use of materials.

Project Collaborations:
Scapegrace Distillery, Luxury Boatshed, 152 Quay Street, Nohanga

Isabella Muirhead
Isabella Muirhead
Intern

Isabella is a fourth-year student at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture, and she kindly shares her time with us in between her semester projects. Isabella has already received accolades from the University of Auckland, Designers Institute Best Awards and NZIA. Isabella lends us her ‘outside the square’ thinking and has quickly become our most valuable assistant.

Jared Seymour
Jared Seymour
Technical and Heritage Support

Jared has spent almost half a decade painstakingly modelling, cataloguing and documenting world-heritage sites in the Antarctic – including the huts that supported the polar expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. He has worked closely with Pip throughout those projects, supporting a global team in the carefully orchestrated and technically inventive stabilisation and preservation of these precious buildings. Jared’s determined documentation plays a critical part in the location and tracking of the many thousands of artefacts that make up the collections within the explorers huts.

Project Collaborations:
The Ross Island Heritage conservation project, Antarctica

Jonah Kim
Jonah Kim
Graduate of Architecture

Jonah takes a holistic and thoughtful approach to design. Prior to his arrival at Cheshire, Jonah had the unique experience of working on the redevelopment of Louis Kahn’s IIM campus in Ahmedabad, India. Jonah has a keen eye for detail and is experienced in the curation of highly complex spaces.

Project Collaborations:
Riddell Road House, Basement Day Spa, Ponsonby Extension, O'Neill street Pavilion

Jono Coates
Jono Coates
Senior Architectural Designer

Jono began his creative career studying industrial design, but his work now straddles many design disciplines, covering architecture, interiors, industrial and product design. Jono worked in Berlin before settling in Wellington and joining the southern studio. With an ever curious and experimental spirit, Jono’s ingenuity and thoughtful attitude are hallmarks of all his projects.

Project Collaborations:
Upper Tukurua House, Organic cabins, The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining, Heritage Offices Britomart, Bus Shelter Prototype – Nationwide, Lake Hawea House, House at Lake Hayes, Private Residence in Wellington, Furniture design

Karen Plowman
Karen Plowman
Financial Manager

Karen leads the company’s financial management and performance analysis. Having previously owned and run her own business in the construction products industry. Karen is highly experienced and provides commercial and procurement support to projects as well as the practice.

Kate Glasson
Kate Glasson
Graduate of Architecture

Kate, a recent architectural graduate, holds a profound fusion of architectural prowess and an artistic sensibility deeply rooted in Kiwi culture. Her creative ethos is a blend of philosophy, poetry, and spatial mastery. She weaves these elements harmoniously into her projects, breathing life into spaces that transcend the ordinary and emerge as exquisite works of art, regardless of their scale.

Latoya Buckby
Latoya Buckby
Financial Manager

Latoya has calmly managed the commercial demands of the office since 2011. She has continually shaped and refined Cheshire’s accounting systems in parallel with the studio’s evolving approach to its projects and is responsible for all of its billing, accounts receivable and annual reporting.

Lauren Ashley
Lauren Ashley
Designer

Lauren Ashley has a background in bespoke furniture production and merchandising, and has most recently expanded this field to include product development for commercial and residential spaces. Lauren has an extensive knowledge of materials and their specification; making her an integral part of our interior project delivery and installation team.

Lauren van Tiel
Lauren van Tiel
Architect

Lauren is an energetic and focused designer at all scales. She brings a strong emphasis on elegant architectural outcomes to the complexity of large scale project design development. Lauren builds on her experience of high end British housing to foreground the detailed interaction of building elements that create outstanding architecture.

Project Lead:
Mission Bay Masterplan, Matapouri House, SKHY 2

Project Collaborations:
Northern Club, Wintergarden, Buckland Masonic, Vermont Street House, Dune House

Lise Jansen-Luke
Lise Jansen-Luke
Graduate of Architecture

Lise is our most recent recruit having come to our attention following her achieving the ‘Peripheral’ category and Best Student at the 2023 AAA awards. Lise has a profound love for design and creation. Her work reflects her thoughtful approach and tireless dedication to all that she sets her sights upon. Lise is already contributing greatly to several of the studio's key projects. 

Mehul Patel
Mehul Patel
Graduate of Architecture

Mehul joined us as a graduate and has actively contributed and assisted in the design, exploration and development of significant urban, industrial and residential projects in the studio. He has an aptitude for creating highly refined, atmospheric digital imagery and is already a leading figure within the studio’s image creation division. 

Project Collaborations:
Katipo Drive House (Tara Iti), Britomart Hotel Laneway, Scapegrace Distillery, Riddell Road House

Nicholas Rean
Nicholas Rean
Graduate of Architecture

Since Nicholas graduated, he has been involved in a range of complex projects across downtown Auckland, including the refurbishment and restoration of several heritage buildings. With a photographer’s eye for detail, Nicholas is a master in image creation and uses his calm and assertive nature to all projects he turns his attention to.

Project Collaborations:
Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Private Residence in Ōtepoti, Heritage Offices Britomart, Queenstown residence, Wellington residence, Auckland Hebrew Congregation

Nicola Bainbridge
Nicola Bainbridge
Studio Manager

Nicola leads the studio’s front of house team. It is Nicolas’s enthusiasm for looking after the studio and its people that has kept our studio running at full pace. Nicola thrives on a challenge. She organises our studio, its people and visitors with warmth, calmness and clarity. Nicola will always greet you with a warm and welcoming smile.

Paul Davidson
Paul Davidson
Designer

Paul is an architectural designer with a wealth of knowledge in the design, documentation and construction of complex private residences. He has experience in several prominent Auckland studios. Paul is equal parts curious as he is optimistic in his pursuit of highly resolved architectural outcomes and plays a key role in the leadership of some of the studios most complex projects.

Ruby Somerville
Ruby Somerville
Architect

Ruby is an integral member of the Wellington studio, bringing infectious energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of her projects. She brings expertise in renovation works and documentation to Cheshire and has her hand in several projects across the North and South Islands.

Project Collaborations:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Tarawera House, Private Residence in Wellington

Surita Manoa
Surita Manoa
Graduate of Architecture

Surita is a graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. A Kupe Leadership Scholarship recipient, Surita has a particular interest in the development of modern Pacific architecture. Surita’s innate ability for design exploration and spatial detail contributes to a diverse range of projects, from residential to broad master planning and to our very own studio.

Project Collaborations:
Private Residence in Herne Bay, Luxury Boatshed, Faradays, Hotel near Queenstown

Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan
Designer

Tom has worked and studied with prominent architects in Europe and Aotearoa. His work is focused on the beautiful relationship between construction, space and meaningful material expression. His arts education has given him a wide skillset. This has led to exciting projects, such as participating in prestigious architecture biennales, galleries, and major competitions. He is also working on a monograph about Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sverre Fehn. Tom is detail-focused and naturally driven. He pursues high standards in all acts of architecture.


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PIP CHESHIRE
Director
2013 NZIA Gold Medal

2014-2016 President NZIA

2010-2019 Member Auckland City Urban Design Panel

2003 Distinguished Alumni University of Auckland

2004 Founding Principal, Cheshire Architects Ltd.

2003-2008 Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Auckland

1999-2003 Managing Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

1989-1999 Founding Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland








NAT CHESHIRE
Director
Cheshire engages in a huge breadth of types and scales, operating across fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement. Leading the entire design effort, from development strategy and architecture to branding and product design, Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to riverside cabins to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city. 

Amongst this work, Nat has built much of Britomart – an organic development covering nine inner-city blocks and created and continually evolved the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat’s work has been awarded the 2020 Best Award purple pin as well as ten Best Award gold pins in five years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.








ASCINDA STARK
Principal – Architect
Ascinda has gained more than fifteen years’ experience in the London offices of both local and multinational studios before a return to home soil saw her join the Cheshire studio in 2018. Ascinda has led large teams in the design and realisation of major, beautifully refined projects that work to bolster their local urban fabric, and larger civic scale masterplanning projects which seek to reimagine how areas of a city might be used. At the centre of all her projects resides the highest of expectations for the experience of the people and communities who will use the buildings and spaces around them.  Ascinda is a powerful leader within the studio who is as comfortable wielding a pencil across a blank page and she is wrestling with the rigours and complexities of realising a built project.

Project Lead:
Scapegrace Distillery, Ngapipi Boatshed, Private houses, Remuera, Bancorp Britomart offices, Buckland Masonic heritage façade restoration, Floral Court, London (KPF), Lucan Place, London (KPF)

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth Excelsior & Bounce Hotel, Catalina Bay Stage 3, Te Arai Lodge, Earls Court Village Masterplan, London (KPF & Farrells), Bulgari Hotel, London (Squire + Partners & ACPVP), One Tower Bridge, London (Squire + Partners & Conran + Partners) 







DAJIANG (DJ) TAI
Principal – Architect, Hospitality Director, Project Manager

DJ leads a large team in the studio. He is a critical collaborator in almost every hospitality project it undertakes. DJ shapes everything – from the philosophical ideals and atmospheres underpinning a project, to the realisation of those ideals in nuts, bolts, grease traps and bespoke furniture. He is as capable a project and construction manager as he is a water colourist. DJ is the editor of the Mandarin-language MOAM magazine, and heads the studio’s relationship with its Chinese clients.

Project Lead:
The Hotel Britomart, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart restaurant, 46 Parnell, Apartment for a Writer, Britomart Country Club, Cafe Hanoi, Library House, Milse, MOAM, The Store, Ortolana, XuXu, Ponsonby restaurant

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Mandarin, Mangawhai House, Miss Clawdy 







ELLIE GREEN
Principal – Architect and Large Project Leader

In Ellie’s London work, projects of huge adaptive re-use sit alongside new buildings of large-format commercial nature. In Auckland, Ellie confidently leads the studio’s largest teams in projects of similar scale, pursuing change in the city through sites of mixed, transformative use. Ellie is that rare person in architecture whose design work is insightful and lyrical, and whose project delivery experience and capacity for management are equally solid. Her broad strengths shape and amplify the studio’s design intent throughout architecture’s complex design, documentation and implementation phases.

Project Lead:
SKHY, 18 Sale St, Morningside, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Buckland Masonic







Emily PRIEST
Principal – Creative Director
Emily refuses to accept disciplinary or typological boundaries within design. She leads a team of designers that push the studio’s work beyond building and into interior, graphic, product, web, furniture, lighting, and textile design. With them, she pursues totally immersive experiences, through a fierce commitment to the bespoke - from master plan to apron button.

Project Lead:
The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Interiors, Northern Club Extension, Ford Loft Two Residence, Northern Club Bistro, Pilkington’s Restaurant and Bar, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, The Esplanade, No.7 Balmac, The Tooth Company, Dry & Tea (Newmarket, City Works Depot, Britomart), City Works Depot, Britomart, Freemans bay and Queenstown Residences, Whites & Co. Britomart, Food Truck Garage

Project Collaborations:
Fielding House Interiors, SKHY Marketing and Interiors, Oaken, Saan, Mandarin, Ortolana, Milse, The Store, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci Melbourne, XuXu

Object:
Fulcrum Table Lamp, Torchon Pendant, Foundry Floor Light, Parison Pendant, Parison Table Light, Northern Club Bistro Pendant







FRASER HORTON
Principal – Designer – Architecture
Fraser has run his own very successful practice, producing inventive and beautiful residential and hospitality work under the banner of Fraser Horton Design. He joined the Cheshire studio in support of its ambitions for New Zealand and global architecture. Fraser’s skills are broad reaching; from the holistic leadership of highly detailed buildings, to key management contributions in the studio itself, to the leadership of the studio’s digital modelling, virtual reality, image creation and art direction efforts. Fraser’s appetite is for crafting beautiful architecture that advances and expands our culture. This is evident in everything he does.

Project Lead:
Vermont Street House, Kauaroa Bay Lodge

Project Collaborations:
Kings - Lunn Ave, Te Arai North Villas & Clubhouse, Auckland Hebrew Congregation







GEORGE GREGORY
Principal – Designer – Architecture
George is obsessed with detail, richness and a concentrated, crisply resolved architecture. He applies those obsessions broadly: from the layered improvisations of restaurants to large-format inner city transformations and intensely considered, bespoke residences. For George, this means fighting just as hard for custom-made door handles as for the efficiencies and potentials of multi-storey planning. George has a lead role in the studio’s work, running several projects at once in support of the continually evolving whole.

Project Lead:
Riddell Road House, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci, Quay Altrans Britomart, Barrington Sofrana Britomart, City Works Depot Spiral Stair, Waiheke House, Ford Lofts, The Northern Club, Dadelszen Parnell, Parnell Loft, Hinemoa Street House.

Project Collaborations:
Ortolana, Milse, The Store








KIEREN WELLS
Principal – Architect
Kieren draws on broad experience, from master-planning huge projects in China to his more recent London based commercial work and the construction of small rural houses. Kieren brings this experience to bear on architecture in a manner that is as technically intelligent and procedurally robust as it is ideologically committed. He enjoys equally the mud and dust of the construction site and the challenge and politics of design management. He is committed to the pursuit of architectural clarity, cohesion and material honesty, which he believes is attainable irrespective of a project’s constraints. These attributes help Kieren play a key role in leading projects with a global cast of clients and consultants. It also means that Kieren treats documentation as a design project in its own right, driving the studio’s program of continual documentation critique and refinement. Kieren established the studio’s Wellington office.

Project Lead:
Lake Hawea House, Vineyard Villa at The Landing, Clifftop House II, Clifftop Gym

Project Collaborations:
Tara Iti Clubhouse, Vermont Street House 







MARK MORRISON
Principal – Architect
Mark is an architect of fifteen years’ experience in Auckland, London and New York. His prior projects range from highly crafted bespoke homes to new campus developments for the University of Auckland and several British universities. Mark artfully balances strong, clear design ambitions with a calm, focused project management style. He is as a consequence a highly effective leader of large teams and critical projects, forging strong architecture from complex briefs and stakeholder teams.

Project Lead:
Tara Iti enlargements / Te Arai accommodation and enlargements, Kings Plant Barn Mt Wellington 

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Portal, Beazley House, Nolan House 









PAM SANDO
Principal – Architect
Pam is a supremely calm, confident and focused maker of architecture, designing comprehensive and carefully thought-out projects of integrity and efficiency. She works across a breadth of scales and a depth of project stages and methodologies, pursuing a strong, humane architecture. Pam’s great ability to organise the demands of complex briefs into strong architecture is matched by an outstanding ability to establish and manage the process of tendering and contract administration.

Project Lead:
St Heliers Church, SKHY Apartments Stage 2, Wilson Home Respite & Rehabilitation Centre, Mission Bay housing, Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Springfield Road Residence additions & alterations, Clarke Foundation Library, Tamaki Teacher Housing, Childfund Auckland Office fitout.

Project Collaborations:
Mission Bay masterplan & streetscape, Te Arai private accommodation, Northern Club, Hannam Draper Penthouse, Auckland Islands Research Station, Kauaroa Bay, Redhills Green Masterplanning.






SARAH GILBERTSON
Principal – Designer – Architecture
Sarah has been a key collaborator with Pip and Nat since her arrival in the studio in 2007. Her speed and relentless curiosity empower an incisive approach to design at all scales – from the urban master plan to the occupation of a single room. Sarah’s is a beautiful combination of technical and design intelligence. She seeks the strongest solutions by attacking every problem from simultaneous angles. The result is an engaged, rapid, and responsive process of design, technical inquiry and implementation. The strength of that process enables Sarah to move confidently and effectively between projects of all types, scales and phases, applying the same depth of architectural intelligence to all.

Project Lead:
Redhills masterplan, Raphoe masterplan and development, Yacht Club Apartments Hobsonville, Mission Bay masterplan and commercial re-development, Rhubarb Lane.

Project Collaborations:
Awaawaroa Bay, Catalina Bay Masterplan and streetscape, Freemans Bay residence, Merchant stores, Private houses in Northland and Herne Bay, Mt Albert church, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Church in the West.







SIMON MCLEAN
Principal – Project Leader
Simon undertook several years of design and construction management in London before joining the studio in 2007. In the face of great complexity Simon maintains a continual calm, ensuring robust control of architecture and the processes of its implementation. Simon’s work leading Q Theatre delivered a complex and energetic building from an ambitious and multi-faceted brief, in an astonishingly constrained site. Simon’s experience integrating theatrical, commercial and hospitality imperatives at Q has since supported his work on large mixed-use projects, the nascent Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island and the large-scale Catalina Bay development.

Project Lead:
Catalina Bay, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, Shed 12, Q Theatre, Plaza Apartments, Waterside Apartments, Stanex Britomart

Project Collaborations:
Riddell Road House     







STEPHEN RENDELL
Principal – Senior Architect
Stephen was a founding architect at Cheshire. He has previously always pursued and questioned architecture rigorously, whether running his own award winning practice or tutoring in design at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland. He and Pip have collaborated for almost two decades. Stephen’s extraordinary sensitivity to space, light, material and assembly has, in that time, been brought to bear on a series of the studio’s major works. His ability to trace a finishing detail right through to its root in the first rough slab pour reveals a profound understanding of how great architecture is made. Stephen presently leads the most intensely detailed projects of the studio, roving from heritage loft conversions to private clubhouses set amongst coastal dunes.

Project Lead:
Hilltop House, House at Takapuna, Maritime Building, Mountain Landing Lodge, NSSC, Tara Iti Clubhouse, The Folly, The Landing Winery

Project Collaborations:
Q Theatre, Ford Lofts, Vineyard House, Fielding House, 1885, Café Hanoi, Stanex Britomart







CALUM McNAUGHT
Designer Architecture
Calum brings a resolute working process to bear on architecture. Having worked in media design in London, Calum returned to New Zealand in 2007 to expand his skills within the field of architecture. In that time Calum has worked for Cheshire and run his own architecture practice. He now works exclusively for the Cheshire Studio. Calum specialises in a highly focused architecture leading the complex detailing of several large-scale city developments, and the intricacies of complex geometries such as the asymmetrical ellipse with entasis that defines the tower of the Hilltop House.

Project Lead:
Smith House 

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Q Theatre, Gabriel House (ML), Hilltop house & Gymnasium (ML), Hilltop Observatory (ML), SKHY2, The Hotel Britomart, Church at Massey







KYRA HODGE
Designer – Architecture
The breadth of Kyra’s experience in practice in London and Berlin reveals her capacity and appetite for architecture in all forms. At one end, Kyra has worked with master makers to painstakingly detail solid-timber casework and thread piped services through the immutable masonry of heritage-listed residences. At the other, she has led the fabrication and deployment of large-format, complex geometries in support of the global work of Berlin artist Katharina Grosse. This collision of contemporary art and traditional craft reveals the breadth of Kyra’s appetite and abilities. She is now bringing that spectrum to bear on the studio’s large format city scale projects. 

Project Collaborations:
SKHY, SKHY 2 and SKHY 3 work /live units, Redhills masterplan.  








AIDEN THORNHILL
Graduate of Architecture
Aiden is a graduate architect of discipline, precision and material sensitivity. He has experience in several imminent Auckland studios, anchored by two years of intensive work at the infamous Portuguese studio of Aires Mateus. His work at Aires Mateus spanned from luxury apartment and villa projects to major museums and an installation for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Aiden’s work at Cheshire extends that elegant, minimalist foundation and he plays a key role in many of Cheshire’s most disciplined projects.

Project Collaborations:
The Hotel Britomart, The Brake House Kitchen, The Landing Vineyard Villa Pool, Hinemoa Street House, Titirangi House Alterations, Studio Red Tearoom, Ford Loft Residences, Yacht Club Apartments, Dadelszen







Adrian LeaT
Designer
Adrian strives to push the standard of design with a calm and disciplined style. Adrian is experienced in the residential construction market, in both the design & documentation of high-quality homes and leading those projects through construction. Adrian’s focus, leadership and ability to swiftly explore varying designs with the confident use of a pencil leaves him in a commanding position inside and outside of the studio. Adrian forges strong architecture.








ALICIA KNELL
Studio Manager
Alicia leads the studio’s front of house team. Before arriving at Cheshire, Alicia led the planning and execution of large format corporate and construction industry events. It is Alicia’s love for people and the excellence of their collective endeavour that led her to pursue the management of the studio. Alicia balances a warm smile with a fierce desire for organisation. 








CAMERON SPICER
Graduate of Architecture
Cameron is a graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. Cameron is fuelled by the ever-growing potency of the digital in architecture. He traverses a breadth of skills from 3D modelling, parametric design, programming and digital image creation. Cameron worked in the Cheshire studio during his study, leading with Pip an innovative multi-unit residential project with local Iwi. Since joining Cheshire full time in 2019, Cameron has had a key role in the research and masterplanning work of Redhills Green.

Project Collaborations:
Ngati Tamaoho Housing, Tara Iti Clubhouse Extension, AUT Wisdom Lab, Redhills Green 








Emily DolL
Architect
Emily’s career began in London where she worked for seven years before moving to New Zealand in 2019. Her London work spanned a variety of complex projects of different scales from residential to mixed use developments. In Auckland, Emily balances a pragmatic approach to design with a focussed consideration for a rich and holistic architecture.

Project Collaborations:
Scapegrace Distillery, Ngapipi Boatshed








JAMES TING
Graduate of Architecture
James balances the technical demands of the studio with his vital role in several hospitality and multi-story projects. James’s focus and energy is unshakable. He has demonstrated outstanding skill in coordinating the complex interaction of services and structure. James is equally versed in the fast paced operational demands and atmospheric nature of hospitality, and is deeply engaged in the culture, craft and detail of coffee. James has recently taken a lead role within the studio’s hospitality projects.

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Cafe Hanoi, The Hotel Britomart, SKHY, Mission Bay Master Planning, The Candy Shop, Ponsonby Fire Station, Te Rauponga Masterplanning, Private House in Northland 







JARED SEYMOUR
Technical and Heritage Support
Jared has spent almost half a decade painstakingly modelling, cataloguing and documenting world-heritage sites in the Antarctic – including the huts that supported the polar expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. He has worked closely with Pip throughout those projects, supporting a global team in the carefully orchestrated and technically inventive stabilisation and preservation of these precious buildings. Jared’s determined documentation plays a critical part in the location and tracking of the many thousands of artefacts that make up the collections within the explorers huts.

Project Collaborations:
The Ross Island Heritage conservation project, Antarctica







KAREN PLOWMAN
Financial Manager
Karen leads the company’s financial management and performance analysis. Having previously owned and run her own business in the construction products industry. Karen is highly experienced and provides commercial and procurement support to projects as well as the practice.







LATOYA BUCKBY
Financial Manager
Latoya has calmly managed the commercial demands of the office since 2011. She has continually shaped and refined Cheshire’s accounting systems in parallel with the studio’s evolving approach to its projects and is responsible for all of its billing, accounts receivable and annual reporting.







LAUREN VAN TIEL
Architect
Lauren is an energetic and focused designer at all scales. She brings a strong emphasis on elegant architectural outcomes to the complexity of large scale project design development. Lauren builds on her experience of high end British housing to foreground the detailed interaction of building elements that create outstanding architecture.

Project Lead:
Matapouri House, SKHY 2 


Project Collaborations:
Northern Club, Wintergarden, Buckland Masonic, Vermont Street House, Dune House








Lauren HicklinG
Designer–Interior Architecture
Lauren has five years of industry experience in New Zealand and Canada in both the residential and commercial sectors. A craft for creating environments that are materially rich, layered and totally immersive. Lauren is a spearhead for several of the studio's interior environments at any one time.

Project Collaborations:
Sarsfield Street House 









LUCY HAYES-STEVENSON
Architect & Heritage Specialist
Lucy’s beautiful and materially intelligent architectural graduate work brought her to the studio’s attention. She has exploited that sensitivity to forge a key role in the studio over the last seven years, seeking the seamless integration of architecture and its interior occupation. Lucy’s work covers a broad spectrum, from commercial space planning and heritage based refurbishment to the sourcing of hand-made lamps. Lucy works for Cheshire from Rome, alongside her postgraduate studies in heritage architecture. Lucy is a driving force in the studio’s commitment to extraordinary heritage projects and interventions.

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Mt Wellington, The Hanger, Dry & Tea Britomart, Queenstown and Freemans Bay residences, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, VMob Britomart, Maritime Building extension, HLC office, Catalina Bay, Extensive adaptive reuse of historic naval air force hangers and workshops at Catalina Bay







MEHUL PATEL
Graduate of Architecture
Mehul is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. He has an aptitude for creating highly refined, atmospheric digital imagery and is already a leading figure within the studio’s image creation division. Although new to the studio, Mehul is actively contributing and assisting in the design, exploration and development of significant urban, industrial and residential projects.

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Hotel Laneway, Scapegrace Distillery, Riddell Road House 








Rachael PicoT
Designer
Before returning to Auckland in 2019, Rachael spent five years gaining experience in London and TheNetherlands working on a range of residential and multi storey tower developments in Europe & Asia. Rachael has taken a lead role developing and managing BIM and the documentation standards within the studio. Rachael’s curious nature and focused propensity leaves her well equipped to develop the studio’s complex residential projects that are sited across the country.









Surita ManoA
Graduate of Architecture
Surita is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. A Kupe Leadership Scholarship recipient, Surita has a particular interest in the development of modern Pacific architecture. In her short time at the studio, Surita’s innate ability for design exploration and spatial detail contributes to a diverse range of projects, from residential to broad master planning and to our very own studio.








PIP CHESHIRE
PIP CHESHIRE
Director

2013 NZIA Gold Medal

2014-2016 President NZIA

2010-2019 Member Auckland City Urban Design Panel

2003 Distinguished Alumni University of Auckland

2004 Founding Principal, Cheshire Architects Ltd.

2003-2008 Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Auckland

1999-2003 Managing Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

1989-1999 Founding Director JASMAX Ltd., Auckland

Nat Cheshire
Nat Cheshire
Director

Cheshire engages in a huge breadth of types and scales, operating across fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement. Leading a holistic design process that coheres all disciplines, from development strategy and architecture to furniture and product design, Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to riverside cabins to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city.

Amongst this work, Nat has built much of Britomart – an organic development covering nine inner-city blocks surrounding The Hotel Britomart, and created and continually evolved the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat’s work has been awarded the NZIA Sir Miles Warren Commercial Architecture award, 2020 Best Award purple pin as well as twenty-four Best Award gold pins in nine years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen, Resident and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.

Dajiang (DJ) Tai
Dajiang (DJ) Tai
Director

DJ leads a large team in the studio. He is a critical collaborator in almost every hospitality project it undertakes. DJ shapes everything – from the philosophical ideals and atmospheres underpinning a project, to the realisation of those ideals in nuts, bolts, grease traps and bespoke furniture. He is as capable a project and construction manager as he is a water colourist. DJ heads the studio’s relationship with its Chinese clients.

Project Lead:
The Hotel Britomart, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Restaurant, Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Heritage Offices Britomart, 46 Parnell, Apartment for a Writer, Britomart Country Club, Cafe Hanoi, Library House, Milse, MOAM, The Store, Ortolana, XuXu, Ponsonby restaurant

Project Collaborations:
Mr Morris, Mandarin, Mangawhai House, Miss Clawdy

Ascinda Stark
Ascinda Stark
Principal – Architect

Ascinda has gained more than fifteen years’ experience in the London offices of both local and multinational studios before a return to home soil saw her join the Cheshire studio in 2018. Ascinda has led large teams in the design and realisation of major, beautifully refined projects that work to bolster their local urban fabric, and larger civic scale masterplanning projects which seek to reimagine how areas of a city might be used. At the centre of all her projects resides the highest of expectations for the experience of the people and communities who will use the buildings and spaces around them. Ascinda is a powerful leader within the studio who is as comfortable wielding a pencil across a blank page and she is wrestling with the rigours and complexities of realising a built project.

Project Lead:
Scapegrace Distillery, Kauri Cliffs Beach Pavilion, Kauri Cliffs Lodge Bar, Luxury Boatshed, Private houses, Bancorp Britomart offices, Buckland Masonic heritage façade restoration, Floral Court, London (KPF), Lucan Place, London (KPF)

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Catalina Bay Stage 3, Te Arai Lodge, Earls Court Village Masterplan, London (KPF & Farrells), Bulgari Hotel, London (Squire + Partners & ACPVP), One Tower Bridge, London (Squire + Partners & Conran + Partners)

Ellie Green
Ellie Green
Principal – Architect and Large Project Leader

In Ellie’s London work, projects of huge adaptive re-use sit alongside new buildings of large-format commercial nature. In Auckland, Ellie confidently leads the studio’s largest teams in projects of similar scale, pursuing change in the city through sites of mixed, transformative use. Ellie is that rare person in architecture whose design work is insightful and lyrical, and whose project delivery experience and capacity for management are equally solid. Her broad strengths shape and amplify the studio’s design intent throughout architecture’s complex design, documentation and implementation phases.

Project Lead:
Private residence in Ōtepoti, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, SKHY, 18 Sale St, Morningside, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Buckland Masonic

Emily Priest
Emily Priest
Principal – Creative Director

Emily refuses to accept disciplinary or typological boundaries within design. She leads a team of designers that push the studio’s work beyond building and into interior, graphic, product, web, furniture, lighting, and textile design. With them, she pursues totally immersive experiences, through a fierce commitment to the bespoke - from master plan to apron button.

Project Lead:
Arrowtown Houses, Hotel Britomart Restaurant Private Dining, Faradays, The Libraries, The Hotel Britomart Interiors, Northern Club Extension, Ford Loft Two Residence, Northern Club Bistro, Pilkington’s Restaurant and Bar, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, The Esplanade, No.7 Balmac, The Tooth Company, Dry & Tea (Newmarket, City Works Depot, Britomart), City Works Depot, Britomart, Freemans bay and Queenstown Residences, Whites & Co. Britomart, Food Truck Garage

Project Collaborations:
Upper Tukurua House, Private Residence in Herne Bay, Riddell Road House, Kings Plant Barn Concept Store, Mr Morris, Fielding House Interiors, SKHY Marketing and Interiors, Oaken, Saan, Mandarin, Ortolana, Milse, The Store, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci Melbourne, XuXu

Object:
The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining Chandelier, The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining Pendant, Fulcrum Table Lamp, Torchon Pendant, Foundry Floor Light, Parison Pendant, Parison Table Light, Northern Club Bistro Pendant

Fraser Horton
Fraser Horton
Principal – Designer – Architecture

Fraser has run his own very successful practice, producing inventive and beautiful residential and hospitality work under the banner of Fraser Horton Design. He joined the Cheshire studio in support of its ambitions for New Zealand and global architecture. Fraser’s skills are broad reaching; from the holistic leadership of highly detailed buildings, to key management contributions in the studio itself, to the leadership of the studio’s digital modelling, virtual reality, image creation and art direction efforts. Fraser’s appetite is for crafting beautiful architecture that advances and expands our culture. This is evident in everything he does.

Project Lead:
Tarawera House, Dalefield House, Vermont Street House, Kauaroa Bay Lodge

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, Te Arai North Villas & Clubhouse, Auckland Hebrew Congregation

George Gregory
George Gregory
Principal – Designer – Architecture

George is obsessed with detail, richness and a concentrated, crisply resolved architecture. He applies those obsessions broadly: from the layered improvisations of restaurants to large-format inner city transformations and intensely considered, bespoke residences. For George, this means fighting just as hard for custom-made door handles as for the efficiencies and potentials of multi-storey planning. George has a lead role in the studio’s work, running several projects at once in support of the continually evolving whole.

Project Lead:
Waiheke House, Faradays, Riddell Road House, Ponsonby Villa, Riddell Road House, Miss Clawdy, Mi Piaci, Quay Altrans Britomart, Barrington Sofrana Britomart, City Works Depot Spiral Stair, Waiheke House, Ford Lofts, The Northern Club, Dadelszen Parnell, Parnell Loft, Hinemoa Street House.

Project Collaborations:
Ortolana, Milse, The Store

Kieren Wells
Kieren Wells
Principal – Architect

Kieren draws on broad experience, from master-planning huge projects in China to his more recent London based commercial work and the construction of small rural houses. Kieren brings this experience to bear on architecture in a manner that is as technically intelligent and procedurally robust as it is ideologically committed. He enjoys equally the mud and dust of the construction site and the challenge and politics of design management. He is committed to the pursuit of architectural clarity, cohesion and material honesty, which he believes is attainable irrespective of a project’s constraints. These attributes help Kieren play a key role in leading projects with a global cast of clients and consultants. It also means that Kieren treats documentation as a design project in its own right, driving the studio’s program of continual documentation critique and refinement. Kieren established the studio’s Wellington office.

Project Lead:
Upper Tukurua House, Arrowtown Houses, The Tarn, Lake Hawea House, Vineyard Villa at The Landing, Clifftop House II, Clifftop Gym

Project Collaborations:
Tara Iti Clubhouse, Vermont Street House

Mark Morrison
Mark Morrison
Principal – Architect

Mark is an architect of fifteen years’ experience in Auckland, London and New York. His prior projects range from highly crafted bespoke homes to new campus developments for the University of Auckland and several British universities. Mark artfully balances strong, clear design ambitions with a calm, focused project management style. He is as a consequence a highly effective leader of large teams and critical projects, forging strong architecture from complex briefs and stakeholder teams.

Project Lead:
Private residence in Herne Bay, Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, Tara Iti enlargements / Te Arai accommodation and enlargements

Project Collaborations:
Britomart Portal, Beazley House, Nolan House

Pam Sando
Pam Sando
Principal – Architect

Pam is a supremely calm, confident and focused maker of architecture, designing comprehensive and carefully thought-out projects of integrity and efficiency. She works across a breadth of scales and a depth of project stages and methodologies, pursuing a strong, humane architecture. Pam’s great ability to organise the demands of complex briefs into strong architecture is matched by an outstanding ability to establish and manage the process of tendering and contract administration.

Project Lead:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, St Heliers Church, SKHY Apartments Stage 2, Wilson Home Respite & Rehabilitation Centre, Mission Bay housing, Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Springfield Road Residence additions & alterations, Clarke Foundation Library, Tamaki Teacher Housing, Childfund Auckland Office fitout.

Project Collaborations:
Mission Bay masterplan & streetscape, Te Arai private accommodation, Northern Club, Hannam Draper Penthouse, Auckland Islands Research Station, Kauaroa Bay, Redhills Green Masterplanning.

Sarah Gilbertson
Sarah Gilbertson
Principal – Designer – Architecture

Sarah has been a key collaborator with Pip and Nat since her arrival in the studio in 2007. Her speed and relentless curiosity empower an incisive approach to design at all scales – from the urban master plan to the occupation of a single room. Sarah’s is a beautiful combination of technical and design intelligence. She seeks the strongest solutions by attacking every problem from simultaneous angles. The result is an engaged, rapid, and responsive process of design, technical inquiry and implementation. The strength of that process enables Sarah to move confidently and effectively between projects of all types, scales and phases, applying the same depth of architectural intelligence to all.

Project Lead:
Redhills masterplan, Raphoe masterplan and development, Yacht Club Apartments Hobsonville, Mission Bay masterplan and commercial re-development, Rhubarb Lane.

Project Collaborations:
Awaawaroa Bay, Catalina Bay Masterplan and streetscape, Freemans Bay residence, Merchant stores, Private houses in Northland and Herne Bay, Mt Albert church, Stanbeth Excelsior Britomart, Church in the West.

Simon Mclean
Simon Mclean
Principal – Project Leader

Simon undertook several years of design and construction management in London before joining the studio in 2007. In the face of great complexity Simon maintains a continual calm, ensuring robust control of architecture and the processes of its implementation. Simon’s work leading Q Theatre delivered a complex and energetic building from an ambitious and multi-faceted brief, in an astonishingly constrained site. Simon’s experience integrating theatrical, commercial and hospitality imperatives at Q has since supported his work on large mixed-use projects, the nascent Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island and the large-scale Catalina Bay development. Recently his work has extended to the residential sector where he has fostered the personal client relationships necessary to creating great architecture in this space.

Project Lead:
Heritage Offices Britomart, Catalina Bay, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, Alibi Brewery Waiheke, Shed 12, Q Theatre, Plaza Apartments, Waterside Apartments, Stanex Britomart

Project Collaborations:
The Hotel Britomart, Riddell Road House

Stephen Rendell
Stephen Rendell
Principal – Senior Architect

Stephen was a founding architect at Cheshire. He has previously always pursued and questioned architecture rigorously, whether running his own award winning practice or tutoring in design at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland. He and Pip have collaborated for almost two decades. Stephen’s extraordinary sensitivity to space, light, material and assembly has, in that time, been brought to bear on a series of the studio’s major works. His ability to trace a finishing detail right through to its root in the first rough slab pour reveals a profound understanding of how great architecture is made. Stephen presently leads the most intensely detailed projects of the studio, roving from heritage loft conversions to private clubhouses set amongst coastal dunes.

Project Lead:
Hilltop House, House at Takapuna, Maritime Building, Mountain Landing Lodge, NSSC, Tara Iti Clubhouse, The Folly, The Landing Winery

Project Collaborations:
Q Theatre, Ford Lofts, Vineyard House, Fielding House, 1885, Café Hanoi, Stanex Britomart

Calum McNaught
Calum McNaught
Associate Principal, Designer-Architecture

Calum brings a resolute working process to bear on architecture. Having worked in media design in London, Calum returned to New Zealand in 2007 to expand his skills within the field of architecture. In that time Calum has worked for Cheshire and run his own architecture practice. He now works exclusively for the Cheshire Studio. Calum specialises in a highly focused architecture leading the complex detailing of several large-scale city developments, and the intricacies of complex geometries such as the asymmetrical ellipse with entasis that defines the tower of the Hilltop House.

Project Lead:
Smith House

Project Collaborations:
Stanbeth & Excelsior, Q Theatre, Gabriel House (ML), Hilltop house & Gymnasium (ML), Hilltop Observatory (ML), SKHY2, Hotel Britomart, Church at Massey

Lucy Hayes-Stevenson
Lucy Hayes-Stevenson
Associate Principal, Architect-Heritage Specialist

Lucy’s beautiful and materially intelligent architectural graduate work brought her to the studio’s attention seven years ago. Having returned from her four year post-graduate heritage studies in Rome, Lucy has forged a key role in the studio. She exploits a sensitivity of heritage conservation, seeking the seamless integration of architecture and its interior occupation. Lucy’s work covers a broad spectrum, from commercial space planning and heritage based refurbishment to the sourcing of hand-made lamps. Lucy is a driving force in the studio’s commitment to extraordinary heritage projects and interventions.

Project Lead:
Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Maritime Refurbishment

Project Collaborations:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, Antarctica - Ross Sea Heritage Restoration, The Hanger, Dry & Tea Britomart, Queenstown and Freemans Bay residences, Tantalus Winery Waiheke, VMob Britomart, Maritime Building extension, HLC office, Catalina Bay, Extensive adaptive reuse of historic naval air force hangers and workshops at Catalina Bay

Adrian Leat
Adrian Leat
Designer

Adrian strives to push the standard of design with a calm and disciplined style. Adrian is experienced in the residential construction market, in both the design & documentation of high-quality homes and leading those projects through construction. Adrian’s focus, leadership and ability to swiftly explore varying designs with the confident use of a pencil leaves him in a commanding position inside and outside of the studio. Adrian forges strong architecture.

Project Collaborations:
Katipo Drive House (Tara Iti), Vermont Street House

Aiden Thornhill
Aiden Thornhill
Graduate of Architecture

Aiden is an architectural designer of discipline, precision and material sensitivity. He has experience in several imminent Auckland studios, anchored by two years of intensive work at the infamous Portuguese studio of Aires Mateus. His work at Aires Mateus spanned from luxury apartment and villa projects to major museums and an installation for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Aiden’s work at Cheshire extends that elegant, minimalist foundation and he plays a key role in many of Cheshire’s most disciplined projects.

Project Lead:
Titirangi House Alterations, The Brake House

Project Collaborations:
Kings Plant Barn Stonefields Concept Store, The Hotel Britomart, The Landing Vineyard Villa Pool, Hinemoa Street House, Ford Loft Residences, Yacht Club Apartments, Dadelszen

Cameron Spicer
Cameron Spicer
Graduate of Architecture

Cameron is fuelled by the ever-growing potency of the digital in architecture. In addition to strong architectural and CAD abilities he has a range of skills from 3D modelling, parametric design, programming and digital image creation. Cameron worked in the Cheshire studio during his study, working with Pip on an innovative multi-unit residential project with local Iwi. Since joining Cheshire full time in 2019, Cameron has had a key role in the research and master planning work of Redhills. When he is not furiously computing, you will find Cameron co-leading the Auckland Architecture Association (AAA).

Project Collaborations:
Ngati Tamaoho Housing, Tara Iti Clubhouse Extension, AUT Wisdom Lab, Redhills

David Stubbs
David Stubbs
Designer

David Stubbs has joined the studio having worked for over a decade in the Marlborough region. David has an obsession for highly crafted environments that respond positively to their environments. He has a wealth of experience in the documentation and construction of private residences coupled with a calm focused demeanour. David is a driving force within the studio’s projects.

Emily Doll
Emily Doll
Architect (UK)

Emily’s career began in London where she worked and studied for eleven years before relocating to New Zealand in 2019. Her London work spanned a variety of complex projects at different scales from bespoke residential to large mixed-use developments in challenging and sensitive locations. She also worked on an exhibition at the Venice Biennale and has co-edited / produced several architectural publications.

In Auckland, Emily continues to tackle multifaceted and demanding projects with pragmatism and determination. She strives to create elegant and carefully crafted architecture, with an emphasis on a building’s relationship to its surroundings and the thoughtful use of materials.

Project Collaborations:
Scapegrace Distillery, Luxury Boatshed, 152 Quay Street, Nohanga

Isabella Muirhead
Isabella Muirhead
Intern

Isabella is a fourth-year student at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture, and she kindly shares her time with us in between her semester projects. Isabella has already received accolades from the University of Auckland, Designers Institute Best Awards and NZIA. Isabella lends us her ‘outside the square’ thinking and has quickly become our most valuable assistant.

Jared Seymour
Jared Seymour
Technical and Heritage Support

Jared has spent almost half a decade painstakingly modelling, cataloguing and documenting world-heritage sites in the Antarctic – including the huts that supported the polar expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. He has worked closely with Pip throughout those projects, supporting a global team in the carefully orchestrated and technically inventive stabilisation and preservation of these precious buildings. Jared’s determined documentation plays a critical part in the location and tracking of the many thousands of artefacts that make up the collections within the explorers huts.

Project Collaborations:
The Ross Island Heritage conservation project, Antarctica

Jonah Kim
Jonah Kim
Graduate of Architecture

Jonah takes a holistic and thoughtful approach to design. Prior to his arrival at Cheshire, Jonah had the unique experience of working on the redevelopment of Louis Kahn’s IIM campus in Ahmedabad, India. Jonah has a keen eye for detail and is experienced in the curation of highly complex spaces.

Project Collaborations:
Riddell Road House, Basement Day Spa, Ponsonby Extension, O'Neill street Pavilion

Jono Coates
Jono Coates
Senior Architectural Designer

Jono began his creative career studying industrial design, but his work now straddles many design disciplines, covering architecture, interiors, industrial and product design. Jono worked in Berlin before settling in Wellington and joining the southern studio. With an ever curious and experimental spirit, Jono’s ingenuity and thoughtful attitude are hallmarks of all his projects.

Project Collaborations:
Upper Tukurua House, Organic cabins, The Hotel Restaurant Private Dining, Heritage Offices Britomart, Bus Shelter Prototype – Nationwide, Lake Hawea House, House at Lake Hayes, Private Residence in Wellington, Furniture design

Karen Plowman
Karen Plowman
Financial Manager

Karen leads the company’s financial management and performance analysis. Having previously owned and run her own business in the construction products industry. Karen is highly experienced and provides commercial and procurement support to projects as well as the practice.

Kate Glasson
Kate Glasson
Graduate of Architecture

Kate, a recent architectural graduate, holds a profound fusion of architectural prowess and an artistic sensibility deeply rooted in Kiwi culture. Her creative ethos is a blend of philosophy, poetry, and spatial mastery. She weaves these elements harmoniously into her projects, breathing life into spaces that transcend the ordinary and emerge as exquisite works of art, regardless of their scale.

Latoya Buckby
Latoya Buckby
Financial Manager

Latoya has calmly managed the commercial demands of the office since 2011. She has continually shaped and refined Cheshire’s accounting systems in parallel with the studio’s evolving approach to its projects and is responsible for all of its billing, accounts receivable and annual reporting.

Lauren Ashley
Lauren Ashley
Designer

Lauren Ashley has a background in bespoke furniture production and merchandising, and has most recently expanded this field to include product development for commercial and residential spaces. Lauren has an extensive knowledge of materials and their specification; making her an integral part of our interior project delivery and installation team.

Lauren van Tiel
Lauren van Tiel
Architect

Lauren is an energetic and focused designer at all scales. She brings a strong emphasis on elegant architectural outcomes to the complexity of large scale project design development. Lauren builds on her experience of high end British housing to foreground the detailed interaction of building elements that create outstanding architecture.

Project Lead:
Mission Bay Masterplan, Matapouri House, SKHY 2

Project Collaborations:
Northern Club, Wintergarden, Buckland Masonic, Vermont Street House, Dune House

Lise Jansen-Luke
Lise Jansen-Luke
Graduate of Architecture

Lise is our most recent recruit having come to our attention following her achieving the ‘Peripheral’ category and Best Student at the 2023 AAA awards. Lise has a profound love for design and creation. Her work reflects her thoughtful approach and tireless dedication to all that she sets her sights upon. Lise is already contributing greatly to several of the studio's key projects. 

Mehul Patel
Mehul Patel
Graduate of Architecture

Mehul joined us as a graduate and has actively contributed and assisted in the design, exploration and development of significant urban, industrial and residential projects in the studio. He has an aptitude for creating highly refined, atmospheric digital imagery and is already a leading figure within the studio’s image creation division. 

Project Collaborations:
Katipo Drive House (Tara Iti), Britomart Hotel Laneway, Scapegrace Distillery, Riddell Road House

Nicholas Rean
Nicholas Rean
Graduate of Architecture

Since Nicholas graduated, he has been involved in a range of complex projects across downtown Auckland, including the refurbishment and restoration of several heritage buildings. With a photographer’s eye for detail, Nicholas is a master in image creation and uses his calm and assertive nature to all projects he turns his attention to.

Project Collaborations:
Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Private Residence in Ōtepoti, Heritage Offices Britomart, Queenstown residence, Wellington residence, Auckland Hebrew Congregation

Nicola Bainbridge
Nicola Bainbridge
Studio Manager

Nicola leads the studio’s front of house team. It is Nicolas’s enthusiasm for looking after the studio and its people that has kept our studio running at full pace. Nicola thrives on a challenge. She organises our studio, its people and visitors with warmth, calmness and clarity. Nicola will always greet you with a warm and welcoming smile.

Paul Davidson
Paul Davidson
Designer

Paul is an architectural designer with a wealth of knowledge in the design, documentation and construction of complex private residences. He has experience in several prominent Auckland studios. Paul is equal parts curious as he is optimistic in his pursuit of highly resolved architectural outcomes and plays a key role in the leadership of some of the studios most complex projects.

Ruby Somerville
Ruby Somerville
Architect

Ruby is an integral member of the Wellington studio, bringing infectious energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of her projects. She brings expertise in renovation works and documentation to Cheshire and has her hand in several projects across the North and South Islands.

Project Collaborations:
Chief Post Office Base Building Heritage Upgrade Works, Kiwi Tavern Refurbishment, Tarawera House, Private Residence in Wellington

Surita Manoa
Surita Manoa
Graduate of Architecture

Surita is a graduate from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. A Kupe Leadership Scholarship recipient, Surita has a particular interest in the development of modern Pacific architecture. Surita’s innate ability for design exploration and spatial detail contributes to a diverse range of projects, from residential to broad master planning and to our very own studio.

Project Collaborations:
Private Residence in Herne Bay, Luxury Boatshed, Faradays, Hotel near Queenstown

Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan
Designer

Tom has worked and studied with prominent architects in Europe and Aotearoa. His work is focused on the beautiful relationship between construction, space and meaningful material expression. His arts education has given him a wide skillset. This has led to exciting projects, such as participating in prestigious architecture biennales, galleries, and major competitions. He is also working on a monograph about Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sverre Fehn. Tom is detail-focused and naturally driven. He pursues high standards in all acts of architecture.