Based in the Welington studio, Max Herriot, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, founded the practice with John Melhuish in 1997 as Herriot + Melhuish Architecture. Prior to HMA, Max had his own business, Max Herriot Design. From 1984-1988, he worked for a London based practice, Michael Aukett Associates. Max has a broad experience across a range of building types including commercial building refurbishments, hospitality projects, commercial fit outs, and more recently larger scale commercial campus projects including the Vogel Integrated Campus and the Bowen Integrated Campus. His focus has been on initial design concepts, design development, through to coordination of documentation, with a specific interest in detail as well as structural solutions, providing a connection to his engineering background.
Max grew up in Wellington’s Eastbourne Bays. A keen sportsman, he played basketball for New Zealand and is now a regular in the K2 and Lake Taupo Cycling Challenges. He lives in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore, when not escaping to the Kapiti Coast beach house he co-owns with friends.
Key Projects: Project Director for: Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Auckland (2014); Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Wellington (2012); Westpac Regional Stadium Team Change Facilities and Deloitte Clubroom Upgrade, Wellington (2012-2013); Design Architect for: St Bede’s College Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2010); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007); VUW Recreation Centre, Wellington (2006); Vogel Integrated Campus, Wellington (2006); Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor Auckland (2002); New Zealand Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Wellington (2000); Silverscreen Productions/Oktober, Wellington (2000).
John Melhuish, NZ Registered Architect, FNZIA, manages the Wellington studio with Max Herriot. Prior to co-founding Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 1997, John worked for a decade for one of New Zealand’s most high profile practices, Athfield Architects. Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015) was a mentor; his design philosophy and studio culture is an ongoing inspiration for the practice. John has both led and worked within large and diverse project teams, with a focus on achieving the best quality through the co-ordination and collaboration of other design disciplines. John has extensive experience in a wide range and scale of projects and a particular interest in the contemporary adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. He believes in a strong emphasis on the craft of detail throughout the design process. John is currently Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council for BRANZ, was a member of the Wellington City Council Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Wellington Waterfront from 2005-2011 and a member of NZIA Council from 2009-2014.
A Napier Boys High School old boy, John played hockey for New Zealand from 1981 to1986, is now a proud hockey-Dad, avid trail-runner and occasional surfer. He lives in Strathmore, Wellington.
Key Projects: Project Director for: TSB Arena Refurbishment, Wellington (2015- ); NZX Fit-Out, Wellington (2014-15); Soltius NZ Office Fit-Outs, Wellington + Auckland (2011-2014); 3 Queens Wharf Refurbishment, Wellington (2012); VUW Rec Centre Refurbishment (2006); City Chambers Refurbishment(2004); Silverscreen, Wellington and Auckland; 10 Cambridge Tce, Wellington; Design Architect for: Newmarket Railway Station (with Opus), Auckland (2010); Devonport Navy Museum (with Opus), Auckland (2011); Maori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010); Freyberg Building Refurbishment, Wellington (2010); 119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington 2007; VUW Theatre and Film Refurbishment (2007); City Chambers Refurbishment, Wellington (2003); Silverscreen Productions, Wellington (2000); New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Wellington (2000); 10 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington (1998); Project Architect (for Athfield Architects): VUW Student Union Building (1989).
Duval O'Neill, NZ Registered Architect; ANZIA, manages the Christchurch studio. Duval joined Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 2002, working on both commercial and residential projects. In January 2005, the pull home to the mainland became too much so Duval established the Christchurch studio where he quickly established strong relationships within the Canterbury construction sector, and acquired a strong portfolio of committed clients, including St Bedes College. Duval became an Associate with HMA in 2005 and a Director in 2007. He was lead architect on the Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011), a finalist in the 2013 Home of the Year. Prior to HMOA, in 1996 Duval worked in architectural practices in London on a range of large-scale urban regeneration projects, commercial developments and quality roof-top housing developments. Back in New Zealand in 2000, he worked with Stephenson and Turner (NZ) Ltd on large-scale commercial projects where he became an Associate.
Proudly born and bred in Southland, Duval lives in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant but regularly explores Central Otago on both his mountain bike and skis. Read a Q&A with Duval on our blog.
Key projects: O’Neill House, Christchurch (2016); St Bedes College Gymnasium stage 2,(2014 - current) St Bede’s College Brodie Classrooms Refurbishment, Christchurch (2011); St Bede’s College Master Planning, Christchurch (2012 - current); St Bedes College Wearmouth Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2011); Les Mills Gymnasium, Christchurch (2011 - 2012); Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant, Christchurch (2013); Kathmandu NZ Headquarters, Christchurch (2013); Gloucester Street Apartments refurbishment, Christchurch (2011 - current); Rutherford House Rebuild, Christchurch (2013 - current); Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011).
Matt Pearson, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, runs the Auckland studio, with John and Max regularly travelling between all the three centres. As well as his own architectural projects, Matt is well connected to all sectors of the building industry. On graduating from Auckland University in 1990, he bought a ute and a drop-saw and started his own development projects, initially designing and building small houses in his childhood home of Manurewa, before moving onto complex buildings including apartment blocks in the Auckland ‘city fringe’. In between his own developments, in 1998 Matt worked in London for SKF Architects.
Matt joined Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects in 2016. He lives with his young family in Newmarket, but thrives on the surf in Raglan where he spends many weekends.
Key Projects: Designer of Epsom Central Apartment on Manukau Rd (2016). Designer and Project Manager for Momentum Apartments on College Hill Freemans Bay (2013-14) Designer and Builder of Deeney House, Remuera (2005). Designer and Builder of 25 Cheshire Street Apartments (2001-2). Designer and Builder of 2 Atarangi Rd Apartments (1998).
Bringing a slice of France to the practice, Stephanie Gardner NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, Diploma of Architect, EPFL (Switzerland) has been with HMOA since 2004. Before then, she worked in Switzerland and France on commercial and residential projects, as well as architectural competitions. Steph is experienced in construction detailing, detailed design production and has been running contract administration/site observation on residential projects for over ten years. She is skilled in Autodesk REVIT and associated presentation software, and is passionate about Building Information Modelling as part of her role for NZIA BIM Committee.
Steph feels strongly that Wellington is the coolest place in the world. While walking or riding around the waterfront to work or yoga, she still stops and thinks about how she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She loves that her HMOA colleagues share her passion for fitness and sport, and her next challenge is to complete her yoga teacher training.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs projects (2016–); China Cultural Centre (2015–); Trade Me fit-out, Auckland (2016) and Wellington (2018); Roseneath Townhouses (2017); HMA Office fit-out (2016); Ngaio House Extensions, Wellington (2014); NZX fit-out, Wellington (2013); Trade Me fit-out, Wellington (2012); Island Bay House, Wellington (2011); Riversdale House, Wellington (2010); Ngaio House Landscaping, Wellington (2010); Les Mills Gym, Christchurch (2010); Maori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010); 119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007); VUW Theatre and Film (2006).
Oliver Markham, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, joined the practice in 2005. He has fifteen years experience, including two in Australia working on multi-unit residential projects and exhibition design. With HMOA, Olly has developed huge competency in design, construction detailing, detailed design production, and contract administration/site observation. The practice also makes the most of his excellent Autodesk REVIT skills and associated presentation software, seeing him involved with many projects from the conceptual design stage right through to the completion of construction.
Based in the Wellington studio, Olly regularly bravely bikes around the harbour to work from his home in Lower Hutt, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. At the weekend, you might spot him fly fishing in the Hutt River.
ANZAC Shelter, Lower Hutt (2016); Peka Peka House II, Wellington (2015); St Winifreds Hospital Earthquake Remedial Work, Christchurch (2015); Trade Me, Auckland (2015); Outward Bound Office Fit-out, Wellington (2013); Westpac Stadium Upgrades, Wellington (2011); Havelock North House, Hawke’s Bay (2009); Waikanae House, Kapiti Coast (2009); Navy Museum Redevelopment, Devonport (2008); St. Bede’s College Boarding Hall, Christchurch (2007); Waimarama House, Hawke’s Bay (2004); Cambourne House, Wellington (2004); VUW Recreation Centre Redevelopment, Wellington (2004); Karori House, Wellington (2004); Rembrandt Suits Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2004).
Representing HMOA in the Bay of Plenty, Jenny Duck, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, was part of our Christchurch team for five years before moving north to Tauranga in 2016. She initially continued to do project work for us, establishing the Tauranga studio in 2018. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jenny began her career as an architectural draughtsperson, crafting her trade in the residential field in Christchurch. She gained a strong grounding in CAD modelling and documentation and enjoyed the challenge of residential new builds and alterations on the Port Hills.
In 2008 Jenny returned home to Wellington to attend Victoria University where she completed her Bachelor of Architecture. Jenny fitted her architectural career in around an equally impressive sporting one, she represented New Zealand in hockey for over ten years. Highlights included competing at a World Cup, being part of the bronze medal-winning New Zealand team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and attending the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. In Tauranga, Jenny has the skills and resources of the wider HMOA team to work across both commercial and residential projects, with directors regularly travelling to the Bay. In particular, she works closely with our Auckland studio, just two and a half hours drive away. Read more about Jenny.
Wilson House (2017); Gloucester Street Apartments (2016); O’Neill House (2016); Thompson House (2015); Johnstone House (2015); Rutherford House (2015); Scott House, Oamaru (2015); Walshe EQ Repairs (2014); St Bedes College Masterplanning (2014); Sala Sala Restaurant (2013); St Bedes Changing Rooms, Christchurch (2013).
Nic Sewell, Registered Architect, ANZIA, moved back to his hometown of Christchurch in 2011 after travelling and working in Europe. Experienced in all facets of the design and construction process, Nic has a strong interest in sustainability and a hands-on approach to construction and building technology. He worked on experimental building projects in Portugal, Denmark and Belgium and attended short courses on alternative construction and energy systems in Wales and Germany. Nic is a Register Assessor for the New Zealand Green Building Council's (NZGBC) Homestar programme.
After graduating from Auckland University, Nic moved to Nelson and worked with a local practice on a range of institutional and residential projects that fostered a practical and direct approach to project development. Nic lives with his wife and two young sons in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon. He loves snowboarding, has spent seasons at resorts in Canada and Austria, and enjoys exploring the clubbies and backcountry in Canterbury (when the kids allow). Nic is a keen cyclist who also volunteers with Christchurch’s RAD Bikes, read more on the blog.
Project Architect: St Bedes College Gym (2017); UC Kirkwood Student Accommodation (2016); Durham Boarding Fit-out (2015 & 2014); St Bedes College Masterplanning (2012-2016), Sala Sala Restaurant (2013), Christchurch; Design and Construction: Makväkart Attic Cinema, Denmark (2011), Alambique and Casa Luna Restoration, Portugal (2010).
With over 20 years’ experience, Brent Sykes, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, works in the Auckland studio and became an HMOA Associate in 2018. He has a long association with Auckland director Matt Pearson, having worked together on Matt’s own projects, including the Momentum Apartments, before either joined HMOA. Brent has previously worked for other Auckland practices, including Stephenson & Turner and Peddle Thorp. While living in London (1998-2004), he gained valuable experience in urban regeneration and medium-density residential projects, and an appreciation of the power of architecture to improve daily life. At Pollard Thomas & Edwards, Brent worked on the awarding-winning residential project, Lingham Court in Stockwell, and his work at Broadway Malyan included the Forge apartment development in the Docklands.
Brent lives in the Auckland suburb of Mangere Bridge, near Ambury Park and Te Pane Mataoho (Mangere Mountain) and enjoys mountain biking.
Seaview Road House(2016); Epsom Central Apartments; Rose Road Apartments (in progress); Delegat Winery (2015 while at Peddle Thorp).
Since joining HMOA in November 2018, architecture student Alice Charles has assisted the team with everything from 3D modelling to documentation and presentation of residential design schemes as well as keeping our project portfolios up to date. Originally from Auckland, Alice works part-time while completing her final thesis year at Victoria University's School of Architecture. In the summer of 2015, Alice worked as an intern at Make Architects in London and in a year off between undergrad and masters in 2017, she returned to Europe for contract architecture roles in Spain and Italy.
Alice lives in Newtown and enjoys its eclectic mix of quaint villas, hidden restaurants and cafes, and the friendly vibe.
Originally from Martha’s Vineyard in the US, Karin Thurston, CID (Certified Interior Designer, CCIDC State of California) began her interior design career in her teens, working as a design assistant during summer holidays. She went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Ithaca College before moving to Los Angeles and returning to interior design. In LA she completed the UCLA Extension Interior Architecture programme and over the next decade, Karin worked on commercial office fit-outs before moving to New Zealand with her partner in 2017.
Karin is particularly skilled in space planning, design, material selection, joinery design and construction documentation. She enjoys the collaborative studio atmosphere at HMOA, and has relished finding her place as an interior designer among all our architects.
Karin’s family travelled a lot when she was young, spending three years in Bangkok and many summer breaks in Finland, where her mother was from. After 15 years in LA, Karin enjoys living on the waterfront in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun—returning to the seaside living of her youth. A passionate cook, she strives to reduce her contribution to landfills in all facets of her live and work.
Trade Me Wellington renovations (2017-2018); FNZ fit-out (2018- ).
At Shlemmer Algaze & Associates, Los Angeles, CA (2013 – 2017): Lewis Brisbois Law Offices, LA; Cedars Sinai Medical Office Towers, LA; MWH Offices – fit-outs; multiple offices throughout USA ; 42 West, Century City, CA. Various Landlords and Management Companies: CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Equity Office, Nearon Enterprises, Charles Dunn, Lincoln Properties, Fairoaks Management, Reit Management.
NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, Darren Matthews, joined HMOA in late 2017 following a role as Project Architect for Wingnut Films and Wellington's film industry. He’s worked on much of Miramar's film infrastructure, including studios, post-production facilities, heritage and adaptive reuse projects, and commercial and office fit-outs for Weta Digital. Darren also previously ran his own architectural practice, working on new residential and light commercial work, and a number of design and build residential alteration projects.
On leaving school in the early 80s, Darren took up the role of teenage chauffeur and grounds-person for Athfield Architects. A close working relationship with Athfields continued for 12 years, with time off to complete a NZCAD and Bachelor of Architecture at Auckland University. Darren evolved from suburban farmhand to builder/draughtsperson and now Registered Architect.
For the past 25 years, Darren has lived with his very musical family opposite the beach in Wellington’s Worser Bay. Gardening, drawing, construction and music remain his favourite pastimes.
Hanson St Apartments for Housing New Zealand (2019), Courtenay Creative Heritage and Strengthening project (2018).
For Weta Digital Ltd: 50 Tacy St Office fit-out (2016-2017); Portsmouth B Miramar adaptive reuse and office fit-out (2015-2016). Project Architect for Park Road Post— Bats Theatre Wellington heritage restoration and strengthening (2012-2014); Stella Maris Chapel Seatoun heritage restoration and strengthening (2007-2009); post-production facility (2002- 2006).
With fifteen years’ experience in the industry, Registered Architect, ANZIA, Rochelle Tse has recently returned to HMOA after being part of our practice (then known as HMA) from 2002-2007. During that time, she worked on a range of projects including undertaking the Construction Documentation and Administration for Seatoun and Ngaio Houses. On graduating from Victoria University in 1996, Rochelle worked for Melling Morse Architects (1997-2001) on low cost sustainable homes.
In 2007, Rochelle established Tse Wallace Architects with her business partner Liz Wallace. She has always enjoyed working with the variety of people who make up a project team to create thoughtful, well-detailed designs.
Rochelle lives in the Wellington seaside suburb of Eastbourne with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters. She enjoys the ‘slow’ crafts of pottery, floristry and handicrafts, which link her back to nature.
A 2018 graduate of Victoria University's School of Architecture, Architectural Graduate, Francis Lim spent a semester of his studies at the National University of Singapore, learning about Singapore’s architectural culture and travelling around South East Asia, including becoming a certified PADI open water diver.
Francis enjoys the work-culture at HMOA and, as a fresh graduate, learning from his more experienced peers. From his masters research in virtual reality, Francis is hoping to become the VR specialist in the studio. In his spare time, Francis is out and about in Wellington taking photos (he's already helping out with HMOA's social media) and vlogging. He's also an avid gamer.
With two years experience of commercial interiors at Pelorous Architecture before joining HMOA, Architectural Graduate Amber Gray has particularly enjoyed working on our Hanson St Apartments for Housing NZ. As well as the practical experience of a job of this scale, she says she's learnt it’s the little things that make a difference to how architecture can contribute to quality of life.
Hailing from Te Aroha in the Waikato, Amber lives with her partner in Titahi Bay and loves the combination of both beach and city life the Bay provides. Read more about Amber on the blog.
Housing NZ Hanson Street (2019); MAS interior fit-out (2019).
Neurotic Designer-Dog-Gone-Wrong, Bobby Bart Bieber Healy-Melhuish would prefer not to be the office dog. His large poodle brain has not mixed well with the smaller over-excitable neurones of the Cavalier King Charles in his bloodline. Bob is experienced in anxiety and brings no skills to the studio other than looking good and sulking.
Bobby lives with his exasperated but equally neurotic family in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore. He likes being on guard for cat sightings, giving hate-stares to humans he hasn't known for at least two years and running with his dog friends on Worser Bay beach.
With more than 20 years experience in commercial and quality residential projects in New Zealand, Markus Breitenmoser, Architectural Graduate, Dip Arch (Switzerland) started with HMOA in 1998. Markus’ skills lie in construction detailing, site observation and contract administration skills. He enjoys HMOA’s team approach to working out interesting solutions.
Markus lives with his wife in central Wellington, loving the compact, quirky and multicultural nature of the city. When he’s not relaxing in his holiday home on the Kapiti coast, he enjoys Film Society movies, tramping and international travel.
Key projects: Mt. Victoria House alterations, Wellington (2017); Hair Salon alteration as part of commercial re-strengthening project, Wellington (2017); commercial fashion retail fit-out, Wellington (2016); Willbank House, commercial addition and alteration (2014); Island Bay house alteration, Wellington (2013); Brick cottage rebuild (2013); Breaker Bay House, Wellington (2012); Kelburn House II, Wellington (2007), Northland house extension (2007); Kelburn House I, Wellington (2006); Northland Townhouses, Wellington (2003); Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor, Wellington (2000); Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor, Auckland (2002).
Architectural Graduate, Johanna Griffith enjoys the hands-on approach and variety of work HMOA provides. Experienced in Revit, Photoshop and Sketching, Johanna came straight to our Christchurch studio following her studies at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Architecture. As well as her Masters in Architecture, Jo completed a Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments.
Key projects include Trade Me Christchurch and the Christchurch fit-out for NZ Funds.
Returning home to Christchurch, she lives in Cashmere with her five flatmates and flat-cat, Todd. Jo enjoys knitting, book club, film club and she recently got back into film photography.
Trade Me, Christchurch (2019); Fendalton House restoration (2019); NZ Funds Christchurch (2019-).
Lani van Schreven
Architectural Graduate, Lani van Schreven, has 12 years experience in an architectural practice, initially working for HMOA in the Wellington studio. In 2017, Lani and her partner moved with their young son to Christchurch, and Lani transferred to our Christchurch studio. Lani has been involved with a range of projects from pre-design through to the contract administration and site observation. Prior to joining HMOA, Lani worked for Irving Smith Jack Architects in Nelson.
Lani lives with her family on the Burnham Military Camp, where she loves the amenities and community of camp-life. While she misses Wellington, she says Christchurch is starting to feel like home, and she and her partner are currently building a house in Rolleston.
Hill House (ongoing), Cashmere House EQ Repair (ongoing); Skyline Alterations & Kelburn Northland Medical Centre (2019); Riddiford Pavilion, Lower Hutt (2018); Fendalton Open Air School (2018); Peka Peka House I, Kapiti Coast (2016); Peka Peka House II, Kapiti Coast (2016).
Originally from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Sally Britten, Architectural Graduate, has been with HMOA since 2013. She studied in Brisbane and Melbourne, before moving across the Tasman to be part of the Christchurch rebuild. While at HMOA, Sally has developed her skills in design, construction detailing, detailed design production and Autodesk REVIT for a range of projects including residential new builds, alterations and multi-residential projects. She enjoys the variety her role provides; working across different scales, from the big picture of the urban environment to the small scale of construction details.
Sally and her partner are building a house in the Port Hills, so spare time is also filled with building progress reports and site visits. She hopes to get back to exploring more of the South Island’s network of backcountry huts, on foot or by bike.
St Bedes College Gymnasium Stage 2 (2017); Fendalton House restoration (2017); Sumner House (2016); Rutherford House (2015).
With over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential, Matt Robinson, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, has previously worked on large-scale projects at Plus Architecture, Leuschke Group Architects and RTA Studio, including multiple apartment and hotel developments. Matt aligns his design and technical skills with solid experience in business development and project management—all complemented by an earlier career as a landscape designer. He has a long association with HMOA, as a new graduate he did a stint in the Wellington studio where he gained early training in the modelling software, Revit.
Matt lives with his wife and three children in the Auckland suburb of Westmere. Hailing from a farming family in the Waikato, he loves to escape to the farm, a beach or lake whenever he can.
For Plus Architecture: Pacifica Apartments (2019); Hotels, Ramada Manukau (2019), Ramada Kawarau River (under construction) in Queenstown.
For Leuschke Group: Balfour Apartments high-end development (2013); Edgerley Apartments; Queens Square; Rotorua Police Station; Vinegar Lane multi use development.
For RTA: AUT Design School (2010) and a series of residential projects.
After completing his Bachelor of Architecture in Iran, Hamid Mojtabaei, Architectural Graduate, worked for a practice in Tehran for three years before heading to Malaysia to complete his Masters. Returning to Iran, in 2014 Hamid and his wife decided to start a new life in New Zealand. On arriving in Auckland, Hamid worked for Creative Spaces and The Buchan Group before joining HMOA in 2017.
Hamid recently bought a house in East Auckland. He loves cinema—having studied film for a year in Iran—and has a black belt in taekwondo.
Rose Rd Apartments; Scanlan St house; Mamie St house; Gasometer tower, Buscomb Ave Apartments.
Architectural Graduate, Sid Ohri, grew up in New Delhl and moved to Auckland in 2006 when he was 17. Initially working in hospitality, Sid went on to complete a Bachelor of Architecture at Unitec.
Sid would like to begin the process of becoming a Registered Architect and is also thinking about studying for a Masters in Urban Design. He lives in Auckland's Eastern suburbs and often bikes to the HMOA Parnell studio. Read more about Sid on the blog.
Keith Avenue, a multi-unit residential development; Landscape Rd apartments for Housing NZ; Cape House, Cape Patterson, Victoria.