Our Process

We work in a creative and collaborative studio. Arthouse Architects fosters a team approach for architects and designers that is carried through to our relationships with clients, contractors and consultants. Working collaboratively with landscape architects, sculptors and artists is integral to what we do.

“Our aim is enduring permanent design rather than the transient.”

Context and sustainability are fundamental to our design approach, integrating innovative methods of dealing with passive cooling and heating, natural ventilation, daylight management and energy use. Good design is creative and positive with a poetic quality, yet functional and personal with the client always in mind.

We believe there should be fun in architecture.

The Team

The experience and depth of team at Arthouse ensures all jobs are in safe hands. Our backgrounds are as Registered Architects, Architectural Graduates, Technicians, and support staff. Within this we have specialists in the Medical, Green Building and Interior fields. All members are keeping current with any changes in the industry, including legislation, design principles and product development.

David Wallace, Jorgen Andersen, Rachel Dodd, Brian Riley, Nick Reeve, Marco Romagnoli, Graeme Whimp, Helena Alexander, Anna Wallace, Patrick Avery, Hannah Harrowven, Renée Williamson, Pierre Hammond, Shabz Masomi, Louise Carey, Lico de Ridder, Sybrand de Waal, Louise Seyb, Rebecca Gordon, Chan Bupphanhakun and Karina Miller.



Jorgen Andersen

Originally from Christchurch, Jorgen has been a Director at Arthouse since April 2008 and brings 10 years’ experience in residential, commercial and sporting/community projects to the practice. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Jorgen is interested in creating spaces that enrich people’s lives and respond contextually to site and user specific parameters.

Jorgen enjoys working collaboratively with a project team and following design ideas through a project, from overall concepts to fine detail and integrating structural, services and joinery requirements into his projects to create comprehensive design solutions for clients.

Jorgen’s projects have been published nationally and received New Zealand Institute of Architecture and Commercial Project Awards. Jorgen has been a trustee of the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, Secretary for the Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Architects and has been a guest critic at both Wellington and Auckland Architecture Schools.


David Wallace

David Wallace is a founding member of Arthouse Architects. He has over 30 years of work experience and his work spans commercial, educational, tourism and residential projects. Always involved in local affairs David is currently on the Nelson and Tasman Urban design Panel. He has been a strong advocate of environmental approaches to lighting, heating and ventilating and used the Elma Turner Library Project in 1988 as an opportunity to work with Victoria University in developing natural systems.

These principles were further developed in the extensions to the same building in 2005. The development of projects like the Moutere Hills Community Centre, Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre and the Richmond Library have been lead by David and have involved much user group consultation. His listening, negotiating, and people skills contribute to positive solutions.

David is passionate about the future of Nelson and continues to be involved in urban design issues such as the Nelson Design Workshop and the Nelson 2020 project.


Rachel Dodd

After working in Christchurch and London, Rachel moved to Nelson in 2004. While in London she worked for Hurley Robertson and Associates for three years on a number of large scale mixed use developments, including phase three of the Greenwich Millennium Village. This flagship urban development scheme aimed to set new standards for environmentally sustainable development with emphasis on local ecology systems.

After arriving in Nelson she has been involved with a series of residential, commercial and community projects, including master plans for a number of proposed local developments.

Rachel joined Arthouse Architects at the start of 2010 and became a director in October 2014. Rachel brings with her an appreciation of how good design can create great communities. Her enthusiasm for collaborative problem solving and an inclusive approach to all aspects of her work helps ensure good working relationships between clients, consultants and contractors.