Neil Fenwick Architects is a boutique architectural practice that draws upon a broad range of skills and resources to provide functional creative design solutions for a wide variety of projects.
Neil and Tess work in collaboration throughout each project. This is from the formulation of an area brief to building completion and all stages in between. Neil prides himself on impeccable detailing and buildability whilst Tess enjoys the conceptual design stage bringing great ideas to the table whilst simultaneously challenging building ideology and how the users will inhabit a particular building. Together they make a cohesive design team with their strengths reinforcing one another. The practice clientele deal directly with Neil and Tess, thus ensuring a high level of professional and personal service with all the benefits and advantages, plus continuity, throughout their project.
Neil graduated from the University of Auckland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a Registered Architect and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
Following graduation Neil spent a year in Cape Town working on the 1100 bed extension to the Groote Schuur Hospital. This was the beginning of one of his interests, being health care design. Three years of work experience followed in England.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Neil has undertaken work on a large variety of building types and sizes including health, education, commercial, renovations and residential projects. For Neil each working day is stimulating and different. Neil is pragmatic; he enjoys problem solving and finding solutions with the best possible outcome for each project.
Tess graduated in 2012 with a Master of Architecture (Professional) (Second Class Hons) from UNITEC, New Zealand. During her time at UNITEC Tess gained a ‘highly commended’ in the Mt Albert Design Competition (2010), and her thesis project entitled ‘How can Spatial Adaptability in Architecture be improved using Kinetic Design Strategies?’ was chosen as one of twelve finalist for the prestigious New Zealand wide Student Design Awards in 2011.
Since graduating Tess has worked with Neil Fenwick Architects. During an intervening period Tess spent a year working in New York City for a small boutique architecture practice in Union Square. Here, she worked on a nine level single family townhouse on the Upper East Side, and experienced an international scale of architecture. Tess enjoys working at macro and micro scales, from master planning and interiors to the selection of materials, down to the detail of a door handle.
Tess prides herself on her design skills and having the ability to produce high quality, bespoke concepts and ideas that she likes to see through a project to completion. This was proven with her unusual thesis and on the projects she has subsequently worked on.
Tess is detail orientated and is particularly enthused by high quality, interesting materiality and textures, juxtaposition, lighting and the play of light, colours, clean lines, and beautiful buildings and objects.