© 2018 Aspect Architecture

WHAT WE DO

We are Wairarapa's leading architecture firm specialising in bespoke lifestyle projects including new houses, winery restaurants & tourism developments

At Aspect Architecture we are passionate about the Wairarapa and the landscape we live in. We believe that architecture is a synthesis of social, environmental and architectural qualities .

 

We enjoy working closely with clients to create innovative solutions that draw inspiration from the landscape and local built environment. We have a strong interest in sustainability, wellness and well-being and this is reflected in our design.

​Aspect Architecture offers a full architectural service from conceptual design ideas, through to consent documentation and contract observation and administration. We are able to be involved in all stages of the design and construction process. 

Our familiarity with the local environment and proven experience working with local councils and construction firms means you get the best advice and best design solution for your needs.

We love to keep it local and work throughout the Wairarapa - including Martinborough, Greytown, Featherston, Carterton, and Masterton.

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WHO WE ARE

Victoria Read 

director

Qualifications:

Registered Architect

B.Arch (Hons), B.Com (Tourism)

Why Victoria chose to work in architecture:

I am passionate about contributing positively to our built environment – architecture is about people and I really enjoy working collaboratively through the complexities of a project towards a building that will enhance the lives of those who use it.

Inspiration:

I am inspired by the New Zealand landscape. I am inspired by architecture that reflects the natural and cultural environment and adds to the built landscape in a positive way. I love architecture that makes you feel good inside.

Favourite building:

Kastrup Sea Bath in Denmark – a perfect example of architecture that reflects the built history and natural landscape in a modern and innovative way. The sea bath is an amazing gift to the Danish people. 

Interests outside of work:

Travel, cooking, spending time with family and friends, walking, photography and yoga. 

Katie Gunn 

lead designer

Stefan Beconcini 

lead designer

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Architectural Studies - Architecture

Bachelor of Arts - Art History & Media Studies

Why Katie chose to work in architecture:

I love the built form, how we intersect with it, how it interacts with the environment and how we can create, manipulate and facilitate great architecture that enhances lives and the world. If I boil it right down it is because I am passionate about good design.

Inspiration:

Inspiration is everywhere, in the weather worn baches on Wairarapa's wild coasts to the hi-tech highly efficient new office buildings of Wellington. The timber structures of Scandinavia to the small and minimal, yet perfectly proportioned  houses of Japan.

Favourite building:

I adore Todd Saunders Fogo Island artist retreats. I find Peter Zumphor's St. Benedict Chapel. so inspiring for its ability to be modern yet reflect the traditions it comes from. Closer to home I love the hut inspirations of many NZ baches, including the Cardron Hut by RTA Studio and the  Hut on Sleds by Crossan Architects.

Interests outside of work:

Wellness is a big part of my life outside of Architecture.  My spare time is filled with exercise, cooking, getting outdoors - skiing in Winter and camping in Summer - drinking good wine with friends and most of all spending time with family.

Qualifications:

B.Arch (Hons), B.socSc

Why Stefan chose to work in architecture:

I really enjoy the creative process of designing and interpreting the client's aspirations, it energises me and motivates me, I love the challenge of every project and the opportunity to innovate. I'm passionate about architecture, beautifully crafted design and sustainability. I believe that the role of architecture is enhance the human condition and truly contribute to wellness.
 

Inspiration:

I am inspired the landscape, the beauty of natural materials and how humans inhabit the space. My aim is to design spaces with soul that foster wellness and feel great.

Favourite building:

So many it's hard to choose one...I love Scandinavian and Japanese architecture, the way they use natural materials & how they beautifully craft them to create incredible spaces that perfectly fit with the natural surroundings really inspires me.

Interests outside of work:

Spending time with family and friends, kiteboarding, surfing and cooking a good Italian meal for the people I love.

Johanna Whitemann 

lead designer

Qualifications:

Advanced Diploma Building Design, BCA (Animation).

Why Johanna chose to work in architecture:

The whole creative process. Designing to make a positive impact on the environment and creating liveable spaces. Being able to bring a vision to life.

Inspiration:

Landscape. Natural environments. Creating a connection with the outdoors.

Favourite building:

There are too many to pick from. I am drawn to Scandinavian architecture, but also appreciate architectural history. I love buildings that embrace the structure and that work with the environment.

Interests outside of work:

Skiing. Travelling. Photography. Making furniture. Rock climbing.

Zoe Bartlett 

studio manager

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science, Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Why Zoe chose to work in architecture:

After a long time of working in FMCG sales, I wanted a change of scene. I have always admired design and architecture, how it adapts based on environment, but also culturally to fit lifestyle. Learning about how architecture can enhance well-being is fascinating and insightful.

Favourite building:

There are so many lovely buildings, elements that I like for different reasons. I like buildings that make sense to the people that use it and the environment they are in. I love modern design, but also love buildings of days gone by. I love design that doesn’t date but creates a mark in time.

Interests outside of work:

Hanging with family and friends; Giving sporty things a whirl and keeping fit. Travelling and exploring places; baking (although not always successful) and drinking wine.

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