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about us

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.  Our design reflects the philosophy of "ko au te whenua, te whenua ko au" - I am the land, the land is me. 


We believe that architecture is a way of making life better. We have a strong interest in sustainability, wellness and well-being and this is reflected in our design. 

We enjoy working closely with clients to create innovative solutions that draw inspiration from the landscape and local built environment.

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.



Gain professional advice on concept direction and idea development, budgeting and costs, planning and development, timelines and more

Feasibility studies

Our needs and options review will help you avoid project pitfalls and uncover opportunities.


You will be able to understand the challenges and constraints facing your project and will give you a good foundation to proceed with your design work 

Design Services

From conceptual design to consent documentation we offer the full architectural service. We will manage this process for you right through until consent is granted.

Project Management

We can help with pricing the build and establishing the contract. We have several options for involvement in the  contract administration and observation of the construction process. 

OUR team

Victoria Read 


Katie Gunn 

lead designer



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. 


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:

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



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 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.

Ryan  Fothergill

lead designer

Judith Baynton




Why Ryan chose to work in architecture:


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We contracted Aspect Architecture to re-design our Cellar Door and Administration offices. The design was in-line with our brand image and brief and we are incredibly happy with the results. Victoria and her team were very professional, accessible and accommodating. They listened to what was required and added to this while also ensuring all the practical necessities and compliance requirements were dealt within our tight timeframes. I have no hesitation in recommending Aspect Architecture.



​It was a pleasure to work with Vicky on the design of our new home. Vicky is a very talented architect who worked with us to get exactly what we wanted from our new build. She is a consummate professional and you can rely on her to go the extra mile to sort out a problem or work out a design solution for your needs. She works extremely well with council, builders and landscape designers so that from design to completion the process is seamless and enjoyable.  I would not hesitate to recommend her to you.



We moved into our new house last weekend. I just wanted to send you a note to say how delighted we are. It's absolutely beautiful, and practical too.

We think you (and your team) have done a great job. It feels so luxurious to us that we sometimes have the weird feeling of having been transported into a House and Garden magazine. But at the same time it still has the feeling that we wanted of something simple like a tramping hut or cabin. I often think back to the Pinterest images that we put together at the beginning of the design and I think you have captured exactly what we were after.



We are here to help - 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.

Step 1

Download our FREE Project Planning Pack


This pack has all the information you need to plan for your project. 

Step 2

Book in for a Studio Visit

At the visit we will help you understand more about the feasibility of your project and the building process.

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