The Team

Photo of Ian MacdiarmidIan Macdiarmid

Director and Architect

Ian has a great deal of technical experience gained from over 30 years of experience in the architectural field. Before starting our own business he worked in leading architectural practices. Prior to this he ‘learned the ropes’ in several housing companies.  Our clients appreciate Ian’s  listening skills and value his great sense of humour, patience and kindness. In his free time Ian plays a bass called Bella and does true nature Taiji.

Photo of Silke MacdiarmidSilke Macdiarmid

Director and Practice Manager 

Silke believes we can bring happiness into our daily life by helping others and through the way we do business.  She looks after our communications and manages those things large and small that arise in the business. Before setting up the architectural practice with her husband and best friend Ian, she held positions as solicitor in the public, private and voluntary sector. Silke enjoys spending time with friends and True Nature Taiji.  She loves books, beautiful gardens and cooking.  



We are based in the South Island of New Zealand, and regularly deal with clients living in various locations here and around the North Island.  We have experience with clients based in diverse places, such as the United States, Istanbul, Australia, UK, China and Canada.  We use the telephone, Internet, and text for prompt communication.  

We are able to take on projects all sizes because we can also work in partnership with one of the largest practices in the country. 

You can find our Practice on these professional registers:

The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)

New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)



One thought on “The Team

  1. Faye Gorman

    Ian designed the most marvelous and creative plans for a tricky renovation, which was so clever in it’s concept I was truly astounded.
    He ‘problem solved’ all that I had said was not working in the house, and came up with ideas that maximised benefit from every perspective. A spot of genius I thought.
    It has transformed a difficult cottage into living pleasure- and all with my budget in mind.
    Ian and Silke were a pleasure to deal with; great communication, prompt delivery and a positive attitude. Perfect!

    Many thanks.


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