Director, Principal Registered Architect
John has always loved ‘making’ and improving people’s experience. To see and experience the product of his work has always appealed. John loves to question, see things differently, explore ideas and reveal hidden opportunity.
He says the design and creative process is intuitive and the feelings and emotions it triggers are universally felt. His work has introduced him to some great people and wonderful places. He loves that Architects can make a living by how they think about things, and how this leads to solid, long lasting work.
Outside of Architecture, John is passionate about family, health, travel, and golf. His love for Liverpool Football Club is a genetic malaise.
Sheldon got his first job drafting at the age of 16. He’s always had an interest in supporting people and helping others achieve their goals. He says he’s been fortunate to always have the best support and influence when it comes to the profession. In a way, it’s about making them proud.
Allowing others to construct memories in the spaces that he helps them create. That, paired with a love for art and design, has led him here.
Sheldon specialises in creating a relationship between context and person through a collaborative design-led approach. He employs allegory, which is a story that has an underlying meaning meant to teach us something.
He holds a huge amount of pride in the things he does. At Abri, he has found a supportive environment with people that share a common goal. The best thing about this for him is the opportunity and responsibility to grow.
Gabriella has always been interested in the environment we occupy, and feels very much inspired by the richness of culture experienced while travelling abroad. Seeing the advanced sustainable design practices in countries such as Germany, where she studied for her Master of Architecture (Professional), motivated a passion for sustainable design and modern building technology.
Working with clients to create spaces that people want to be in and around is important to Gabriella. The problem-solving, communication, and coordination aspects of working with various people on different projects she finds engaging.She says the best thing about working for Abri is how we treat design as a collaborative process and use creative thinking to approach each unique project with an open mind.
Outside of work, she is slowly renovating her own property and spending time making it feel like home. She has always been into various forms of dancing and used to compete in rhythmic gymnastics, but these days you can find her taking ballet or yoga classes in her spare time.
From an early age, Harry found joy in the creative disciplines. He soon came to understand that creativity can serve much more than art alone. He became driven to develop his creative skills in a way that could serve greater purposes and actively improve people’s lives. Ultimately, this led him to Architecture.
He enjoys being a part of the process that nurture’s the aspirations of the client toward the best possible solutions – one that caters to their needs. While also providing a healthy and heartening built environment for the users to thrive in.
At Abri, the has found an enthusiastic team of forward-thinking designers and a supportive and open-minded working environment. He considers it a privilege to be working alongside workmates who share constructive values and goals, both in professional and personal life.
Harry is passionate about improving New Zealand’s built environment and aspires to contribute to the critical movement toward sustainable and high-performing architecture.
He enjoys exploring the integration of building systems and structure, while engaging strategies specific to enhancing the lived experience of the space and place. Outside of architecture, his passions lie in various fields of art and in the raw wilderness of nature.
Naomi finds the context behind the site and building fascinating, and she enjoys the problem-solving that comes with analysing each site.
Coming up with a unique solution that will improve the environment in that location is what it’s all about for Naomi.
She can also get excited about gardening and great cups of English Breakfast tea!!