Brick Bay Folly


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Congratulations to our students - Seth, Annaliese and Mishori who are finalists in this years Brick Bay Folly with their entry "Shifting Cultivation"

Shifting Cultivation seeks to unearth and expose the process that is required to develop previously fertile and arable land into sites suitable for cheap mass housing. Concrete pipes reference the endless kilometres of stormwater and blackwater infrastructure sunk into the ground in the first stage of land-use conversion, while also representing a scar in the hillside as the man-made structures plough through the land. The spacing and positioning of the pipes replicates and advocates for increased density as the housing moves closer to the larger centres.

For more information, click the link below

Merry Christmas Everyone!


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We can't wait to escape!

Our office will closed from 12 noon 23rd December and we are back on the 11th January.

Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday season.

From the team - Jann, Sharron, Liz, Emma, Seth, Mishori and Nicola.

Job Vacancy


We have a position available for a motivated, design focussed Architect with at least five years residential experience. Ideally the candidate will be registered or working towards registration.

You will be working as part of an innovative and energetic team. Your responsibilities will include taking projects from concept stage through to contract administration.

You will potentially lead a small team including a technician and graduate architect. You will have excellent Archicad skills, thorough knowledge of NZ building codes, a keen interest in resolving complex details and the ability to produce documentation quickly and accurately.

Please send your CV with examples of your work as well as an explanation of your project involvement to:

All applicants must have NZ experience and be eligible to work in New Zealand.

7 Homestar Design Rating


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This bach at Bayley's Beach has achieved a 7 Homestar Design Rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council. Designed by Max Kostiuk-Warren, the bach had a strong focus on thermal comfort and efficient space heating while maintaining an elegantly simple aesthetic. Although the requirement to achieve a Homestar rating was not part of the initial project brief, it effortlessly achieved a 7 Homestar Design Rating within the required framework prior to commencing construction on site.

COVID update


Following lockdown, we are now all happy to be back in the office. We look forward to resuming a more normal working life and being able to meet our clients face to face.



Due to Covid-19, our office is closed, however we are all working from home.

You can contact us on 09 238 9459 - messages will be picked up daily.


Thanks, and stay safe.

Continuing Professional Development


It been a busy month in the office for our team - keeping up to date with latest products and continuing professional development.

Elizabeth has completed the Homestar Assessor course through the New Zealand Green Building Council. For more info on this go to

Jann and Emma have attended a weathertight Concrete course run by Concrete NZ Inc. and Sharron and Seth are heading to a Timber seminar.

Welcome to 2020


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With Happy New Year already a memory, we are looking ahead to an exciting year in 2020 with some great projects getting underway in design and constructions stages. We're hoping to get out and photograph projects that finished in 2019 to share with you.

Christmas Shutdown


Ho ho ho.... its that time of year again!

Please note that our office will be closed from midday on 20th December and re-open on the 6th January.

Sponsors Rally Day


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Hurley Architects is proud to sponsor Ben Hunt motorsport, and as a result, were able to offer a couple of our clients an awesome rally experience!

Festival of Architecture


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As part of the Festival of Architecture, we are holding an "open office" this Saturday from 11am - 1pm. This is a chance to see what Architecture is all about, meet the team and even discuss any upcoming projects you may have.

There is also a walking tour of Pukekohe's iconic heritage buildings from 10am - 12pm. To register for the walking tour, or to find out more about the festival, click on the link below.

Home Show


Last week Jann spent four days at the Auckland Home Show, speaking with prospective clients and visiting all that the show had to offer. A great opportunity to network and learn about new and exisiting products.

Hermpac Visit


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The team left me alone in the office today, and went to visit one of our suppliers - HERMPAC ( who are based in Silverdale. They thoroughly enjoyed the factory tour, learning more about the range and processes involved for cedar and other premium timber products. Apparently the lunch afterwards was pretty good too!

Its mid-winter!


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What better way to celebrate than with a mid-winter Christmas dinner!

Today we went to a local restaurant - SAKURA. Interesting, quirky place. We were treated to several courses (I actually lost count) of Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese master chef and owner Masa.

In:Situ 2019 - NZIA Conference


Held every 2 years, in:situ is an opportunity for architects, graduates, students and interested members of the public to be inspired, to learn and to share in some of the best new architectural thinking.

This year it was held at the Spark Arena from 12-16 February. All our staff had the opportunity to attend the conference and they've come back inspired and ready to bring their ideas to your next project!

For more information, please click the following link:

Happy New Year!


We're back from our Christmas shutdown and ready to launch into some exciting new Projects!

Reflecting on last year, we have projects in various stages covering much of the North Island - Waihi Beach, Whangamata, Whitianga, Pauanui, Tapeka Point (Northland), Baylys Beach, Kinloch, Northcote, Glendowie, Mangere Bridge, Karaka, Ramararama, Bombay and of course Pukekohe!

We also welcome Seth Schanzer. Seth has been working for us since June on a casual basis as he completed his Masters at Auckland University. He has now joined us full-time as an Architectural Graduate.

Christmas Shutdown


Please note that our office will be closed from midday Friday 21st December and re-opening on Monday 7th January.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Roof Shout


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One of the perks of being the architects of so many notable homes in the area is the invitations to notable Roof Shouts. On this rainy evening our clients and hosts were eager to show us through the framed, but yet to be lined spaces, which seem to endlessly expand beyond generous glazing and into the rural surrounds of their property. Here builders, contractors, designers and owners were all brought together in the splendour of the completed roof and exterior walls - both clad in a modern E-Span with features of Cedar to soffits and highlighted walls. The mood is, the clients are very pleased and looking forward to - albeit, slightly daunted by - the process of the selections of fixtures and fittings for their home. Not to worry, Hurley Architects are happy to make recommendations and connect our clients with the best interiors and lighting specialists in the industry.

Treated to a beer or two and fulfilled clients, we return in high spirits to the attentions of our other clients about to embark on their own exciting builds.

Down the Line


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Member of Hurley Architects were invited by Lei Escobar, Key Account Manager at James Hardie New Zealand for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at the James Hardie production lines in Penrose, which supply us some of our favourite James Hardie Products like Linea™ Weatherboard, Stria™ Cladding and Villaboard Linings, to name a few.

The tour gave us insight into the commitment of James Hardie to adhere to high safety standards for staff (and visitors too, as the photo shows) and their strives to becomes increasingly sustainable through recycling and re-use schemes, while balancing their production schedules which run throughout the year - practically non-stop.

Tours like this, give us the opportunity to meet with key industry contacts to regularly exchange information about trends and upcoming products as well as learn more about the nature of products, quality testing which is conducted on site and product lead times to give our clients a more comprehensive service - and the chance to wear more fluro...

The Importance of Being Earnest


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A social matter close to our hearts, is the welfare and well being of our local community's kids, who for whatever reason have been dealt a rough hand at life and are overcoming these obstacles with resilience and strength. Last year Hurley Architects were in the fortunate position to offer funding to Special Children's Christmas Parties across the country, who work closely with hundreds of charities, schools, community groups and government organisations throughout New Zealand to select these special children. The children invited suffer from life threatening illnesses, physical and intellectual impairment, domestic violence, or live in underprivileged circumstances.

These kiwi kids are treated to a day of celebrity stage shows, fun rides, interactive games, plenty of yummy food, face painting and many more fun activities including the highlight of the day - meeting Santa, where they are given some awesome toys to call their own!

To find out how you can help, call Darren Bailey on 0508 722 769.

As Seen In Ze Inspired Magazine


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Be sure to check out the showcase of one of our latest completed projects - Totara House - which features in the March 2018 Edition of Ze Magazine. Totara House, so named because of the dense Totara forest to the North, is comprised of three pavilions which cleverly (and seemingly simplistically) step down with the slope of the site. Each pavilion is given a distinct purpose, which help establish the codes of the home - Living spaces at the core to take advantage of the Western sun, with an axis created by gathering spaces to the North and quiet private space to the South. Use of white exposed structural elements combined with stack bonded concrete block and irregular vertically clad Cedar help to both define the building on the site and conceal it amongst its native backdrop.

Hurley Architects are known locally for designs of the highest quality and a attentiveness to client and site constraints, to find out more about our work click here.

Hurley Architects launches on Instagram!


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Hey Readers. Did you know Hurley Architects now has an established presence on Instagram? Now you can follow your favourite architects and designers through the exciting and dynamic world of architecture - on site and in the design office! Be sure to check it out on Instagram using the user handle @hurleyarchitects and show your support by giving us a follow or a like!

Inspiration: Roly Adams


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This weekend marked an iconic residence up for sale in Kohimarama, whose architect - Roly Adams - served as both a mentor to a newly registered Jann Hurley and an inspiration to Nickolas Morris on an upcoming build designed with post-modernist principles in mind. The building, clad in vertical timber elements and expressed with grey exposed beam connections to the outside makes a fitting partner to the leafy suburbs, with trees manicured about the property as though they were bonsai. Inside, surprise splashes of colour (a bold orange garage personnel door) and quirky mosaic tiling to Bathrooms and Kitchen serve as a palette from which to gather ideas for a modern twist on post-modernism. Nickolas looks forward to the start of the build scheduled for early May 2018.

A Seat at the Meet, Greet & Eat


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The 2018 ArchiPro event is one of the highlights of the year for New Zealand's architecture and design industry. It's an opportunity to bring ArchiPro's audiences together for a night of champagne, canapés and desserts offering a new level of engagement for key suppliers, professionals and homeowners.

The event is an exclusive opportunity for us to meet with some of New Zealand’s best builders, product suppliers and potential clientele in one room at one time, discussing big plans and finding suppliers who can help realise our vision. Meeting professionals in a relaxed environment to discuss projects, gauge the interest of the crowd and get a feel for their personalities was all part of the nights fun.



We're back at work after a nice warm Christmas break - looking forward to getting stuck into all our projects.

Christmas Party


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On Friday 1st December we had an enjoyable afternoon at Karioitahi Beach with a few rounds of Pistol Shooting at Castaways followed by a delicious lunch at Agave Restaurant. Top shooter award goes to Jann!

Christmas Hours


Christmas is fast approaching.....

Please note that our last day is Thursday 21st December (closing at midday) and we will be open again on Monday 8th January.

Pukekohe architect reflects on 25 years in the industry


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Emelyn McHardy of Franklin County News Dec 5 2017 reports:

Computer drawings and 3-D models are now standard in the architecture world, but Pukekohe architect Jann Hurley started with only the essentials.

"I first started with a pencil, paper and ruler," Hurley said.

Now, the director of Hurley Architects can give her clients a BIN model, which lets them walk around the house without it even being built.

"The BIM model is a 3-D model of the house that the clients can look at with a VR headset on," she said.

BIM stands for building information management and was one of the new changes in architecture that Hurley had adopted to best present information to people she worked with. Another change for Hurley was a change of location, her new offices can be found at 8c Roulston St in Pukekohe.

"We were looking for a building with some character, so we certainly got that here, with the steel stained windows and the concrete walls ... and there's always good light, but mainly character," she said.

"This was the best option for what we were looking for in terms of character, we didn't want to be in a generic office building."

Hurley has seen many changes in the industry happen over time.

"There's been a lot, it's constantly changing, which is one of the challenges," she said

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Welcome Emma


Today we welcome Emma Fell who is joining us for 3 months. Emma is a student at Victoria University and has just completed her 4th year - she is working towards a Master of Architecture (Professional) qualification.

Office Celebration


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Thanks to all of those who came to our office celebration last Friday. An enjoyable evening was had my all. It was great to meet many of you and I know that Jann enjoyed catching up with clients past and present. Here's to another 25 years!

Check out the before and after office picture.

Office Celebration!


On Friday 17th November from 4-6pm we are having an "office shout" to celebrate the opening of our new office and commemorate 25 years in the architecture business.

We are inviting all clients - past and present so if you would like to come along and have not yet received your invitaiton, please contact Nicola.

@karakalife Housewarming


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Our team were invited out to the house warming of the @karakalife’s recently completed build. The clients were excited to share how smoothly the process was, from design right through to completion and look forward to getting settled in their new home. Inspired by the clients roles in marketing, the name @karakalife is derived from the Instagram account of the clients, which follws the progression of the build in a detailed almanac of photography and videos. In 2017, Hurley Architects also launched their Instagram presence at @hurleyarchitects!

Well done Ray!


As part of his own professional development, Ray has just completed a "COBie As-Designed" course from the University of Florida. COBie stands for "Construction, Operation & Building info exchange". This is a 6 month, self paced online learning course which Ray completed in his own time.

Graduate Development


Recently Nickolas, Max and Marischka went on a course to get an introduction into the registration process of becoming a Registered Architect. The course gave them some great ideas and enthusiasm about pursuing a career as a Registered Architect as the speakers, from a variety of practices imparted their knowledge and experience on our young graduates. Our clients can begin to take advantage of the new skill sets our three graduates have brought back from this course and the the extended capacity for services Hurley Architects can provide.

Congratulations Liz!


Well done to Liz who has given birth to a daughter called Isabelle. We wish Liz and Simon all the best with their new role as 1st time parents!

Liz on Maternity Leave


Liz is now on maternity leave - we wish her well with the birth of her fist child and this new phase of life!

Taking over Liz's projects, we welcome Sharron Piner who joins us as as a Senior Project Leader. Sharron comes with over 25 years experience in the construction industry in both the residential and light commercial sectors.

New Staff Member


Today we welcome Nickolas Morris as a Senior Architectural Technician. Nick brings 5 years of experience in the retail/commercial sector. When not in the gym, you will find him in and around Pukekohe looking for his first home.

Town House Development


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Changes to density rules under the unitary plan open up more possibilities for residential development. We have worked on a project recently over two adjacent quarter acre sections. We're excited to be involved in an intensive development offering residents choices beyond the single level brick and tile unit we've seen much of, which in the current climate fails to reach the full potential of a site. We can also incorporate home star assessments into our designs to meet Special Housing Area requirements.

We are on the move!


On Monday 10th April, we will be moving into new premises.

Our new address is:

1st Floor, 8 Roulston St, Pukekohe

(this is the masonic building on the corner of Roulston St and Massey Ave).

We have been renovating the new offices over the last few months and are looking forward to moving in and having more space!

NZIA Conference


Earlier this month a number of our employees went along to the NZIA In:situ conference in Auckland.

It was a moving and inspiring event with speakers from all over the world who integrated both the physical and theoretical practices of architecture.

Their work ranged from a conservative nature, to those who took risks and tried to break the norm, finding ways to sustain communities, encourage medium density housing and the carefree lifestyle.

Here is a link to the speakers - I hope that it will spark your interest as much as it did ours -

Marischka Now Full Time!


Marischka Lieshout has now finished her studies and joins us as a full-time member of staff. Marischka has been with us on a part-time basis now since December 2013. We look forward to having her on board full-time as she continues to develop her skills and experience.

Christmas Hours


Its coming up to that time of year again!

Our office will be closed from Wednesday 21st December from midday and re-opening on Monday 9th Jan 2017.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish all our clients a happy and safe festive season.

BRANZ Roofing Seminar


Members of the design team attended the BRANZ Answers seminar on membrane roofing last week. The seminar was well presented and attended by a wide cross section of architects/builders and related trades. Membrane roofing has maintained a reputation for being complex and prone to failure. Low and zero sloped roofs do not allow rainfall to move as quickly away from the roof surface as compared to traditional pitched roof constructions. The aesthetic counterpoint to this however is that traditional pitched roofs dominate the geometry of a building above its walls. Well constructed membrane roof surfaces allow the designer greater flexibility to design outside the form required for pitched roofs. Apart from a...

Max is now a Homestar Assessor


This means that Max can now assess and certify homes for a Homestar rating. For more information visit

Welcome Natasha Hutcheon


Natasha now joins us two days a week. She completed her Master of Architecture in London, through the University of Auckland. After graduating she worked at Jasmax for a couple of years and gained valuable experience on large scale projects in the commercial sector. She has since taken time out to start her family is now living in Mangatangi with her husband and two young boys.

Welcome Ray Mira


Ray has joined us from Manila in the Philippines. He brings to the company detailed technical knowledge of Archicad as well as residential and commercial documentation experience. Ray has previously worked in the UK and USA. He is now settling into New Zealand life with his wife and looks forward to exploring more of the country when it stops raining!

Welcome Henry Mullaly


Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Henry married a kiwi girl and lives in Mangatawhiri with his wife and three young children. He completed is Bachelor of Architecture degree at Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently working toward Architectural Registration. He has a commercial/specialist infrastructure planning background and an interest in urban/town planning/socially responsible housing.



Max has attended the NZ green Building Council Homestar practitioner course this week. We look forward to being able to offer you a Homestar rating on your new home design.

Welcome Nicola Griffiths


Nicola is joining us as our first Office Manager! She is currently working 3 days per week. Originally from South Taranaki, she now lives in Pukekohe with her husband and two children. She has varied experience in accounts, payroll and office admin and has worked in several different industries mostly in Auckland and London.

Welcome Max Kostiuk-Warren


We are please to welcome Max Kostiuk-Warren as a full time staff member. Max has finished his M.Arch(prof) degree at the Unitec School of Architecture, having started it in Wellington. We are going to make great use of his awesome presentation and design skills.

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards


The House for a Grower, featured elsewhere on our website, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Resene Timber Design Awards for Residential Architectural Excellence. Credit must go to Damian's careful attention to detail at the documentation stage, continued by builder John Cocks of Precision Builders in the construction phase, as well of course to a wonderful client who entrusted to us the challenge of delivering an awesome design.

Welcome Charmaine


We are excited to welcome Charmaine Hyland to our team. Charmaine has extensive experience across all aspects of architectural practice, including commercial design and interiors. She is returning to work in the Franklin area, where hope to put her skills to great use, extending our practice services into the commercial area.

Houses Magazine


We are on the cover of Houses magazine autumn issue, as well as inside of course with some great shots of the Brae Barn kitchen. Thanks A&A for your efforts in making your home available and having the house look so great for the photos.

Welcome Liz


We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Honey to our practice, Elizabeth joins us from Koia Architects in Parnell. Now that she is living on a dairy farm in Bombay she's looking forward to less time on the motorway and we are looking forward to bringing you more design flair combined with practical knowledge for your rural home project.

Green Star


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Jann Hurley Architect Ltd is now a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council. Jann has recently passed the Green Star Accredited Professional exam. We can now offer Green Star Design services and take your project through the certification process. We are looking forward to getting involved in our first certification submission for a project underway in South Auckland.

Brae Barn


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This fantastic new home was handed over to the clients today. A mix of industrial and rural architecture this home has exceeded even our expectations. We'll load more pictures when the landscaping has been established.

Master Builders Awards 2012


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A Whitianga canals home designed by Jann Hurley Architect and built by Ascension Homes won a Gold Award and the Lifestyle Award in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards for 2012.

Master Builders House of the Year | 3 Gold Awards in 2009 | 3 Awesome Builders | 1 Architect


Every successful project is the result of good communication between the client, the architect and the builder. We take time to listen to your individual needs and solve design problems with creative solutions that enhance your lifestyle. Click here to view the three award-winning homes...

Hand-crafted Ararimu Home wins Gold at Master Builders Home of the Year awards


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Building a home on a windy, four-acre block requires a certain amount of planning. To take advantage of the rural outlook, the ideal scenario is to have the main living spaces and bedrooms oriented towards the view with, access to a large outdoor living area. But how do you provide adequate shelter from the elements? And what sort of structure will suit a rural section that is partly covered in bush? Click here to read more...

Also featured on Garland Builders website here.