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Tim Nees

Tim is an experienced and distinguished architect leading his own practice in Christchurch. A year ago he was appointed to the role of Architect in Residence at the University of Canterbury, a part-time role teaching engineering students about architecture, integrated design, and creative collaboration. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Architects, a committee member of the NZIA Canterbury Branch, and last year convened the NZIA Local Canterbury Awards.

Before establishing his own practice in Wellington in 1993, Tim worked for Athfield Architects, gaining valuable experience and contributing to a wide range of buildings. He then established a joint architectural office and contemporary art gallery, New Work Studio, in Cuba Street, becoming well known for his highly crafted private homes and for his advocacy for some of NZ’s leading artists.

In 2013 he shifted his practice to Christchurch. Taking on the role of Architect in Residence has been an enjoyable challenge, and a good fit for his skills. The expression and integration of structure with architecture, and building effective professional relationships, has always been of primary importance in his design approach.

Tim has won many awards for his buildings, including the NZIA National Award for Excellence in Architecture. His buildings can be found in many parts of New Zealand, from Central Otago to Kaiwaka, north of Auckland. He is currently working on residential and commercial projects in and around Christchurch, in Marlborough, and on the Kapiti Coast.

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