Based in the Welington studio, Max Herriot, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, founded the practice with John Melhuish in 1997 as Herriot + Melhuish Architecture. Prior to HMA, Max had his own business, Max Herriot Design. From 1984-1988, he worked for a London based practice, Michael Aukett Associates. Max has a broad experience across a range of building types including commercial building refurbishments, hospitality projects, commercial fit outs, and more recently larger scale commercial campus projects including the Vogel Integrated Campus and the Bowen Integrated Campus. His focus has been on initial design concepts, design development, through to coordination of documentation, with a specific interest in detail as well as structural solutions, providing a connection to his engineering background. Max grew up in Wellington’s Eastbourne Bays. A keen sportsman, he played basketball for New Zealand and is now a regular in the K2 and Lake Taupo Cycling Challenges. He lives in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore, when not escaping to the Kapiti Coast beach house he co-owns with friends.
Key Projects: Project Director for: Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Auckland (2014); Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Wellington (2012); Westpac Regional Stadium Team Change Facilities and Deloitte Clubroom Upgrade, Wellington (2012-2013); Design Architect for: St Bede’s College Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2010); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007); VUW Recreation Centre, Wellington (2006); Vogel Integrated Campus, Wellington (2006); Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor Auckland (2002); New Zealand Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Wellington (2000); Silverscreen Productions/Oktober, Wellington (2000).
John Melhuish, NZ Registered Architect, FNZIA, manages the Wellington studio with Max Herriot. Prior to co-founding Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 1997, John worked for a decade for one of New Zealand’s most high profile practices, Athfield Architects. Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015) was a mentor; his design philosophy and studio culture is an ongoing inspiration for the practice. John has both led and worked within large and diverse project teams, with a focus on achieving the best quality through the co-ordination and collaboration of other design disciplines. John has extensive experience in a wide range and scale of projects and a particular interest in the contemporary adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. He believes in a strong emphasis on the craft of detail throughout the design process. John is currently Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council for BRANZ, was a member of the Wellington City Council Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Wellington Waterfront from 2005-2011 and a member of NZIA Council from 2009-2014. A Napier Boys High School old boy, John played hockey for New Zealand from 1981 to1986, is now a proud hockey-Dad, avid trail-runner and occasional surfer. He lives in Strathmore, Wellington.
Key Projects: Project Director for: TSB Arena Refurbishment, Wellington (2015- ); NZX Fit-Out, Wellington (2014-15); Soltius NZ Office Fit-Outs, Wellington + Auckland (2011-2014); 3 Queens Wharf Refurbishment, Wellington (2012); VUW Rec Centre Refurbishment (2006); City Chambers Refurbishment(2004); Silverscreen, Wellington and Auckland; 10 Cambridge Tce, Wellington; Design Architect for: Newmarket Railway Station (with Opus), Auckland (2010); Devonport Navy Museum (with Opus), Auckland (2011); Maori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010); Freyberg Building Refurbishment, Wellington (2010); 119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington 2007; VUW Theatre and Film Refurbishment (2007); City Chambers Refurbishment, Wellington (2003); Silverscreen Productions, Wellington (2000); New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Wellington (2000); 10 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington (1998); Project Architect (for Athfield Architects): VUW Student Union Building (1989).
Duval O'Neill, NZ Registered Architect; ANZIA, manages the Christchurch studio. Duval joined Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 2002, working on both commercial and residential projects. In January 2005, the pull home to the mainland became too much so Duval established the Christchurch studio where he quickly established strong relationships within the Canterbury construction sector, and acquired a strong portfolio of committed clients, including St Bedes College. Duval became an Associate with HMA in 2005 and a Director in 2007. He was lead architect on the Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011), a finalist in the 2013 Home of the Year. Prior to HMOA, in 1996 Duval worked in architectural practices in London on a range of large-scale urban regeneration projects, commercial developments and quality roof-top housing developments. Back in New Zealand in 2000, he worked with Stephenson and Turner (NZ) Ltd on large-scale commercial projects where he became an Associate. Proudly born and bred in Southland, Duval lives in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant but regularly explores Central Otago on both his mountain bike and skis. Read a Q&A with Duval on our blog.
Key projects: O’Neill House, Christchurch (2016); St Bedes College Gymnasium stage 2,(2014 - current) St Bede’s College Brodie Classrooms Refurbishment, Christchurch (2011); St Bede’s College Master Planning, Christchurch (2012 - current); St Bedes College Wearmouth Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2011); Les Mills Gymnasium, Christchurch (2011 - 2012); Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant, Christchurch (2013); Kathmandu NZ Headquarters, Christchurch (2013); Gloucester Street Apartments refurbishment, Christchurch (2011 - current); Rutherford House Rebuild, Christchurch (2013 - current); Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011).
Matt Pearson, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, runs the Auckland studio, with John and Max regularly travelling between all the three centres. As well as his own architectural projects, Matt is well connected to all sectors of the building industry. On graduating from Auckland University in 1990, he bought a ute and a drop-saw and started his own development projects, initially designing and building small houses in his childhood home of Manurewa, before moving onto complex buildings including apartment blocks in the Auckland ‘city fringe’. In between his own developments, in 1998 Matt worked in London for SKF Architects. Matt joined Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects in 2016. He lives with his young family in Newmarket, but thrives on the surf in Raglan where he spends many weekends.
Key Projects: Designer of Epsom Central Apartment on Manukau Rd (2016). Designer and Project Manager for Momentum Apartments on College Hill Freemans Bay (2013-14) Designer and Builder of Deeney House, Remuera (2005). Designer and Builder of 25 Cheshire Street Apartments (2001-2). Designer and Builder of 2 Atarangi Rd Apartments (1998).
Representing HMOA in the Bay of Plenty, Jenny Duck, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, was part of our Christchurch team for five years before moving north to Tauranga in 2016. She initially continued to do project work for us, establishing the Tauranga studio in 2018. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jenny began her career as an architectural draughtsperson, crafting her trade in the residential field in Christchurch. She gained a strong grounding in CAD modelling and documentation and enjoyed the challenge of residential new builds and alterations on the Port Hills. In 2008 Jenny returned home to Wellington to attend Victoria University where she completed her Bachelor of Architecture. Jenny fitted her architectural career in around an equally impressive sporting one, she represented New Zealand in hockey for over ten years. Highlights included competing at a World Cup, being part of the bronze medal-winning New Zealand team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and attending the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. In Tauranga, Jenny has the skills and resources of the wider HMOA team to work across both commercial and residential projects, with directors regularly travelling to the Bay. In particular, she works closely with our Auckland studio, just two and a half hours drive away. Read more about Jenny.
Wilson House (2017); Gloucester Street Apartments (2016); O’Neill House (2016); Thompson House (2015); Johnstone House (2015); Rutherford House (2015); Scott House, Oamaru (2015); Walshe EQ Repairs (2014); St Bedes College Masterplanning (2014); Sala Sala Restaurant (2013); St Bedes Changing Rooms, Christchurch (2013).
Nic Sewell, Registered Architect, ANZIA, moved back to his hometown of Christchurch in 2011 after travelling and working in Europe. Experienced in all facets of the design and construction process, Nic has a strong interest in sustainability and a hands-on approach to construction and building technology. He worked on experimental building projects in Portugal, Denmark and Belgium and attended short courses on alternative construction and energy systems in Wales and Germany. After graduating from Auckland University, Nic moved to Nelson and worked with a local practice on a range of institutional and residential projects that fostered a practical and direct approach to project development. Nic lives with his wife and two young sons in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon. He loves snowboarding, has spent seasons at resorts in Canada and Austria, and enjoys exploring the clubbies and backcountry in Canterbury (when the kids allow). Nic is a keen cyclist who also volunteers with Christchurch’s RAD Bikes, read more on the blog.
Project Architect: St Bedes College Gym (2017); UC Kirkwood Student Accommodation (2016); Durham Boarding Fit-out (2015 & 2014); St Bedes College Masterplanning (2012-2016), Sala Sala Restaurant (2013), Christchurch; Design and Construction: Makväkart Attic Cinema, Denmark (2011), Alambique and Casa Luna Restoration, Portugal (2010).
Like the other HMOA Associates, Corey McMeeking, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, brings a wealth of commercial experience to the practice. With fifteen years of project work under his belt, including two years in the UK working on a £700m Westfield Mall in London, Corey’s diverse portfolio includes complex projects. Based in the Wellington studio, Corey has recently been involved with the earthquake-damaged, multi-storey Gloucester St apartment redevelopment in Christchurch. Prior to joining HMOA, Corey worked at CCM Architects for seven years, gaining invaluable experience on a range and scale of projects. Corey lives with his partner and two daughters on the hill above Wellington’s Seatoun Bays. In his spare time he enjoys playing cricket, football, chopping wood and renovating his 1960s house.
Project Architect for: MFAT Office fit-out (2012) and New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington (2013) while at CCM; Kairangi Housing Development, Wellington (2013–2014), while at Jerram Tocker + Barron; Harbour City Centre, Wellington (2016– ); TSB Arena Refurbishment, Wellington (2015–2017); Gloucester Apartments Reclad & Alterations, Christchurch (2014– ); Shotover Wastewater Development (2015); Apartments at 161 Cuba St, 2017.
Assisted as Architect for: Westfield London (2006) while at Benoy, London; Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007), Te Hopai Resthome and Care Facility (2008–2012), Berkley Dallard Apartments for WCC (2012), Queenstown Airport (2010–2013) and Wellington Hospital (2007–2010) while at CCM.
Oliver Markham, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, joined the practice in 2005. He has fifteen years experience, including two in Australia working on multi-unit residential projects and exhibition design. With HMOA, Olly has developed huge competency in design, construction detailing, detailed design production, and contract administration/site observation. The practice also makes the most of his excellent Autodesk REVIT skills and associated presentation software, seeing him involved with many projects from the conceptual design stage right through to the completion of construction. Based in the Wellington studio, Olly regularly bravely bikes around the harbour to work from his home in Petone, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. At the weekend, you might spot him fly fishing in the Hutt River.
ANZAC Shelter, Lower Hutt (2016); Peka Peka House II, Wellington (2015); St Winifreds Hospital Earthquake Remedial Work, Christchurch (2015); Trade Me, Auckland (2015); Outward Bound Office Fit-out, Wellington (2013); Westpac Stadium Upgrades, Wellington (2011); Havelock North House, Hawke’s Bay (2009); Waikanae House, Kapiti Coast (2009); Navy Museum Redevelopment, Devonport (2008); St. Bede’s College Boarding Hall, Christchurch (2007); Waimarama House, Hawke’s Bay (2004); Cambourne House, Wellington (2004); VUW Recreation Centre Redevelopment, Wellington (2004); Karori House, Wellington (2004); Rembrandt Suits Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2004).
With over 20 years’ experience, Brent Sykes, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, works in the Auckland studio and became an HMOA Associate in 2018. He has a long association with Auckland director Matt Pearson, having worked together on Matt’s own projects, including the Momentum Apartments, before either joined HMOA. Brent has previously worked for other Auckland practices, including Stephenson & Turner and Peddle Thorp. While living in London (1998-2004), he gained valuable experience in urban regeneration and medium-density residential projects, and an appreciation of the power of architecture to improve daily life. At Pollard Thomas & Edwards, Brent worked on the awarding-winning residential project, Lingham Court in Stockwell, and his work at Broadway Malyan included the Forge apartment development in the Docklands. Brent lives in the Auckland suburb of Mangere Bridge, near Ambury Park and Te Pane Mataoho (Mangere Mountain) and enjoys mountain biking.
Seaview Road House(2016); Epsom Central Apartments; Rose Road Apartments (in progress); Delegat Winery (2015 while at Peddle Thorp).