HERE Open Home Wellington

As the price of both building and land rises in our cities, there’s an interconnected need for density – of all types. Often, that’s taken to mean wholesale demolition. But as the examples on our next Open Home tour show, creating extra housing in existing suburbs can often be more subtle than that.‍In Island Bay, we’re visiting the home of Beth and Jae Warrander, from Makers of Architecture. Faced with a suburban section and a large brick bungalow, they demolished the house and subdivided the land in two. After designing a dwelling for the other site, they created a two-house compound for themselves – an airy, elegant one to live in, and a compact tower for rent. In all, three dwellings where there was one.

‍Across town, architect Craig Burt, of Parsonson Architects, recently finished his own new house (below), perched up a flight of stairs behind his old one – which is now a rental. With sweeping views and interlinking spaces, it turns a steep back garden into a hilltop eyrie.

‍The need for housing aside, both homes are also deeply personal and very lovely. We look forward to showing them off to you.


Beach Forest House by Makers of Architecture; Sar Street House by Craig Burt, Parsonson Architects


Island Bay and Wadestown, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington


Saturday 4 May, 2024; sessions from 9.30am


$25 (limited numbers!) from open-home-wellington.eventbrite.co.nz

‍Your ticket will give you access to both houses – choose a starting time and house at checkout.

For privacy reasons, we release the addresses the day before – we'll be in touch at 3.30pm on Friday 3 May with address details.


10 Years of MAKERS

We are proud to celebrate 10 years of Makers!

We are humbled and grateful for all the support from our family and friends, acknowledgement from architectural communities and especially clients who believed in our dream of creating beautiful and efficient buildings.

To every Maker, thank you. Your design care and building efforts make such a difference to people’s lives and their daily experiences.

From us at Makers we continue on this journey collaborating to influence and create positive change.




Designing Women: 3 Female Architects Who Are Changing Our Cities

The work of an architect requires many skills: there’s practicality — mathematics, science and engineering — required to manifest a successful building. And then there’s the creativity needed to cultivate beauty, innovation and originality. Add to that knowledge of construction, climate challenges, economics, geology, urban design, even weather patterns, and creating a building that is significant is no mean feat.

For Beth Cameron, one of a handful of female architects whose buildings were recognised in the recent New Zealand Architecture Awards, architecture is also about understanding people. “Architecture ultimately improves people’s lives and wellbeing,” says Cameron, co-founder of Makers of Architecture. “Form and scale can have a lasting effect on health and culture.”

Kirsten Matthew sat down with three of the award-winning wāhine toa to talk about their careers in architecture, their ethos’, and how they are redefining our built environments.

Read the Full Article Here: https://womanmagazine.co.nz/designing-women-3-female-architects-who-are-changing-our-cities/

5 December 2023




We were humbled to receive a housing award for Beach Forest House at the NZIA Wellington Awards ceremony this year. Thanks to all others involved who together made this project and home possible.

Judge's Citation

"This project consists of a two-bedroom house and separate studio tower connected by external decks and courtyards. The forms are arranged in quadrants around a cruciform circulation, which is subtly reinforced in the orientation of the Cross Laminated Timber flooring and ceilings. A floating shelf above the kitchen bounces light from high level windows across the ceiling, giving the space a feeling of elevation whilst providing privacy from the residence up the hill. The detailing is meticulously executed, producing clean simple junctions that contribute to a sense of calm within the spaces."


Learn more about Beach Forest House by following this link: www.makersofarchitecture.co.nz/project/beach-forest-house


NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards 2021

It was an honour and privilege to receive a housing award for Sonnhalde at the NZIA Canterbury Awards ceremony. Thanks to our wonderful clients, NZ Carpentry, Makers Fabrication and all others involved who together made this project and home possible.

Judge's Citation

"Located in a semi-rural part of Geraldine, Sonnhalde has been carefully designed to rest lightly on the landscape while taking advantage of spectacular views. The brief required a response to the sun throughout the day, and clerestory windows along one elevation provide effective ventilation and natural lighting. The built form utilises a prefabricated CLT structural panel system made using New Zealand-grown Pinus radiata, which forms the entire structural building envelope, and this low-maintenance home is powered by an off-grid solar energy system. Generous glazing provides a well-considered indoor-outdoor relationship and decking ties the house into a unified whole."



Learn more about Sonnhalde by following this link: www.makersofarchitecture.co.nz/project/sonnhalde


Makers Fabrication & Autodesk Construction Cloud

Makers Fabrication, a design-build General Contractor based in Wellington, New Zealand, uses Autodesk Construction Cloud to collaborate on projects across the country and reduce risk on job sites.

Details on how they keep information current in one common environment here: https://bit.ly/2X1URwG

Video by Autodesk Construction Cloud | Source: YouTube




Making Ways FFWD Interview

Fast Forward Breakfast Interview: Makers of Architecture, Patrick Loo and Andrew Barrie

In association with the University of Auckland and the Festival of Architecture

Fast Forward is the bi-annual lecture series hosted by the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning. It aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning.

For Making Ways FFWD is collaborating with the Objectspace Ockham Residential Series to bring this public lecture into the gallery, based around the themes of the exhibition.

Making Ways exhibiting practice Makers of Architecture is joined in the gallery by another practice and an interviewer to explore new and alternative ways of making architecture.

Video by Objectspace | Source: vimeo.com




NZIA Festival of Architecture 2019

The Festival of Architecture is an annual series of engaging, enjoyable and almost entirely free events that aim to celebrate and investigate the role of architecture in improving the quality of life in Aotearoa New Zealand’s towns and cities.

Upcoming Events


Open Studio: Makers of Architecture

Friday 20 September 2019
3:00 – 6:00pm
Location: 16 Jessie Street, Level 1, Te Aro, Wellington

Go behind the scenes of architecture studios in Wellington to find out what architects do and how they do it. Each practice will offer their own programme, but you are likely to have the opportunity to view and discuss both completed projects and work in progress, as well as the opportunity to meet the creative minds behind the projects.

Are you thinking of studying architecture, looking to commission an architect, or are you just interested to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes within an architecture studio? Come along, you are most welcome.

This free event is open to all.




Makers Fabrication Factory Tour

Saturday 21 September 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Gracefield, Lower Hutt
Exact address details provided upon registration

See pre-fabrication in action. Take a tour through the Makers Fabrication factory, the manufacturing component of Makers of Architecture.

Makers of Architecture evolved from a desire to bring the architectural and construction environments closer together, allowing for collaboration and innovation through engaging with technological design efficiencies.

Makers Fabrication has been set up to service the architecture, design and building industry, specialising in digital fabrication and assembly. The workshop tour will show off processes involved in the prefabrication process and some of the CNC machinery that makes it happen.

Limited spaces, registration essential.

Register: www.eventbrite.co.nz


Making Ways: Alternative Architectural Practice in Aotearoa

Motivated by the urgency of the challenges we all now face – environmental, social and economic – young architects in Aotearoa are inventing new forms of practice. These moves respond to a range of overlapping factors that draw practices in different directions and see them developing new and alternative ways of making architecture.

Making Ways takes the format of a staged, live ‘rolling event’, bringing together four practices that have emerged in Aotearoa in response to this context. Shaping their ways of making architecture by charting a new course through these concerns, each practice has developed a week-long project that brings to life aspects of their practice. Sequentially inhabiting the gallery, Objectspace is recast as a hybrid studio, laboratory and wānanga as Making Ways includes lectures, slide shows, interviews, workshops and other evolving live events. Come and join a conversation about ways of making architecture now and into the future.

Learn more about the event: www.objectspace.org.nz

Exhibition Date and Times
Saturday 14 September – Saturday 12 October 2019
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

13 Rose Road
Ponsonby, Auckland


Fast Forward Breakfast Series hosted by Objectspace
Makers – Interview

Wednesday 2 October 2019, 8:00am – 9:30am (doors open 7:45am)

FFWD (Fast Forward) is the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning’s public lecture series. For Making Ways Objectspace is hosting a series of FFWD breakfast interviews. On 2 October, Making Ways exhibiting practice Makers of Architecture is joined in the gallery by another practice and an interviewer to explore new and alternative ways of making architecture.

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

Free Event

13 Rose Road
Ponsonby, Auckland

Register: www.eventbrite.co.nz


Kowtow Conversations

As one of the four founding directors at Makers of Architecture, Beth Cameron has played a fundamental part in the design of our new workroom, and our flagship store opening early next year. We met with Beth to learn the myriad of things that influenced her career.

Story photographed by Yoan Jolly.


Read the full conversation here: https://nz.kowtowclothing.com/blogs/conversations/beth


Nominated – Idealog’s Most Creative People 2017

We recently found out that Makers of Architecture was nominated for Idealog's Most Creative People for 2017.

As it says on the Makers of Architecture website: “We enjoy a challenge and particularly the journey that is creative problem solving.” And there are plenty of problems to solve when it comes to designing and constructing buildings. Jae Warrander, Beth Cameron, Grant Douglas and Ben Sutherland push the boundaries of what’s possible using design and CNC fabrication, they’re closing the gap between design and build, their practices are reducing time and waste, and they are continuing to experiment with experiential installations.

You can find the full article here: http://idealog.co.nz/casestudies/idealogs-most-creative-people