What our clients say

Commercial testimonials

“It was a pleasure working with Context. They got what we wanted and what our clients needed – a bespoke open-plan space that still provided privacy and discretion – beautifully designed offices that feel welcoming and symbolic of Christchurch’s positive future.”

George Forbes, Partner, Rhodes & Co.
Rhodes &Co, Christchurch

“Launching the rebrand part of our strategy in such a tight timeframe was possible due to business partners like Context who helped us hit the deadline with the least impact on our customers and staff. Winning the TVNZ Marketing Award is a tribute to their efforts too.”

SBS General Manager of Strategy and Marketing, Phil Jamieson
SBS Bank national re-brand

“Context came up with ideas that we hadn’t even thought about. They bust the brief without busting the budget to create a higher yield and resident parking. We’re going to get highly rentable properties out the other end of our collaboration with Context. The design of the apartments hits the nail on the head.”

 Liz Harris, Christchurch property investor
Barbadoes Street Apartments, Christchurch


“The centre embodies Mother Duck’s inclusive philosophy and focus on families. We are very excited by Context’s innovative design and have used them for three centres now. Context is responsive and innovative and pays attention to the construction detail, programme and budget. They have been a pleasure to work with. We recommend them to anyone looking to make childcare design more aspirational and inspiring.”

 Karen Prestedge, CEO Mother Duck Childcare Group
Mother Duck childcare centre, Brisbane

“Context expanded our vision for what was possible on this site and helped us exceed the council’s stringent urban design expectations. The council commented on the quality of Context’s design process and knowledge.”

Ran He, Auckland Developer


“Context constructively challenged our brief. They looked at our business objectives and developed an ambitious concept  to enable our practice to double in size and fulfil our goal of becoming one of the largest and best animal health providers in the region. Community feedback for the finished product has been brilliant.”

Ben Davidson, Partner, Rangiora Vet Centre
Rangiora Vet Centre, Rangiora


“It was important that the staff felt involved, particularly in the consultation and design phases of the project, and that the office reflected the values of Creative New Zealand. The floor plans and particularly the 3D graphics used to show the proposed office layout were extremely useful in conveying the design ideas to staff. Context Architects were able to give us everything that we had asked for and more. The staff in the office have been positively raving about their new space and regularly receive admiring comments from visitors. We recommend Context Architects and would use them for future projects.”

 Tanya Connor, Project Manager, Creative New Zealand
Creative NZ Auckland Office


“We engaged Context’s services as architects. This was a great move on our part taking away much of the head-scratching, oversight and liaison with builders and council. All the way through we were kept informed and staff were accessible, professional and responsive. We are now the proud owners of a functional facility with contemporary design and fittings.  Our thanks to Context for their professional and friendly approach – and expertise.”

Rob Warriner, Chief Executive, WALSH Trust


“Westpac New Zealand appointed Context Architects in 2009 as lead architectural consultant for its nationwide network of 197 branches, Business Banking centres and 52,000m² of office space housing some 5,300 staff. Westpac have been very satisfied with the performance of Context Architects. Context Architects go the extra mile on projects. We recommend Context for any commercial or interiors projects where you are looking for an architect who understands your key business drivers, sustainability and can deliver strong design, documentation and project management at a competitive rate.”

Murray Dobson, former Head of Properties, Westpac New Zealand
Westpac NZ national retail network


“Westpac and Context are both about having good people and growing the right relationship to get the job done. Context continue to provide excellent design implementation for Westpac’s ‘community’ branch expansion programme throughout New Zealand.  Performing in the face of challenging fast tracked projects and paying attention to practical cost effective details are two of Context’s strengths.”

Andrew Tasker, former Project Manager, Westpac NZ
Westpac NZ national retail network


Residential testimonials

“I really liked working with Context and will tell anyone with a building project to put you on their list of meetings. It’s the team approach and the friendly people who always greeted us when we came in. Our work with Scott Cracknell was high quality and he delivered to our needs by really listening to what we wanted to achieve. Justin’s design for our house is outstanding, there is a great sense of pride we get in viewing the plans and we cannot wait for the finished result. You’re thinking ‘I’ve got this really pleasing design and it’s a precious thing to me, thank goodness we chose Context to create this for us.”

Raechel Ford, Karaka House, Auckland

“We came to Context with a predisposed idea of what we wanted. Luckily they came up with a concept design that was so much better. They designed a house that incorporated what we were looking for and was very suitable for the location. Justin and Scott were also very good at looking at the cost factor, and came up with a fabulous design which was affordable for us. The guys are true architects. To us it is quite obvious there are big differences. We felt very looked after and were really happy. We would definitely recommend Context.”

Manuela Koenig, Hunua, Auckland
Hunua Home, Auckland


“We decided to use an architect for our renovation because we knew the project was a major investment, both financially and emotionally and we needed it done right. The architectural process was clearly explained to us by Context Architects – we had step-by-step explanations of the process and a number of consultations at each stage. Our views were sought, listened to and we felt that with Context’s innovation and expertise we achieved a design that exceeded our expectations.”

Jim & Annette Marshall, Mairangi Bay, Auckland


“Thank you for all your hard work and coordination to make everything go smoothly, especially given the tight schedule. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate your attitude.”

Siok Boon Poh, Clearwater Resort, Christchurch
Clearwater residence


“Context’s creativity means not only will we have a fix to the weathertightness issue, but the owners will recoup value through a better designed building.”

Craig Leishman, Director, Boutique Body Corporates


The Block came to New Zealand for the first time in 2012. Eyeworks Television engaged Context Architects to design and document the extensions and coordinate the landscape design and supplier involvement. The brief was to modernise and bring variety to the ugly street frontage, and to transform the four existing rabbit warrens into modern, relaxed, light filled spaces where the indoors meets the outdoors. Context worked closely with the Eyeworks production team to make this happen, working to a tight production schedule that included achieving building consent within a 10 week window. Context partnered with our production team and went the extra mile to deliver an outstanding result. We would happily recommend Context for any design brief that requires outside-the-box thinking.”

Julie Christie, CEO, Eyeworks Television
The Block NZ


“We undertook a significant renovation of our near 100-year-old villa. Fortunately, a client referred us to Stephen Voyle, director of Context Architects – what a godsend! Context stepped in and brought a difficult project in terms of resource management and building consent issues out of our mind’s eye and into fruition. We could not have asked for better service from Context. They have always been available and have resolved any unforeseen issues quickly, economically and without compromising our design ideals. We could not have asked for more and are thrilled beyond our greatest expectations with the outcome.”

Stuart & Charlotte Cummings, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Cummings residence, Grey Lynn


“Not only did Context meet our brief, but they exceeded it by taking those parts of our house that were tired and a bit dated and making the whole building into a very special home, both inside and out. Context were a pleasure to deal with, listening well to all our requests, and incorporating their own creative ideas to make our house stand out. The builders they recommended were also great to work with, and the whole process went smoothly, according to plan, both financially and time-wise.”

Louise Tulp, Hunua, Auckland
Hunua Residence, Auckland

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