This project by McKenzie Higham Architecture, Wellington, was a new early childcare centre for a Samoan Church Trust. The building takes the form of the traditional Samoan Fale.

Jeff’s role while employed by McKenzie Higham Architecture was as project architect. He was involved from the preliminary design stage including:

  • Developed design
  • Detailed design and documentation
  • Tendering
  • On-site architect for observation of the project
  • Administration of the construction contract

“The project pages of this website present the Owen St A’oga Amata Newtown Wellington. The photos illustrate what a stunning early childhood centre we received and the text modestly notes Jeff’s functions from the beginning to the end of that project.

What the project pages don’t tell you is that Jeff is a pleasure to work with. Of course he provided helpful and professional guidance. He was able to take our hopes and dreams and transform them into a vibrant and functional place catering for children, parents and staff, fully reflecting the Samoan culture and architectural style of the existing church and hall on the site.

But in addition, Jeff was able to work effectively with the building committee from our Samoan church, a group of elders who needed Jeff to explain things several times to be satisfied they understood aspects of the project that were important to the church and its surroundings. I would expect Jeff’s skills in operating in a bi-cultural setting to be most valuable as an architect working in Te Tai Tokerau.”

Dick Burgess

A’oga Amata Building Project