“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 


“For a number of years our company has worked on projects involving Jeff. In his role as Project Architect I have worked closely with him on a variety of commercial construction contracts, as Design Manager for a major design build project completed by Jeff and also as Quantity Surveyor on a number of traditional projects. It has been a pleasure to deal with Jeff and he has always shown an insight that is so important to a successful project, for his client, and also for his contractor.

Jeff’s communication, time management and attention to detail leave no stone unturned and the final product is always mindful of budget but designed to the highest quality standard.

Whether you are a client looking for a designer for your new project, or a Main Contractor with a design and build project in mind, you would be wise to talk to Jeff.”

Grant Gunn

Commercial Manager

Maycroft Construction Ltd


“In 2010, we engaged Felicity Christian to design our new office space in Whangarei. The challenge was to design a mix of closed and open office spaces for a 300m2 premises, taking advantage of the natural light and views, and ensuring a comfortable environment for our clients to come to, and for our staff to work in.
Felicity quickly achieved a good understanding of our requirements, and she delivered promptly with a design which has proven to be very user friendly.
Felicity provided us with guidance in making all decisions about the fit-out, right down to the finer details. She capably provided coordination between all parties involved, including our landlords, tradesmen and service providers. This ensured that everything was attended to in a timely manner, and assisted to make our move to the new premises a relatively stress-free exercise.
We always felt that we were in a safe pair of hands.  It was wonderful to move into premises designed just for us. We would definitely be happy to engage Felicity again for any architectural or design requirements.”

Bridget Westenra


“When I decided to renovate my 90 year old villa it was with fear and trepidation. I knew that I wanted to retain the original style of the old home, but at the same time i was desperate to get more sun and light inside without compromising the integrity of the classic villa design. Felicity listened, understood and translated my brief into a beautiful design, and the result is a home i am delighted with.”

Mary Carthew


“Felicity Christian Architect has provided the NKA with a consistently high level of professionalism and service. Felicity has designed numerous buildings for the NKA and project managed many renovations and upgrades. Her use of natural light and energy saving designs have been instrumental in creating sustainable environments for our Association buildings. Felicity’s design for our new kindergarten at Ruawai is a flagship for future ECE buildings in a semi-rural environment. The design blends brilliantly with the environment and the building is incredibly practical and functional.
The NKA highly recommends Felicity Christian Architect as she always delivers.”

Richard Storey
General Manager
Northland Kindergarten Association


“Jeff Brickell, an architect with McKenzie Higham, was significantly involved in developing the design of the building. Having taken up the position of principal in May 2012, I worked very closely with Jeff as we finalised the design, colour scheme, data, cabling etc. for the new school. As an educationalist this was a very challenging time for me because I was often completely outside my comfort zone. However, Jeff made this time much easier by carefully advising me and providing me with detailed information which helped me to make good decisions. At times he spoke very strongly on our behalf – to ensure we received the best school possible to enable and enhance our vision for teaching and learning. Jeff was always highly respectful (when I could have easily felt stupid!), valuing our educational voice,  thinking carefully about the students and teachers (but particularly the 5 – 10 year old students) who would inhabit the buildings. I finished with the feeling that the architects had gone above and beyond to provide us with a school that we all absolutely love, that has great soul, and that is highly functional. Every day as I walk through the school, I am still impressed with their attention to detail. The use of colour is outstanding. Somehow, they have managed to fill a school with colour and yet create an extremely calming and peaceful environment. Everyone who comes to the school comments on it. And the students identify that the design of the school really helps their learning!

I am very grateful to Jeff and McKenzie Higham because they created an environment that makes me, all the staff, students, parents and visitors to our school feel highly valued as human beings. This is indeed a huge accomplishment – to create an institutional building that is truly humanising. Thanks so much, Jeff, for all you contributed to this. I wish you all the best with this new exciting venture and I feel able to genuinely and strongly recommend your work.”

Lesley Murrihy
Amesbury School


“During 2008-2009, Mitsubishi undertook a 3-stage redevelopment of its Wellington dealership, a project for a gross value (inclusive of all fees) of approximately $2m.

Mitsubishi had engaged McKenzie Higham Architecture for all architectural services and as the project manager for all stages of construction. Jeff was the lead architect assigned to these tasks and was intimately involved in all aspects of its design and execution.

The project was complicated by the need to maintain normal business activities during all stages of construction, so the role of the project manager became critical to balancing relationships and tolerances, particularly between our tenant dealer and the building contractor.

Jeff is to be complimented for his excellent professional skills. The project was completed to a very high standard and to the total satisfaction of all parties.

All throughout, Jeff maintained prompt and accurate communications and project reporting to Mitsubishi. Jeff has an easy-going style and was great to work with. We could not have asked for a better service and would happily engage him again.

The Northland region has gained an excellent architect and project manager in Jeff Brickell.”

Mike Sheerin
Manager – Franchise & Facilities
Mitsubishi Motors NZ

Public Outdoor Shelter – Matakohe/Limestone Island

In 2007 the Friends of Matakohe/Limestone Island who manage the restoration of the island in the Whangarei Harbour on behalf of the Whangarei District Council, undertook to build a day shelter with displays for the increasing number of visitors, especially school and community groups. The site was chosen by Te Parawhau. With funding from the ASB the building was achieved on time and within budget. It has proved to be a wonderful asset and an excellent design for what is required.

Felicity Christian was pivotal to the project being such a success. In her role as Architect she followed the brief of the Committee. She made the most of the site, making it sympathetic to the historic buildings which are in close proximity. Because it is a sensitive archaeological area the footprint had to be minimized, this was successfully achieved with the design. She also suggested we future proof it by allowing for sails to be attached. The Rotary funded display boards that have been installed over the last few years were also allowed for in the plan.

Felicity was time efficient, easy to work with, met deadlines and made some excellent suggestions. Being part of the Whangarei community she was perceptive to what was an appropriate design and listened carefully to all parties. She made the planning process easier than we imagined and we are delighted with the outcome. She is very professional and as a Committee we can certainly recommend her especially for any community project.

Pam Stevens
pp Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Committee