Residential Architects NZ

We are proficient in all aspects of residential architecture and have formed close relationships with industry stakeholders to deliver successful projects efficiently to save you time and money. 

Residential Land Development

Transform your bare or tired property with our residential land development service. We have years of combined experience in residential land development to unlock the full potential of your property. Our wide portfolio of past residential property development includes everything from single unit homes to multi unit and multi storey residential buildings. Our skilled and experienced team can help you maximise returns on your residential land whether you envisage a row of townhouses or a block of apartments.

Residential Building Architects

We couple our extensive residential development expertise with time-honed innovative residential architectural design. Our residential architects have the know-how to create attractively designed structures that are desirable and sought after. The Design Fire team also possess a strong background in compliance and fire engineering to ensure that designs not only match your exacting requirements but the relevant council codes and regulations.

Development Feasibility

Residential land development can be tricky business even without considering market conditions and the property development cycle. The team at THE DESIGNFIRE can assist you in this area with our wealth of experience in residential and commercial land development. We can help you navigate the areas of residential land development cost as well council compliance and requirements. Our residential building architects work closely with our compliance team who have established relationships with local councils and a strong understanding of the New Zealand building code. Speak to us today about how we can help you with your next project.

Residential Architects Auckland

Auckland is a diverse city that is constantly growing and changing. The expansion and needs of this ever evolving city means that architects have to adapt as Auckland’s urban landscape becomes wider, taller and denser. The DesignFire are architects based in Auckland who have a track record of success with completed residential and commercial projects spread across the isthmus. View our Commercial and Residential Architecture Design page for more information.

If you are looking for an experienced residential architect with extensive experience then look no further than The Design Fire. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. 

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new home work

We have a proud history of successful new home projects and the portfolio to prove it.

Our experienced and highly skilled architects have provided numerous clients with the best architectural design solutions to help them realise their dream properties. Some of our unique new home projects are shown below – please get in touch with us to see more.

other work we do


THE DESIGNFIRE is comprised of some of the best architects and engineers in New Zealand, giving us a wide range of specialities and making us your one-stop-shop for commercial architecture.

Multi-Unit Residential

Our architects and engineers stay at the forefront of the latest advances in residential building design, so we can provide you with designs that will match your requirements while fully complying with council codes and regulations.

Interior Design

A dedicated, passionate, and highly talented project team will work with you from putting ideas on paper to well past the completed interior design project.


Are you re-cladding a house and need expert consultants to work with you? The team at THE DESIGNFIRE specialises in all types of re-cladding in Auckland, with no project too big or too small.


We are committed to providing major home renovation services to our clients, within time and budget and with a minimum of fuss.

our clients

“I have worked with THE DESIGNFIRE since 2014 with projects ranging from residential developments and high-end holiday homes. THE DESIGNFIRE has indeed become not only my company’s “Chief Designer” but also my “Personal Design Adviser”. THE DESIGNFIRE was engaged for all of our high-end residential developments and all of my holiday homes in Auckland. They were able to help me as a single point of responsibility with initial concept designs, material and colour selections right through to implementation and build, all within a set budget and timescale. I gained two fundamental benefits from employing THE DESIGNFIRE.

One is the design itself. They were able to take a few basic and rather uncertain ideas of mine and show how they could be realised to best effect. They put forward the most incredible ideas for floor plans, spatial quality, interior design, and special architectural features. They were particularly amazing at coming up with solutions, and improvising, for the areas I hadn’t considered. Sourcing everything would have taken me weeks, or never at all. I have to say that they have a wonderful & trendy taste of design ideas. They always give you choices and add some interesting things in that you just wouldn’t have thought of, but that works beautifully. Another one is commercial benefits, our clients were all extremely happy with the design solution in our development, and they believe our product is different from those by other developers. I believe THE DESIGNFIRE’s design had some good influence here. Speaking of my own holiday houses, while I’ve only got to enjoy a few days in a year, most of the other times were rented out short term, and the return has been amazing, the stylish houses that THE DESIGNFIRE created generated huge interest and made my houses really popular in the area.”

—Frank Li, Luxury Infinity Investment Group Limited

“We employed THE DESIGNFIRE as the lead consultant to get the Building Consent on our two stories 40 units Motel development in Oamaru. THE DESIGNFIRE was led by Louie Kang.

In their capacity as the lead consultants, THE DESIGNFIRE was required to coordinate with several specialist consultants including Geotechnical Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Works designers and planners to compile all necessary documentation to submit the Building Consent application to Waitaki District Council, for the proposed development.

In Oamaru, in the recent past, there has been no such project of this magnitude had been proposed to the council. Hence it was quite new to the staff at the consenting authorities to deal in several specialist areas. This, in return, became an extremely challenging task for THE DESIGNFIRE to make timely technical decisions & professional judgements when dealing with the Consenting Authorities.

THE DESIGNFIRE has shown the highest degree of professionalism, particularly Louie Kang in dealing with various parties to get the Building Consent within budget and time. We are very satisfied with THE DESIGNFIRE’s performance.”

—Hari De Alwis, Goodland Development Limited

“I am Harland Murray from Statesman Projects. We are the main contractor for Wang Trading.

Working alongside CCG was easy; it couldn’t have been better. They handled the council work, provided faster responses to minor variation and the team on site found the plans easy to read. We did have challenges, with the change of specifications for a couple of products. After through the job we had to hold up, waiting for the consents for the minor changes. CCG handled all of this work, and we found it easy.

CCG handled the architectural and the passive fire, which made it easy for us. We had a few challenges on-site with passive fire, and due to the fact that we’re dealing with one team, that was resolved quickly and efficiently.

We definitely would recommend CCG. We look forward to working with them again in the future. They are easy to work with, and we really enjoyed working with them.”

—Harland Murray, Statesman Projects

“THE DESIGNFIRE was recommended to us via work, and we loved their way of just listening to what we wanted, not forcing anything on us and were always at the end of the phone when we needed to talk to them.

You were listening and helping us get the best house we could have. When I compare it to other similar homes on our street, that had the same concept plan, I’m so so so happy we used THE DESIGNFIRE and changed it all around. We even swapped the whole house around by having the master bedroom in the front upstairs so we could maximise the view of the boats and golf club. Thanks, THE DESIGNFIRE we love our house.”

—Jacqui, Proud house owner

“THE DESIGNFIRE has worked closely with KN Building on numerous projects. They have always delivered on what has been agreed to and are a cost-effective architectural solution. They offer the complete package from simple designs to design and build with all engineering aspects taken care of through their network of partners they have formed over the years. THE DESIGNFIRE is KN Building’s first choice when architectural elements are required for any project.”

—J Boom, KN Building

“My name is Farzbod Taefi. I am the director of Skills Update Training Institute.

About five years ago, in conjunction with NMIT, we purchased a site on 42 Upper Queen Street. This building needed a lot of renovation and make-over, so we handed the design amongst a number of architectural firms, and the most attractive design came from THE DESIGNFIRE.

We found them very flexible and receptive to our comments and ideas. I think it was the winning card for us as the client. Getting the permits through the council is not an easy task. They had good contacts in the council, they were well known to the council, and that really speeded up the process. I think if we’ve chosen another group of architects, this project may have taken twice as long. We have recommended THE DESIGNFIRE to many people and referred them to Louie. You know the sample of his work is here, and people can see what they can get.”

—Farzbod Taefi, Director, Skills Update Training Institute

“Thank you all so much for such amazing work getting this consent through in record time! The timing is brilliant. Nerve-wracking, but brilliant!

You guys have been so incredible, so fantastic at following up, chasing, hustling. Without your efforts, there is no way this would have happened and we are truly grateful.

Enormous thanks from all of us at Te Pou

He nui ngā mihi ki a koutou”
—Amanda Rees, Te Pou Theatre