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who we are


our company

workspace architects is owned by three highly experienced architecture and interior design practitioners Claire Deacon, Ewan Dellow and Rob Sinclair. They also work day to day in the business as Directors of the Practice. 

workspace architects was established in 1963 as KD Mitchell Architect and in 2003 became Workspace Vision Limited.

For the last 10 years, the Directors have focused on developing big building expertise alongside our interior works and we now have a large portfolio of multi-storey building refurbishment and seismic strengthening projects alongside our interior fitout projects. 

In 2013 we became workspace architects as this name better reflects the technical expertise that we have across the commercial sector. We currently have a core staff of nine, including 4 Architects, 4 Senior Fit Out Specialists and 1 support staff.

With our office in Wellington CBD we are easily accessible to many of our core Clients. Our work is mainly in Wellington, however we have completed large scale projects from Invercargill to Auckland.

Workspace Architects Office

our people

All our staff have more than 10 years experience in the Commercial Building Sector. Our approach is hands-on and collaborative. We roll up our sleeves and get stuck in to all aspects of the project to ensure that we deliver the best possible design solution to our Clients. Our aim is always to fulfil our Clients’ expectations – we know we often exceed them because nearly 80% of our business is repeat business.

Claire Deacon BBSc, BArch, ANZIA - Director

Claire’s expertise includes Briefing, Sketch and Developed Design, Client Management, Contract Management, Building Refurbishment, Earthquake Strengthening and Project Management. Claire has worked in the industry for 22 years, and is a member of The NZIA. Recent Projects:

  • 15,000 sqm of integrated tenancy fitout and base building refurbishment of Datacom House (2013) for AWOF
  • 11,000 sqm of base building refurbishment of 80 The Terrace for Precinct Properties
  • 2,000 sqm of base building refurbishment at Vodafone on the Park for Precinct Properties
  • Dan Parker and Associates tenancy fitout
  • Gibson Sheat Wellington tenancy fitout



Ewan Dellow BBSc, BArch (Hons), ANZIA - Director

Ewan is responsible for the design and delivery of many of our major projects. He has worked in the industry for 20 years, and is a member of The NZIA. Many of Ewan’s projects involve the complete stripping out of services and old fitout and respecifying and coordinating the services consultants to give old buildings a new lease of life. This includes earthquake strengthening to many buildings. Recent Projects:

  • Centreport Building strengthening, refurbishment and tenancy fitout (on going)
  • 8,000 sqm of Tenancy Fitout for Telstra Clear / Vodafone (2013)
  • 10,000 sqm of Base Building Refurbishment of the ANZ Tower (2011)
  • 6,500 sqm of Base Building Refurbishment of the Westpac Building 
  • 4,000 sqm of Tenancy Fitout Space - Telecom The Grand Levels 2,3,5,6,7 of the Grand Building on Willis Street (2009)

Rob Sinclair NZCAD - Director

Rob’s responsibility is for the development and coordination of the contract documentation for all major projects leaving the workspace architects office. He works with three permanent staff. Originally a builder, Rob retrained with Fletchers in architectural draughting and has worked in the industry for 20 years. Rob coordinates the larger team of consultants to provide the integrated documentation for our building projects. Rob is currently working closely with Engineers and Contractors to detail the Architectural aspects of seismic refurbishment to many of the Wellington tower buildings. Recent Projects:

  • Winara Rest Home extension
  • Ministry of Primary Industries new office fitout Level 15 Pastoral House
  • 15,000 sqm of integrated tenancy fitout and base building refurbishment of Datacom House (2013)
  • 11,000 sqm of base building refurbishment of 80 The Terrace 
  • 6,500 sqm of Integrated Tenancy fitout and base building refurbishment for the Ministry of Fisheries (2007)


Barryn Barryn Westfield BBSc BArch (Hons) ANZIA - Director

Barryn is a Registered Architect with a wealth of experience over the last 15 years in the commercial sector. Barryn’s position as Associate demonstrates the invaluable role he plays in all aspects of the projects in the workspace architects office. His role is across the design aspects of the fitout. He works with a team to detail and document the projects for Building Consent and pricing. His skills in 3D modelling mean that his interpretation of a corporate brand comes to life and allows our Clients to be fully involved in this process. Usually Barryn manages his projects on site working closely with the contractors. Recent Projects:
  • Cigna Office Fitouts in Auckland and Wellington (2015)
  • Wellington Water Office Fitout (2015)
  • SAS Office Fitout (2013) in SAS House
  • Steel and Tube Petone (2013)
  • 6500 sqm ASB Tower building refurbishment (2013)

John Ercolano BBSc BArch (Hons) ANZIA

Last year John Ercolano joined us from Stephenson and Turner. He brings a wealth of experience in bigger exterior construction projects and office systems. His experience provides further expertise in construction detailing and methodology especially in our exterior projects.
John has been actively involved in many of our current projects through all stages. He has completed sketch designs, working drawings and on site construction observation and administration for many of the projects in the office. 

He has recently completed the conversion of existing music classrooms into a new preschool at Chilton St James, and is currently working on the earthquake strengthening of a Data Centre.


Angela Stockman BDes (Interior Architecture)

Angela has been with workspace architects for more than 7 years and has developed skills across the design, documentation and construction management of our work. Often she works collaboratively to develop design details to strengthen the brand theming and then takes these designs through into detailed designs for pricing and Building Consent.

Angela has worked closely with Director Rob Sinclair over the years to produce tender documentation for many of our larger projects. She also takes an active role on site attending to much of the day to day coordination with the building contractors.


Craig Wagner NZCD (Arch) GSAP

Craig has been with workspace architects for the last 4 years. His main role is in the production of detailed documentation for Tender and Building Consent. He works closely with the Directors to produce detailed drawings of the key elements and has recently been involved with all aspects of the TelstraClear / Vodafone project to create coordinated working drawings and an auditable process of all the changes to the project as it developed onsite. Craig enjoys detailing the special built features in our office fitout work and uses his skills in 3D modelling to design and demonstrate these ideas to our Clients. He has recently designed and documented a fitout for Seafood New Zealand.


Karys Regalado (Graduate Architect)

Karys completed her Architecture Degree in Venezuela before moving to New Zealand 12 years ago. On arrival, Karys completed a landscaping qualification at Lincoln University and completed all the requirements to achieve Architectural Registration in New Zealand. 

Karys is one of the space planning and sketch design team. In the earliest stages Karys works with the Client to explore how they work, completing space planning and test fit designs, and then moves into interpreting the Clients business expression in the fitout. By 3D modelling and an extensive understanding of the current products in the market, Karys brings the designs to life so that everyone can understand the design concepts. Karys also project manages her projects on site, being an effective communicator between the Client, architect, and construction team.

Lakshmi Lenora SLIA I, Dip BDes (RMIT)

Lakshmi joined workspace architects a year ago and has previously worked at Stephenson and Turner. Lakshmi obtained her Architectural qualifications in Sri Lanka as well as RMIT University in Melbourne. At RMIT she was the winner of the Sir George Verdon Award 1997 for excellence in Design and Workmanship in the field of Architectural Technology.

Lakshmi is an essential part of the Contract Documentation team and enjoys creating design spaces for offices, shops and the retail market.



Kate Galinski

Kate joined us four years ago as Office Manager. Since joining the company Kate has implemented the Xero accounting system and has redesigned our website. Her former experience in the workforce was in the field of marketing for a large international company and we welcome her work to present our portfolio to a wider audience. She works day to day in the practice ensuring that systems are in place for the appropriate management of our projects and interface with our Clients.

how we work

more than great design

To us, architecture is about the entire process - from asking the right questions to getting the squeaky door fixed after move in day. We take our clients on a journey so they feel as if they are part of the solution.

All our architects are members of the NZIA. Each year all members undergo continuing professional development to ensure skills and practices are completely up-to-date with current industry standards. As 'hand-on' architects we are trained to promote ourselves as the single point of contact for your project. An NZIA registered architect, with more than 20 years experience, will guide you through all stages of the project.

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