Shaw & Shaw Architects
we are registered architects


Our Story

Shaw & Shaw Architects is Geordie and Emma Shaw
working from CHRISTCHURCH

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We met at the Wellington School of Architecture in 2007, and spent five years studying, sketching and sticking models together, before getting married (in our favourite building, John Scott’s Futuna Chapel).

After completing our Masters degrees we gained experience under some of New Zealand’s leading architects. Working on projects ranging from a farmhouse in Mangatahi to townhouses for iwi in Newtown; from a Bowling Club in Hataitai to a sports complex in Thames; and from fixing a leaky home in Raumati to a Church seismic upgrade in Te Aro.

We started Shaw & Shaw Architects so we could focus on what matters to us, which is making good architecture accessible to Kiwis. We are a New Zealand Institute of Architects practice, and Geordie is a Registered Architect.



how we
can help

Building or renovating a home can be overwhelming. We simplify the entire process, starting with a Meet & Greet to see if we’re on the same wavelength. From here we arrange a low cost Project Workshop where we’ll ask a ton of questions about you and your project. We’ll also walk you through the design and building process, advise on timeframes, and outline our services and fees. Everything is summarised in a Project Proposal document, giving us a solid foundation to build on (hah!).

We begin the design process with a site visit, looking at maximising sunlight, views, privacy, shelter, and working within the legal parameters. A few coffees later, and everything we’ve discovered is funneled into sketch concepts. Making sure our creative solutions match your dollars to the dream. A 3D digital model is created, allowing virtual walkthroughs of your home as it is being designed. If necessary we engage engineers and other consultants, using the 3D model to coordinate with them. This process ensures we submit for consent with everything just right, reducing consenting and building delays.

We can also help with selecting a qualified builder, running the construction contract, observing on site, and advocating for your interests during the build. We’re team players and know that a great project requires a good architect, good builder, and good client all working together toward the same goal.


Love Letters

how our

“Shaw & Shaw Architects went over and beyond to successfully complete a high quality project with limited budget and restrictive time. Their professionalism was clearly displayed throughout, particularly in time management. The couple walked through each stage of the process with me, so I felt on top of the project the whole time. Another quality I appreciated was how they kept the project within scope and budget. It was easy for me to lose sight and start adding extra bells and whistles. They respectfully reminded me about the original vision and brought solutions tailored to my budget, the outcome of their respectful and client-focused approach was a top quality build. I highly recommend this power couple. They are young, passionate, yet professional, trustworthy, and filled with brilliant, and right ideas.”
— Frank Hsu, Wellington

Frank Hsu portrait
“Working with our budget in mind Geordie and Emma steered us towards design ideas that would maximise the impact of our finance in the right places, and were clear on design choices that weren’t going to fit this and why. We were surprised at just how much say we were able to have throughout the process, with Geordie and Emma always taking our ideas into consideration and valuing what we valued— the end result being a true combination of everything we wanted with their design expertise.”
— Josh & Reegan Stewart, Wellington

Josh & Reegan Stewart portrait
I was overwhelmed with how much there was to do, but thanks to Emma and Geordie, everything was made simple and stress free. They managed to do everything via email and phone as I live in a different city. I found them extremely thorough and passionate and they thought of things that I wouldn’t have even considered. I felt that their approach to design was modern and the ideas they had were ‘outside of the box’ thinking. Emma and Geordie go above and beyond and nothing was too much to ask!
— Toni Cleaver, Tauranga

Toni Cleaver portrait