Based in the Welington studio, Max Herriot, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, founded the practice with John Melhuish in 1997 as Herriot + Melhuish Architecture. Prior to HMA, Max had his own business, Max Herriot Design. From 1984-1988, he worked for a London based practice, Michael Aukett Associates. Max has a broad experience across a range of building types including commercial building refurbishments, hospitality projects, commercial fit outs, and more recently larger scale commercial campus projects including the Vogel Integrated Campus and the Bowen Integrated Campus. His focus has been on initial design concepts, design development, through to coordination of documentation, with a specific interest in detail as well as structural solutions, providing a connection to his engineering background. Max grew up in Wellington’s Eastbourne Bays. A keen sportsman, he played basketball for New Zealand and is now a regular in the K2 and Lake Taupo Cycling Challenges. He lives in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore, when not escaping to the Kapiti Coast beach house he co-owns with friends.
Key Projects: Project Director for: Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Auckland (2014); Trade Me Office Fit-Out, Wellington (2012); Westpac Regional Stadium Team Change Facilities and Deloitte Clubroom Upgrade, Wellington (2012-2013); Design Architect for: St Bede’s College Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2010); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington (2007); VUW Recreation Centre, Wellington (2006); Vogel Integrated Campus, Wellington (2006); Silverscreen Productions/Oktobor Auckland (2002); New Zealand Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Wellington (2000); Silverscreen Productions/Oktober, Wellington (2000).
John Melhuish, NZ Registered Architect, FNZIA, manages the Wellington studio with Max Herriot. Prior to co-founding Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 1997, John worked for a decade for one of New Zealand’s most high profile practices, Athfield Architects. Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015) was a mentor; his design philosophy and studio culture is an ongoing inspiration for the practice. John has both led and worked within large and diverse project teams, with a focus on achieving the best quality through the co-ordination and collaboration of other design disciplines. John has extensive experience in a wide range and scale of projects and a particular interest in the contemporary adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. He believes in a strong emphasis on the craft of detail throughout the design process. John is currently Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council for BRANZ, was a member of the Wellington City Council Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Wellington Waterfront from 2005-2011 and a member of NZIA Council from 2009-2014. A Napier Boys High School old boy, John played hockey for New Zealand from 1981 to1986, is now a proud hockey-Dad, avid trail-runner and occasional surfer. He lives in Strathmore, Wellington.
Key Projects: Project Director for: TSB Arena Refurbishment, Wellington (2015- ); NZX Fit-Out, Wellington (2014-15); Soltius NZ Office Fit-Outs, Wellington + Auckland (2011-2014); 3 Queens Wharf Refurbishment, Wellington (2012); VUW Rec Centre Refurbishment (2006); City Chambers Refurbishment(2004); Silverscreen, Wellington and Auckland; 10 Cambridge Tce, Wellington; Design Architect for: Newmarket Railway Station (with Opus), Auckland (2010); Devonport Navy Museum (with Opus), Auckland (2011); Maori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington (2010); Freyberg Building Refurbishment, Wellington (2010); 119 Ghuznee Street Office Redevelopment, Wellington (2008); Bowen Integrated Campus, Wellington 2007; VUW Theatre and Film Refurbishment (2007); City Chambers Refurbishment, Wellington (2003); Silverscreen Productions, Wellington (2000); New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Wellington (2000); 10 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington (1998); Project Architect (for Athfield Architects): VUW Student Union Building (1989).
Duval O'Neill, NZ Registered Architect; ANZIA, manages the Christchurch studio. Duval joined Herriot + Melhuish Architecture in 2002, working on both commercial and residential projects. In January 2005, the pull home to the mainland became too much so Duval established the Christchurch studio where he quickly established strong relationships within the Canterbury construction sector, and acquired a strong portfolio of committed clients, including St Bedes College. Duval became an Associate with HMA in 2005 and a Director in 2007. He was lead architect on the Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011), a finalist in the 2013 Home of the Year. Prior to HMOA, in 1996 Duval worked in architectural practices in London on a range of large-scale urban regeneration projects, commercial developments and quality roof-top housing developments. Back in New Zealand in 2000, he worked with Stephenson and Turner (NZ) Ltd on large-scale commercial projects where he became an Associate. Proudly born and bred in Southland, Duval lives in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant but regularly explores Central Otago on both his mountain bike and skis. Read a Q&A with Duval on our blog.
Key projects: O’Neill House, Christchurch (2016); St Bedes College Gymnasium stage 2,(2014 - current) St Bede’s College Brodie Classrooms Refurbishment, Christchurch (2011); St Bede’s College Master Planning, Christchurch (2012 - current); St Bedes College Wearmouth Boarding Accommodation, Christchurch (2011); Les Mills Gymnasium, Christchurch (2011 - 2012); Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant, Christchurch (2013); Kathmandu NZ Headquarters, Christchurch (2013); Gloucester Street Apartments refurbishment, Christchurch (2011 - current); Rutherford House Rebuild, Christchurch (2013 - current); Clifton Hill House, Christchurch (2011).
Matt Pearson, NZ Registered Architect, ANZIA, runs the Auckland studio, with John and Max regularly travelling between all the three centres. As well as his own architectural projects, Matt is well connected to all sectors of the building industry. On graduating from Auckland University in 1990, he bought a ute and a drop-saw and started his own development projects, initially designing and building small houses in his childhood home of Manurewa, before moving onto complex buildings including apartment blocks in the Auckland ‘city fringe’. In between his own developments, in 1998 Matt worked in London for SKF Architects. Matt joined Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects in 2016. He lives with his young family in Newmarket, but thrives on the surf in Raglan where he spends many weekends.
Key Projects: Designer of Epsom Central Apartment on Manukau Rd (2016). Designer and Project Manager for Momentum Apartments on College Hill Freemans Bay (2013-14) Designer and Builder of Deeney House, Remuera (2005). Designer and Builder of 25 Cheshire Street Apartments (2001-2). Designer and Builder of 2 Atarangi Rd Apartments (1998).