Practicality and comfort are so fundamental to quality building, form and space. The heart should leap, the eyes should widen and the soul should sing. This is the aim of architecture.
BBSc, BArch (hons), F.N.Z.I.A
“Everyday life is where the important things happen”.
John established JMA in 1990 with an intent to produce quality, unique New Zealand architecture. From residential work he has developed the practice into a wide ranging entity that still predominantly creates enduring design driven homes and alterations.
A side from ensuring that every project is designed and managed to the last detail, John is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute or Architects, has been a convenor and a member of Local NZIA and other National award juries, and has been a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture.
John believes the story begins and ends with the client. By understanding who they are and what they value, John is committed to creating spaces that will work for the client as well today as they do in twenty years time.
Mark joined JMA in 2003, bringing fifteen years experience in a wide range of commercial and residential architectural projects. He has a strong background in commercial, healthcare and governmental sectors, having previously worked as a designer for Worley Consultants where he was involved in numerous projects throughout New Zealand.
Mark’s specialist skills include working-drawing documentation, specification writing, interior design and project management. His pragmatic approach to architecture enables him to co-ordinate with a diverse range of consultants, integrate client needs and deliver projects to a deadline and within budget.
Becca Lewis has recently joined the John Mills team, following her thesis year and a semester abroad where she combined the fun of travel with the fun of architecture. Entering her thesis after this time in Los Angeles continued this playful path back to Wellington.
Her thesis explores an architectural language rooted in playfulness and creativity. It develops an iterative, elemental, somewhat subconscious, design approach creating a series of art, architecture and urban compositions.
“Excited by the green lava lamp and the immersive watercolours happening above; John Mills iconic hub is a colourful, fun spot to begin my career and take that step into the profession.”
Our newest recruit Lewis Ellison is an adopted Wellingtonian originally hailing from the deep south. He joined the John Mills team after pursing his sustainability focused thesis research project.
His thesis looked into regenerative design and sought to create architecture that contributes positively to the surroundings it occupies. He employed a human scaled design approach to blend the natural world with human occupation. He is excited to continue pursing people centered design with the team at John Mills Architects.
When he’s not at the office you’ll find him enjoying pottery, gardening or playing gigs around the city.