I grew up in Italy, the son of an architect, and was two thirds through a degree in architecture at Florence university when the tempting prospect of converting a farm house into a restaurant with my New Zealand girl friend cut short my studies. And yes, it was also because of her that I came to New Zealand, and started my solo practice in Christchurch in 1998, a move that offered greater freedom of design than remaining in historically-bound Italy.
Between Italy and New Zealand we spent a brief interlude in Panama, where I did a few small projects that required taking into account tropical conditions.
I like construction and have worked on a few of my projects. I think that fosters my interest in resolving design details as simply as possible and choosing local materials as a first preference. I like to keep in mind environmental considerations and efficiencies in running a house, which perhaps results in a tendency to be compact and minimal, and choosing energy-saving systems. In line with my Italian heritage I enjoy cooking (which seems to be appreciated!) and I am keen to ensure the kitchen functions well.
I am now based in Christchurch and Wanaka. I have a LBP Design Licence 2 and provide concept designs (and models if required) through to building consent documentation and small resource consents. I outsource engineering and other consultants if required.
Please note that I provide a free first consultation.