Utilising our commercial and residential experience to produce quality designs and creating beautiful buildings for our clients.  We aim to use our knowledge to positively improve and change people’s everyday lives both at work and at home and their experience of the environment. We vow to leave the environment in a better situation then we found it.


Communicate | Respond | Enjoy | Deliver

Design Excellence – We strive for design excellence in all projects no matter how big the project or small the budget. We have a creative team with multiple skills to offer quality solutions for any type of project.

Communicative – We respond openly, clearly and honestly to all communication in a timely fashion.

Accessible – Our team are always approachable for support and advice, easy to talk to and clients feel comfortable asking us anything.

Client Focused – We build long term relationships with our clients to create and facilitate unique solutions to their needs by engaging closely with our clients regularly through the process.

Professional  – Open, honest and transparent – we treat people with respect, value everyone input to the process to provide an educated solution which achieves positive results.

Experiencedwe have been in the business for over 28 years.  We understand our community, the industry and we have the relationships to get things done.

When producing quality design work, we pledge to communicate openly, honestly and in a timely fashion, being responsive to both the clients and the environmental needs. We aim to make the design process enjoyable for everyone involved by creating positive and exciting experiences by removing traditional designer/client barriers which create unnecessary stress. We pride ourselves on timely delivery, exceeding our client’s expectations and providing a beautiful built environment for our clients for years to come.

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Our Team



I completed my studies in Architecture at Victoria University in Wellington in 1982. Gained a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors in 1983. Following work experience in Wellington obtained registration as an architect in 1985.

My special fields of competence are in architectural restoration/refurbishment work (both residential and commercial), architectural design, documentation and administration of alterations to or new residential and commercial buildings. Feasibility studies for: group-housing schemes, comprehensive land developments, industrial and commercial developments. Interior office fit-out work. Project management of building contracts.

R L Vorstermans has had twenty two years of experience working within New Zealand.



Chris Taylor was born and lived in the Netherlands for 18 years, studied Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art – Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland, graduating with   Architecture BA Hons and Post Graduate Diploma. Chris has been working at Vorstermans Architects since 2005, and is working towards registering as Architect in New Zealand.Chris enjoys building good  relationships  with the project team: during the design process working with the client on their project, and then with consultants and contractors  involved to deliver the project, which hopefully exceeds the clients expectations when complete.

Chris is passionate about  design, ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) – or without the label,  good, sensible design with interests  in site responsive buildings, with clear design intent that  highlight  how the building and its occupants fit into the wider environment. “Good” design can be applied to every project of any scale and budget, and can positively improve and create interesting, efficient, healthy spaces for the occupants.



Growing up in Wellington has given me a real love for this city and it’s architecture. I enjoy every aspect of architecture, from design right through to construction, and feel privileged to be part of the process of helping people’s dreams become a reality. To me, architecture is very much a team effort, and everyone from the client to the contractor has an important part to play, each adding their own vision and expertise to the project. Working as an architect brings a new challenge every day, and I hope to continue being challenged, surprised, and inspired by the process well into the future.



Annie works as our team administrator and is responsible for the smooth running of the office. With her great love of renovating and design she is right at home working in the creative atmosphere of an Architecture practice. She also has qualifications in marketing and Journalism.

As well as being our administrator Annie produces our brochures, quarterly newsletter and keeps our Website up to date. She maintains our online presence through social media platforms Pinterest and Facebook.

Out of work hours she is an avid Gardener and is involved in several community Garden projects. At present she is part of the team fundraising for a Children’s Garden in Wellington’s Botanic Garden and sits on the committee of the friends of the botanic gardens.



Nick began his Architecture career in Christchurch obtaining a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. He then worked as an Architectural Technician, gaining valuable experience in Energy Efficient & Passive Solar Design. Nick then moved to Wellington where he studied Architecture at Victoria University.

He has a keen interest in the nitty gritty problem-solving side of construction; and enjoys finding opportunities for architectural design even in the minutiae of an unthought-of design detail. This idea also feeds into his interest in Generative Design – where data can create the build environment. Learning new computer tools to show new design solutions to helps us improve results.

Nick likes that Vorstermans can do anything; and enjoys helping clients complete their dreams!



Thomas graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Victoria University in 2017. He then took up a position as a draftsman, valuable experience that lead to him joining Vorstermans in April 2019. With the goal of becoming an architect Thomas seeks to expand his skill set and help enrich the built environment.

Thomas is passionate about architecture that works to enhance the comfort and wellbeing of its users. One idea he has a strong interest in is Biophilic Design – The concept that focuses on establishing direct and indirect connections between the natural and the built environments. The idea being that this connection can help improve occupant’s health and their relationship with the natural world, through the integration of natural materials, geometries and landscapes into the design of architecture.