Stufkens+Chambers Architects

89 Gardiners Road (temporary), Christchurch, 92 Second Avenue, Tauranga, NZ

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Stufkens+Chambers Architects is a talented, progressive practice with award-winning registered principals who take great pride in consistently delivering quality architectural design that offers creative, innovative and functional spatial solutions to a wide range of clients, developers, organisations and government bodies.

We have experience and expertise in a wide range of projects and take great pride in consistently delivering creative architecture and interior design solutions to commercial, residential, retail, office and hospitality clients. Our approach is to work collaboratively and to challenge and inspire each other to find the best possible outcomes on each project.

The practice goes beyond the replication of style and convention and approaches each idea or project from a foundation of considered research, drawing inspiration from the contextual surroundings, the landscape and its textures and light. Referencing these they will interpret their relevance so your built space sits elegantly within the environment selected. Stufkens+Chambers continually strive for architectural clarity, logic, functionality and an element of delight in all their conceptual design work, ambitiously striving to meet or exceed your expectations from concept and design to specification and build.

As qualified architects, great emphasis is placed on the quality of the detailing, not just structurally and artistically but the continually referencing the experience inside and outside the space as the guide to a more 'wholistic' solution embraces everything from the architectural idea to the nature of the construction materials used to express it. 

At Stufkens + Chambers, we are also a proud member of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGCB) a not-for profit, industry organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of market-based green building practices.

Underpinning all our work is a technical excellence and effective project management that provides direction, advice and guidance throughout the building process. Complimenting this, we only operate under best practice processes and risk management solutions that only enhance your experience.

One vision... two approaches. Sharing a considered point of view, Steven and Marcus deliver their own unique brand of architectural inspiration, creativity and design…

Stufkens + Chambers pride themselves on the creation of innovative and functional design solutions that tell a story, meet budgets and enhance rather than detract from the environment. Marcus Stufkens and Steven Chambers have built their reputations as an industry leader on providing clients with both high quality design and outstanding personal service – evidenced by numerous awards and high percentage of repeat business for their architectural practice.

As individuals, their partnership is founded on diversity and the juxtaposition of thinking they can offer the client as well as the collective practice. Not content in following one defining principle in delivering their work, each harnesses their own unique point of view.

In Stevens' case his articulated consideration explores a more soulfully creative response to the project.

His passion for design solutions ensures that innovation and fresh thinking breathe life into a client’s vision. With over 25 years industry experience, Steven firmly believes that his good grasp on both pragmatics and aesthetics ensures the difference between an ordinary project and an extra- ordinary one.

Architecture that responds to its context and creates a sense of place, reflects Steven’s sense of responsibility to our enduring built environment. Steven has been a regular guest speaker on design at National Hospitality Industry Conferences, and currently sits on the Creative Arts Advisory Panel at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, the Tauranga City Council Public Arts advisory Board, and is a committee member of the NZIABay of Plenty/Waikato Region.

Marcus’ intuitive reaction to a project produces spontaneous ideas, snapping into place with creative ease.

Marcus is one of the founding Directors of Stufkens + Chambers Architects. Marcus brings to the practice a wealth of design talent and business management ability. His strengths include an extensive portfolio of projects. Marcus puts much of his success down to having a very client focused approach, while also finding and maintaining a successful design balance.

As a commitment to achieving client needs Marcus maintains a full time involvement in all facets of the project from inception through to completion ensuring the highest level of continuity and service is provided. As well as being exceptionally motivated and proactive, Marcus believes architecture is about people.

Marcus believes it’s important to establish good working relationships generating insightful and innovative architectural responses.

Together they offer the client a unique perspective on architecture and its application in the real world. Sometimes their work requires more knowledge than any one single person possesses. This diametric relationship provides the foundation for a creativity that offers a different perspective that can lead to new insights, greater ideas, and inspired creative solutions.

Their work goes beyond replication and convention. By drawing inspiration from the location, landscape, texture and light, the work strives for clarity, logic, functionality and a sense of delight, all made tangible through a high level personal engagement and creativity.

Great design starts with sound ideas. At the heart of our philosophy is the design of buildings and spaces that fit effortlessly into their environment and context.

Many years of practicing architecture has enabled us to hone what we believe to be the essential pillars of architecture, which underpin all of our work:  

Architecture with a purpose.

Creating meaningful, vital and inclusive social spaces. We are responsible for shaping not only a project’s program, but also its larger civic role of enabling and enriching the community.
We are responsible for designing buildings and spaces that address human needs and aspirations.

Responding to the essence of place

Our solutions evolve in response to the context that defines a place – local and regional characteristics of landscape, climate, cultural heritage, and contemporary life. 
Celebrating the unique character of each place, we create buildings that belong.

Architecture that is buildable

Architecture is not about building the impossible, it is about building what makes sense for a specific program and for a particular setting. It is about allowing the specific qualities of materials and processes of construction to inform the design.
We find elegant solutions that reflect the big picture in the details.

Building responsibly

Sustainability is a guiding principle of our work. As architects we have a responsibility to respond to the issues of energy conservation, of ecology, and of renewable materials. 
We have to use resources efficiently while we advance our clients’ goals. We always aim to preserve and harness resources and try to construct the most with the least.

 

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