| ROGER BEATTIE
Practice Director/Registered Architect
B. Arch (hons), NZCD, Reg. Arch, ANZIA
Roger has over 30 years experience within the field of architecture, both in New Zealand and the UK.
Raised in rural Southland, Roger originally trained as an architectural technician whilst working for a local practice. He then combined further study and overseas travel before completing a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Auckland in 1997. After graduation he remained in Auckland working for several notable practices before establishing his own successful practice. In 2010 he returned with his young family to his home town of Invercargill as a Director of Beattie McDowell Architects Ltd.
Roger enjoys being actively involved in community work. He is a former Director of the Invercargill Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and recently applied his professional skills to assist the very successful Rotary House fund raising project with the Combined Invercargill Rotary Clubs.
Roger is an active participant within the architecture profession and the wider design and construction industries. He has been a member of the NZ Institute of Architects Southern Branch Committee since 2012, currently holding the office of Treasurer, and is formerly the Southern Branch representative to the national NZIA Council. He is an invited member of the Registered Master Builders Southland Executive Committee and the Southern Institute of Technology Architectural Advisory Committee.
Working with a diverse range of clients, Roger has been involved with a broad array of projects of varying scale, type and scope - including low cost and high end residential, education, offices, commercial, hospitality, retail, industrial, community / public facilities, urban design and interior fit out projects. He has experience in all aspects of architect’s service and with a variety of delivery, procurement and contractual models.
Roger believes the key to a successful project outcome is having a good understanding of the client’s needs, aspirations and expectations. Team work and collaboration, be it with clients, specialist consultants, contractors, building professionals or other stakeholders, is an essential component to ensure successful and appropriate project outcomes.
| LIZ BUXTON
B. Arch (hons)
Liz worked for eight years in the Middle East and Africa using her architecture and design skills on a wide range of church and community projects prior to joining our team. These ranged from the redesign of the Amman Baptist School (Amman, Jordan), medical facilities in South Sudan (SIM Doro, South Sudan) to a Christian Youth Training Centre in Kenya (One-Life Africa) and residential accommodation for mission counsellors with AIM Kenya (Tumaini, Nairobi).
Liz enjoys a collaborative approach to design and the opportunities and relationships created when working with community groups and other stakeholders. She has enjoyed working with a wide range of people from local chiefs meeting under a tree in Africa to government officials in the Middle East. She has learnt to view her role as a facilitator in the design process and to value the unique contribution that each community makes to the design process and outcome.
Liz has worked in London on high-end residential projects and she ran her own architectural practice in Dunedin focusing on educational and residential projects whilst working co-operatively on various educational, commercial and institutional projects with others.
| NEIL MCMILLAN
Senior Technician / Technical Manager
Neil has over 35 years experience in the design and construction industry. He previously worked with our practice, ran his own design business and worked with other related local businesses for a number of years prior to rejoining our team. Neil also spent time as senior technical advisor with a local council advising building owners, contractors, designers, council staff and others on technical and building code compliance requirements.
Neil has a broad range of experience within the industry and is highly experienced in all areas of design development, construction documentation, specification writing and associated areas of service delivery. His strengths lie in his extensive project experience, technical knowledge, office and process management skills and his ability to lead and manage a project delivery team.
Neil has previously lead teams developing various new build Medical Centres throughout the South Island as well as leading the delivery of a wide range of commercial, residential, industrial and community projects.
In addition to the above key people, our team currently includes a practice administrator and three skilled technical staff, proficient in design development, technical and presentation documentation.