| 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.
| LINDSAY GILLIES
B. Arch (hons)
Lindsay Gilles returned to Invercargill in 2020 after working for 22 years as an Architect in Brisbane, Australia. He has design experience in New Zealand, Australia and China. He has worked in the residential, retail, educational, commercial, health, defence, transport and urban design sectors. His work has encompassed both large scale master planning and smaller scale residential developments.
Though involved in the full range of work to provide architectural services Lindsay has concentrated on the front end of the projects; establishing the brief, producing the design and taking it through to the subsequent stages to ensure that the design intent was achieved. The common thread in Lindsay’s experience is his ability to design and represent the designs both through hand sketching and with digitally produced images.
While focused primarily on design his skill set encompasses a broad and detailed understanding of architectural practice. He has been involved in preparing development approvals, reports, interior design projects, working drawings and specification writing. He has a good understanding of structure and services, detailing and construction.
His design skills have been recognised with architectural design awards 18 times by the New Zealand and Australian Institute of Architects.
Most recently Lindsay has been involved in health projects primarily to bring design and architectural skills to the buildings. He has designed the buildings, master planned and executed detailed planning as part of the process.
| 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.
| JAN VENTER
Technical & BIM Lead
B. Arch (prof), N.Dip (tech)
Jan joined our practice in mid 2019 after 10 years industry experience in South Africa. During this time he gained a broad knowledge with several notable SA practices, being involved with a range of projects from large commercial / industrial works through to high end residential projects.
He has in-depth experience and expertise in applying appropriate technical knowledge, building technique and sustainability systems to create highly resolved buildable solutions. His well developed technical understanding and ability to effectively resolve complex problems with creative solutions comes from his ‘hands-on’ experience.
Jan manages our practice BIM / CAD systems and oversees associated policy and protocol development and implementation.
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.