Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects was established in 1997 by John Melhuish and Max Herriot. The firm has just added long-term director Duval O’Neill to its name, rebranded and opened an Auckland studio. 2017 also marks the company’s 20th birthday.
While the practice’s headquarters remain in Wellington, in March the Auckland studio opened in Parnell, led by new director, Matt Pearson. The Christchurch office was established twelve years ago and is managed by Duval O’Neill.
Surviving and thriving after 20 years in business is something Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects is proud of. Founding directors John Melhuish and Max Herriot have seen plenty of ups and downs across those two decades, with the global financial crisis a particularly challenging time for most small to medium-sized practices.
John says, “Our team downsized considerably and it was really hard on everyone. Our focus shifted more to residential work and commercial interiors. We’ve built back up again and currently have projects across New Zealand, ranging from multi-unit housing and other commercial developments to new homes and, one of my favourites, public toilets for Hutt City Council”.
John and Max’s earliest collaborations include the NZIA award-winning commercial projects 10 Cambridge Tce, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Nga Waka Winery.
Herriot Melhuish O’Neill worked with graphic designer and branding consultant Jacqui Colley on its new look, which draws on the directors’ love of the New Zealand environment and stunning landscapes.