Founded in 2007, Karsten Architecture Ltd specialises in designing and delivering site specific architectural projects around New Zealand. We offer concept designs and feasibility studies through to planning applications, construction documentation, and contract administration services for both residential and commercial projects.
Our team is passionate about creating environmentally-friendly homes that meet the needs of our clients and we believe that design can have a positive influence for clients, the environment, and society. Successful design is built on supportive and honest partnerships with our clients, and we provide clients with a clear path through the design and build process.
As founder and director of Karsten Architecture Ltd, Tony Karsten is a designer with a unique understanding of both the design and build processes. He spent several formative years in the building industry before training in architecture and this experience gives him a strong practical understanding of construction. Tony enjoys getting to know new clients and his inclusive approach has fostered many long-standing relationships with clients, builders and consultants and results in enjoyable and successful projects. Out of the office he enjoys gardening, cycling and spending time with his family.
Senior Architectural Technician
Mark has an in-depth knowledge of technical and design aspects of architecture, and he expertly supports the practice with his knowledge of current building regulations issues and all technical aspects of construction. He has helped deliver a wide range of small and detailed as well as large and complex projects through all project phases. Outside of architecture, Mark enjoys spending time with this family in the outdoors especially yachting in Nelson Harbour.
Nicole came to us as a graduate after completing her architectural degree at Ara and we have enjoyed watching her confidently conquer increasingly challenging projects. She is very motivated to grow as a designer and develop her technical skills and she excels at both architectural design work and Council communications. Nicole is a very creative person and outside of architecture, she undertakes ambitious sewing projects and dog training.
Pip keeps the office running smoothly and her responsibilities span the business, administrative, HR, finance and IT needs of the practice, providing support to the entire team. When not in the office she loves spending time in the outdoors with her daughters, tramping and swimming.
Polly works hard to provide a warm welcome to all visitors and encourages staff to take her on outdoor micro breaks to improve everyone’s wellbeing.
We believe that successful design is built on supportive and honest partnerships with our clients. We approach each of our designs with site-specific ideas and client-driven inspiration, working closely to create cohesive and elegant solutions for modern homes. Karsten Architectural Design prides itself on complying with ADNZ Code of Ethics.
Responding to several objectives I sought to achieve, Tony developed an outstanding plan that transformed my tired 1970’s era house into a thoroughly modern comfortable home that is ideally suited to my needs. This project was also undertaken while I was overseas and he helped me navigate the many choices and issues that arose during such an extensive renovation. I very much appreciate the work done by Tony and his team which has led to exactly the outcome I was looking for.