Clendon Architects Limited is a contemporary practice based in Brooklyn, Wellington. We pride ourselves in creative ideas and solutions to enhance residential and small commercial projects.

We offer results that are tailored to your specific needs and wants. Space and context are key to us – we understand that families live differently to couples, and that weekend holiday houses function differently to mid-week urban homes.


What to expect from us

We offer results that are tailored to your specific needs and wants. Space and context are key to us – we understand that families live differently to couples, and that weekend holiday houses function differently to mid-week urban homes.

We work hard to translate the unique attributes of each site into a built expression. We understand that this is a big deal for you, and that you have both dreams to realise and budgets to work within. All the same, we like to challenge you to find fun and interest in your building adventure.

Who are we?

Dan graduated from Victoria University School of Architecture in 2001.

Dan learnt the trade from masters at Stephenson and Turner, Novak and Middleton, and Sir Norman Foster of Foster + Partners in London. More recently Dan worked with the late Sir Ian Athfield and the crew at Athfield Architects from 2008 until the birth of Clendon Architects in 2015.

Dan has a firm foundation in quality design, construction detailing and contract administration. He is familiar with all aspects of the building process and has great contacts throughout the industry.

Dan lives in a single bay villa with his wife Dot and three kids. In 2012 Dan undertook an ambitious rebuild and extension, doubling the floor plan while maintaining the integrity of the villa upfront and adding a modern extension out the back.

Dan would like to be a professional runner but has had to satisfy himself with once making the New Zealand mountain running team, and running a handy marathon on a regular basis. He enjoys musing about the state of the world, reading, skiing and tramping.

Sam has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Victoria University of Wellington. His previous careers have been in fine dining kitchens, a sourdough bakery and on construction sites back in Canada.

Sam’s architectural interests lie mostly in traditional building materials and using those materials to build a rich architectural texture.

Outside of work he enjoys cooking, eating, experimenting on his own home and exploring New Zealand.

Kristina has completed her final year of the Bachelor of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, and will be carrying on to complete a Masters of Architecture in 2021. Her previous jobs have been as a gymnastics and trampolining coach.

Kristina’s architectural interests lie in helping clients to have the best functioning version of their designs that they will always enjoy. She is also interested in sustainable systems as we start to think about the future of architecture.

Outside of work she is enjoying playing the Oboe in a couple of orchestras around Wellington, rock climbing and bouldering whenever possible, and going on fun adventures around New Zealand.


“Dan did the drawings and structural calculations for some internal modifications to our house. His work was well priced, delivered on time and communication was excellent. The job went very smoothly thanks to Dan’s attention to detail and we are very pleased with the results. We can thoroughly recommend him for any draughting and structural work. He is also a very pleasant and professional person to deal with.”

Bryan, Brooklyn House

“Daniel was easy to work with, listening to our requirements and delivering a design that was impressive on paper.  Throughout the design process he presented options and innovations that challenged us on what we really wanted.  Although the project was in a different location, Daniel worked well with the builder and sub contractors dealing quickly with issues that arose.  And the final outcome?  It exceeded our expectations.”

Mike, St Arnaud Bach

“I am a builder and asked Dan to design a new 3 level family home – my last build before I retired. I was working to a tight budget and the site was tricky with a big hill around it and several houses very nearby.  Dan designed the house, including all the necessary council documentation. I found Dan to be methodical, energetic and had a great attention to detail. He maximized the use of the site and created a very bold and attractive design. The project was very successful for me, and Dan was an integral part of that success. I would strongly recommend him for any new house build project.”

Adrian, Eastbourne House

“Having Dan on our project team gave us confidence to push the boundaries.  He took our ideas and shaped them into a design that exceeded our expectations.  We have been delighted with the outcome and love what the extension has done for us – it has delivered much more than we would have expected.  Thanks Dan!”

Nick & Rose, Baty House

“Dan has worked on two projects that, while both small, required technical, engineering and consenting issues that Dan managed seamlessly.  He presented well thought out design options that felt modern while respecting the era of the house, and that have greatly improved the way the house can be lived in.  A definite recommendation.”

Rosemary, Mt Victoria Renovation


The diversity of our projects range from a rural retreat in St Arnaud in Nelson Lakes National Park, using simple, natural materials that reflect the environment, to a modern home that was a series of boxes in the popular Eastbourne hills. A personal project that involved adding a modern extension to a traditional villa, and an update to a double bay villa that retained the heritage features.

Thinking about using an architect

What does an architect offer?

An architect can help turn your dreams into reality. The architect will work with you to establish what is important to you. Good design is critical to any construction project. The architect will bring a creative solution to a problem and ensures all aspects of design are considered; from the finest details through to the grandest of masterplans.  An architect will provide creative and professional thinking to a project to achieve the best result.

Building is a complicated process with many factors affecting the various outcomes.

The architect will guide you through the entire process, from initial investigations to planning, design, consent issues, required construction documents, obtaining construction tenders, and overseeing the contract on site.

The architect’s role includes:

Site investigations
Finding use of other professionals
Working within timeframes
Working through resource and building consent issues with council
Developing concepts into a construction package
Negotiating contracts
Administering the contract between building contractor and client, and dealing with issues
The architect can manage a project from the very beginning to the very end.

The architect can help you to work through the key issues.
We can provide you with a no obligations visit.


If you are looking for architectural advice to help you with your next project, please get in touch.  We would love to discuss your project with you.