Our Team

Craig South

Registered Architect/Director

As director of the company, Craig has a key leadership role within the practice. He enjoys working closely with clients throughout their architectural journey.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

I was always good at technical drawing at school, so the pathway was clear. As the design opportunities presented through the late 2000’s I found the passion for the creative side of architecture. Seeing our creations come to life, connecting with clients drives me to continue to create unique spaces for people to enjoy.

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

Although I have not travelled a lot, a journey to Italy was inspiring with the history that is embedded in the architecture, amazing! I enjoy visiting small towns throughout NZ and Australia and learning about the history of ‘the place’. Looking beyond the what and understanding the why. Family car journeys, through small towns introduced me to a love of old books.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

Brewing Beer! Over the last few years, my family has introduced me to the craft of brewing beer. The fun of ‘Brew Day’ with family and friends, then the sampling and sharing.

What is your proudest moment?

Without a doubt, having an amazing wife and three beautiful daughters! Enjoying life as a family and celebrating each milestone together is what keeps the balance.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

A little outside the square, but I would like to have dinner with ‘past me’, probably at 25, teach him to enjoy a few craft beers and to give some perspective and guidance, so that he focuses on enjoying the right things. Then a follow up dinner with ‘future me’ to see how I went!

 

Paulina Porebska

Senior Architectural Designer

As a Senior Architectural Designer, Paulina leads projects alongside Craig. She has extensive experience in private healthcare fit-outs as well as residential, hospitality and interiors.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

While travelling around Europe I’ve had a moment of reflection on one warm summer evening sitting across an old castle and contemplating it’s architectural form that would be really cool to create places which become witnesses of changing life & history. I still haven’t designed any castle… but any building, big or small,  becomes canvas for memories (I wish that only the good ones).

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

I was quite obsessed to visit was Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana & designed by Le Corbusier. “The general feeling seems to be that he [Le Corbusier] took on the task primarily as a way of justifying his theories,” wrote the New Yorker in 1955. “He is almost 70, it is pointed out, and thus far most of those theories have been tried only on paper”.

So  I was mesmerized by the idea of a model modern city promising peace, democracy and a new social order with monumental buildings and huge squares. To be honest it was extremely hot and those massive plazas did not provide any shelter and I felt quite exhausted and confused wandering around massive building which lacked human scale so to be honest I didn’t really enjoy it.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

I’ve always loved nature & animals so I’d love to be a marine biologist because I could dive & research!

What is your proudest moment?

Becoming Mum

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Marie Curie. She was Polish. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She also championed the development of X-Ray and I was working on design of 5 different Radiology Departments in Christchurch and I became quite interested in the topic.

Kyla Davies

Interior Designer

As an Interior Designer with South Architects, Kyla has a key role in most projects. She works closely with clients and designers throughout their interior design and finishes selection process.

 

Why did you choose Architecture/Interiors as a career?

It was a natural progression…  I had been in the fashion industry and during my own home renovation I discovered that Interiors combined design and technology in a lasting and impactful way.

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

The most memorable trip was to Milan for design week!  Incredible design, great people.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

In a studio making strange things you never knew you needed.

What is your proudest moment?

My daughter using her phone app to measure her flat’s bedroom for furniture.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?  

David Bowie – no explanation necessary!

Anna South

Office Manager

Anna is responsible for the day to day running of the company.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

I didn’t! Although I love working in an architect’s office. It’s fantastic to work with creative people, I’m learning a lot too!

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

Whilst I am yet to travel the world, architecture has reminded me of the joys of looking up! When you’re out with this bunch you look around a lot more, observing the detail in everything. It’s introduced me to a whole new perspective.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

Something outside. I love learning about plants so maybe botany?

What is your proudest moment?

Motherhood provides you with some extremely proud moments. Too many to choose just one!

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

I would go to dinner with my Grandad. I would love to be able to talk to him about everything that we have achieved, and I would love to have the opportunity to give him one last hug.

Abby Lowe

Senior Architectural Technician

Abby is a highly experienced technician. Her vast knowledge is an asset to the technical team, both in the office and during site observations.

 

Why did I choose Architecture?

In Year 12 at St Andrews College I had an amazing Graphics teacher who introduced me to technical drawing. I loved the challenge of understanding the details of how a building was put together as well as the more creative side where I could help to bring a design to life. I was also intrigued by the computer technology in creating 3D images which 17 years ago was still very basic compared to what can be achieved today.

Where in the World has Architecture taken you?

A career in Architecture has enabled me to travel on holidays to Australia and America. I will never forget my trip to Melbourne and my visit to the Eureka Tower which has the tallest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere!

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

Baking is my other passion. If I didn’t choose Architecture as my first career I think I would have studied in the Culinary Arts.

What is your proudest moment?

My proudest moment in my career was seeing a home completed on site which I worked on from the very beginning when it was just a sketch by the Architect. Seeing the smiles on the clients face as they proudly showed off every space and I could see all my detailing come to life.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

I would choose Dinner with my late Grandad, Tex. He was always so proud of me and I miss him very much.

Angela Pennington

Architectural Graduate

Angela works in the office part time, currently involved on projects as they move through documentation and construction observation.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

In high school I really enjoyed the subject Graphics, particularly the architectural assignments. We had a lot more homework for Graphics than any other subject, but I really enjoyed it, and didn’t mind staying up late to get it done. I thought if I can enjoy homework, then this is what I should do as a career.

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

Architecture school took me to Wellington, which is not that far away, but really opened my eyes to what a compact, walkable city could look like. We lived centrally and walked everywhere – to the weekly veggie markets; along the waterfront; to class; to cafes or the Supermarket. Wellington taught me a lot about great urban design, particularly outside the classroom.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

Something in the sustainability sphere. I strongly believe in meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Outside of South Architects I am also a mum to our wonderful toddler, so perhaps I would be spending more time with her.

What is your proudest moment?

There are lots of moments in life that I’m thankful for and proud of, such as achievements in waste reduction at large events that I facilitated;  speaking to large groups about sustainability; graduating from University; and modelling complex roofs in ArchiCAD. But the most wonderful achievement so far is of course bringing our daughter Emma into this world.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

My Grandmother who passed away when I was 10. There are lots of questions I would ask her now as an adult that I didn’t know to ask as a child.

Campbell Jones

Architectural Graduate

Campbell works on projects from early concept through to documentation and construction observation.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

I don’t quite recall how architecture ended up being my career – It’s a total blur. However, I used to draw a lot when I was a kid, and I used to design all sorts of things. I had a few family members who persuaded me to study architecture. So, I think I took my lead from that, I wanted to pursue something that meant I could design and draw, and always be in ‘my happy place.’

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

I’ve been to a few places, but I was very quick in deciding to live in another city to study architecture.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

I was obsessed (and probably still am obsessed) with aircraft, vehicles, transportation, and pretty much anything that moves (fast!). So, I would have been a pilot.

What is your proudest moment?

I think being able to sign off the first fully built project I was involved in, was a very proud moment.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

It would probably would be my Pop. Unfortunately he didn’t live to see me get into architecture, and he was one of the driving forces who persuaded me to take this path. It would be awesome to ‘fill him on’ on where architecture has taken me.

Josh Paul

Junior Architectural Technician

Josh is part of the technical delivery of projects, and learning lots under the guidance of others in the office.

 

Why did you choose Architecture as a career?

We interact with architecture on a daily basis and I have always been keen to be a part of the shaping and molding of that.

Where in the world has architecture taken you?

I specifically moved down to Christchurch from Wellington to study at Ara.

If you weren’t in architecture, what would you be doing?

I have a passion for cooking as well. So most likely a chef of some sort.

What is your proudest moment?

Winning part timer of the year at the Robert Hannah Awards.

Dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Philip Johnson. I did a lot of research on during my studies and found his work quite interesting.