Welcome to Sean Harris Architect Limited

Our aim is to work with you to provide good design to achieve the best solution, in the best way for you, your budget and the environment,
in doing so “completing the circle”.

Nature creates beautiful structures that inspire and we’re inspired by nature to create beautiful built structures that fit and enhance an environment.

Whatever the landscape, budget or scope of your project, we listen and work with you to provide the best design, best solution and best outcome to the highest standard guided by our principles based on the Building Biology and Ecology Institute (BBE).

Our philosophy - to close the circle – comes from our holistic approach to architecture and our belief in sustainable and ecological building.

Sean completed the Passive Haus Design Certification course in 2018 with the Passive House Academy New Zealand. We are currently designing a fully certified passive house in Kinloch.

Sean is a registered NZ Architect and a BBE advisor.

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Our Projects

New Build

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space – Louis Kahn

From the seed of an idea to completion, every project is unique. It’s one of the reasons we love our work – collaborating to create and craft new spaces that perfectly suit your site, your purpose, your budget and your style.

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Buildings should serve people, not the other way around – John Portman

In all areas of our lives, needs change over time. We’re experienced in sensitive renovations and work alongside you to develop your existing property so it meets your lifestyle requirements in today’s world.

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One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again. Renzo Piano

Our passion is for sustainable, energy efficient homes and buildings.
Our philosophy - to close the circle – comes from our holistic approach and our design ethic is to craft energy efficient, low energy and zero energy homes.

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Architecture is the art and science of making our cities and our buildings fit the way we want to live our lives. Bjarke Ingels

Good design for the places and spaces we use as a community reflect our social and cultural values and it’s important to do it well. As well, our design and construction must consider New Zealand’s seismically active nature.

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Form follows function. Frank Lloyd Wright

We serve industry to design, renovate and develop functional, safe buildings. Our aim and our experience make it a seamless process for you - with Council, contractors and engineers we ensure that every detail is spot on and compliant.

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As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future, which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster

To protect and enhance New Zealand’s heritage buildings involves sensitivity as well as skill and knowledge. These buildings link us to our past and Sean Harris has the experience and wisdom to modernise historic structures.

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Our Process






At Sean Harris Architects our goal is the complete the circle by providing a personal service from design, documentation, contract & site administration.

We are able to provide a full service from start to finish for large & small projects including;

  • Concept design and feasibility
  • Developed design
  • Detailed documentation for consent & tendering
  • Project administration & site observation
  • Practical completion & final hand over to the client, after the maintenance period has finished

Our Speciality

Eco Homes

Our passion is for sustainable, energy efficient houses. Eco friendly, passive house design service.

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Sean Harris, is my preferred Architect for my company, Hozho Homes Ltd. Sean is professional, conscientious and thorough. He listens well to my brief and delivers accordingly. I enjoy working with Sean and would highly recommend Sean as an Architect.

Yours truly, Brian Smith (Director Hozho Homes).