Our values

INNOVATION

We value innovation and creativity and we aim to provide high quality, energy-efficient buildings not only for our clients but also for the future generations with passion.

RESPECT

We have respect towards you, your aspirations and your building. Understanding vision, expectations and skill set of all those involved ensures a smooth, enjoyable relationship, after all. We appreciate the diverse voices of New Zealand and respect different cultures.

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CONNECTION

We like to connect with our clients, to listen, teach and learn to deliver excellent outcomes. In the OSA open plan office, we’ll bounce off each other to provide the full-service you deserve.

HEALTH

We are strongly passionate about healthier homes to help enhance the lifestyle of the community. If we can contribute to the landscape of future generations health and happiness, we’ve done our job.

Who we are

OSA is a practice providing a range of Architectural, Planning, and Consulting services. Our goal is to create value through innovative, inspirational yet environmentally sustainable architecture that will stand the test of time. We’ve joined the Superhome Movement to help drive our goal.

The practice was established in Auckland in 1988. Today it has grown to include a team with over 30 years of experience in the fields of Architecture & Planning. The ability to provide a quality design in cost-effective ways has led to our growing reputation. Beginning in Waitakere, our client base has grown over the last 30 years to service all areas of New Zealand from Tutukaka to Wanaka, and projects undertaken in the Pacific Islands. Our combination of strong design management and coordination skills have allowed us to deliver successful projects on time and within budget.

OSA has a proven track record in the design and development of projects ranging from education, comprehensive multi-unit residential developments, community-based housing schemes to commercial and industrial developments. We’re a practice committed to delivering unique quality design solutions individually tailored to the needs of the client.

Who we are

Team

Andre Kemp-Upton

Creative Director

André has over 32 years of experience in Residential, Multi-residential, Commercial, Industrial & Urban design. He is also competent in Feasibilities and Site Analysis, Project design and coordination, Contract Administration and Observation, and Project Management. Andre is now a board executive of the Superhome Movement and very passionate about promoting and designing healthier homes for New Zealanders. Moreover, Andre likes to fix stuff and he loves to ski.

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Semisi Potauaine

MArch, Designer, Artist

Semisi graduated from University of Auckland with Master of Architecture (Professional). He was a tutor at UoA and now tutoring design studio part-time at Unitec School of Architecture. He is also a Tongan artist, whose sculptural designs have been showcased in Waiheke and a permanent one in Christchurch. 

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Daniel Maravi

MArch, Architectural Designer

Daniel graduated with Master of Architecture (MArch) from the University of Navarra, Spain. He moved to New Zealand in 2016 to pursue a career in architecture. Daniel has worked in both Spain and Amsterdam, before making his long journey to New Zealand. He has the experience of handling projects from beginning to end, both on and off-site. Daniel excels at 3D modelling and rendering.

Amber Berends

Accounts, P.A

Amber was born and raised in Auckland with a love of dance. She studied Interior Design and she has worked in product company, advertising & marketing, and event management. Amber liaises with clients, councils and other consultants. Amber is interested in travelling, history and design. 

Pasawhtee Kuku

BArch, Architectural Designer

Pasawhtee (Tete) completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Unitec in 2016. She is now pursuing Master of Architecture (Professional) at Unitec while working with us at OSA. Her parents were originally from Burma (Myanmar) and she immigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2006. Tete has a great passion for architectures that enhances the community’s lifestyle and she loves to travel.

Ivan Majid

BArch, Architectural Designer

Ivan completed his architectural degree from the Gadjah Mada University of Indonesia in 2013. He then practiced in Indonesia and 4 years in Singapore where he worked on international projects in Dubai, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar. He moved to New Zealand in 2018 to experience NZ’s beauty and a peaceful lifestyle. He has experience in designing residential, commercial and mixed-use projects as well as high-rise projects. 

Our Philosophy

We live by our philosophy “creating spaces for happier people" because everyone deserves to live in healthy and comfortable homes and spaces in New Zealand. Thus, we endeavour to understand the clients’ requirements and perceptions around this to cater the best design solutions. 

Passive design (that results in energy efficient homes) is our greatest passion. It is paramount for us to utilise the natural resources that mother nature has given us, as this results in saving energy bills and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Buildings should be a machine that functions, therefore passive design is the key to sustainable buildings. 

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid 

Our passion

MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING

Medium density housing is a modern living form that’s highly productive and efficient, and is one of our favourite subjects and we have worked on quite a number of sites since 2000s.

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ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

We are a partner of Superhome Movement that promotes healthy and energy efficient homes for all Kiwis. We love to design buildings that obtain 6 Homestar rating or above.

LET'S CHAT

If you have any questions or are ready to start a project, make contact with us today.

  • Phone
    +64 (9) 837 2486
  • Email
    admin@osa.co.nz
  • Office time
    9am - 5pm