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John has helped us create our forever house. He is an incredibly talented architect. We would recommend him and would definitely use him again if we ever embarked on another project. He is very thoughtful and meticulous in his planning and worked to the brief whilst at the same time enhanced our vision for what we wanted. We thoroughly enjoyed working with him and had some great discussions over a quiet glass of red wine. He was always enthusiastic about the project, hard working and had a really relaxed personable style that is awesome. After busy days at work we get home to our little slice of paradise and pinch ourselves as to how lucky we are to have such an amazing house. There are so many different and versatile spaces. Everything in the house is functional but at the same time has John’s architectural touch that makes it a really special place.

Mike and Cristina

Honestly, we can't fault the work that John carried out for us. Not only was it important for us to collectively create a home that was more than a little bit special... We wanted to work with someone we both liked and enjoyed sharing a glass of pinot with as we poured over the details. John was our guy. The house is now complete, we absolutely LOVE everything about it, just amazing. The project was a Ponsonby villa conversion, old meets new, which came together in a tastefully intertwined morphing of two uniquely distinct decades. He just really 'got it' - he made what is likely to be a stressful and unpleasant experience into a slick, highly enjoyable process.

ben and jade hurst

John is a joy to work with. Not only are his buildings beautiful and organic, but they are functional as well. John is open to feedback and is always willing to simplify and streamline a design so that it feels good AND looks good! He will think creatively about the way a building should flow as it is used as a home / a space with people living in it. The cottages he designed for Tara Iti have a comfort factor, as well as a creative edge. The guests have given nothing but positive feedback regarding the design.

cedar kreuscher - tara iti interiors & guest relations manager.

John is a very talented architect and we very much enjoyed the whole process, our beach house feels like it belongs exactly where it is. The site had many design challenges and he listened to our brief and came up with a design that just worked, what we now have is true to the initial concepts and John and his team were committed to getting every detail just right. Everyone who visits loves the simple uncluttered feel of the place, everything is beautifully and cleanly designed and it all just works….we couldn’t be happier.


John and his team are a pleasure to work with and very talented, we have no hesitation in recommending them. Over the last 5 years John has completed a new beach house for us as well as two smaller renovations and we are delighted with the results in each of the projects. Apart from John's clear design talent, we believe that a particular skill John has is being able to accommodate many of the ideas that we had into the design, making it a cooperative and enjoyable process. Always a responsive and a very thoughtful adviser, John has always had our best interests at heart.

marcus gerbich and amelia pais

John designed us a fabulous house that we love. He was able to adhere to the brief but constantly surprised us with amazing suggestions that have turned out to be the very best features of the house. His attention to detail across numerous spaces from the kitchen to the bespoke furniture was a huge asset. He was professional to work with and a committed partner in the project. We have no hesitation is recommending him to anyone wanting a talented, thoughtful and conscientious architect.

Bryony and Christopher Dawson

John designed our dream bach for us and nailed the concept right away. He understood our brief and with his first concept sketch, we knew immediately that he was right on track to deliver what we wanted. John delivered a fantastic design that we are all now living in and loving after spending our first summer in the bach! John's relaxed and casual approach to things makes him a pleasure to work with whilst still instilling confidence in you that he is more than capable to deliver a quality outcome. John passionately followed the project through the build phase and we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

sandi and brent
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"We were thrilled with his work throughout our project. It started off as a renovation, but we eventually demolished the existing house and rebuilt completely. John was passionate and creative and a joy to work with, always listening to our thoughts and questions. From his initial presentation with amazing pen sketches, to the consent process, right to working on the tricky things as they came up with the wonderful builders (a recommendation from John), to the barbeques and glass of wine on the deck when it was finished, John was fantastic and became a mate. Thanks John, we adore our new home and everyone who visits just loves it. We're here to stay, but would happily use John again if we had the opportunity." 

rob lee and jane reese
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Client Reference ·· studio john irving architects

"Having worked on many projects over the years it has been refreshing working with John. I enjoy his passion for design and relaxed but attentive attitude throughout the process with a willingness to get the look and feel of a project right. He designs houses that make a statement but respond well to the environment they are in. We have worked on five projects so far with the sixth one well advanced in the building phase." 

Tyrone Le Roux ​
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Client Reference ·· studio john irving architects

"We contracted John for a large renovation on our house in Grey Lynn. When we met with John to see the concepts we were genuinely really excited. John then managed the entire consent process for us and recommended builders for the project (who we were also thrilled with). John is an amazing talent. The house we now live in is very true to the original design and the vision John gave us. We also loved John's commitment to the project throughout. John stayed involved in all key decisions that impacted the design of the house. Everyone who visits our place are blown away by the design and we love living in it. We would absolutely recommend John and would suggest that if you use John to trust his direction the whole way through. We will definitely be using John for future projects." 

robert and kelly harvey
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"After meeting with over 10 architects and carefully reviewing their work we commissioned John to design a substantial renovation and addition for our tired old bungalow in Westmere. Interviewing architects is an arduous task , and John really stood out... To us, picking the right architect was the number one critical task in our project. John nailed the brief from day one, he designed a house that was not only beautiful to look at and great to live in, but has an X factor to it that is unique to his design skills. I could not recommend John highly enough, he has a truly unique talent and is great to work with." 

Michael Fletcher