Christopher Howard

Christopher Howard

Auckland, NZ



I have recently returned to New Zealand after being based in London, and have worked extensively as a designer through the UK, Europe, and the Middle East covering a range of projects from city sized master plans in Russia to boutique retail in historic Bath. I spent four years working in the master planning and urban design division before shifting focus to lead design teams on mixed-use, retail and lifestyle projects. Through this work I have collaborated with architects, planners, urban designers, landscape designers, graphics, branding and retail designers as well as a wide range of specialist consultants. While being primarily based in London, I have worked in offices in Dubai, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as gaining project experience in such diverse places as Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Syria, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, and Hawaii. My project experience covers a range of project types including single family and multi-unit residential, retail fit-out, retail centres and anchor stores, mixed-use and offices, hospitality as well as urban design, planning and landscape design. I have a broad range of conceptual skills as well as proven delivery experience. I have a keen interest in emerging technologies, sustainable design and new urbanism.

Specialties: Architectural Design & Visualisation, Graphics, Urban Design, Mixed-Use, Hospitality, Retail, Residential, Entertainment, Sustainable Design (LEED AP)


Archaus Architects, Auckland, NZ, Senior Designer

I am currently leading the Auckland office of Archaus Architects.

Feb 2014 - current

Gensler, London, GB, Associate

I worked primarily as an Architectural Designer and have led a number of highly successful projects in the U.K., Europe and the Middle East. I have travelled extensively to present design proposals to clients and to collaborate with consultants and other designers. I am a strong leader and am actively involved in developing the design culture in the London office. I have won a number of design awards for my work and was the 2011 recipient of the Gene Watanabe Design Visualisation award. I have excellent communications skills across a range of mediums; verbal, written, hand, computer and technical.

Oct 2006 - Aug 2013


Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ, BArch, Architecture

I received a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours

Feb 1995 - Nov 2001


Gene Watanabe Award, 1st Place

The Gene Watanabe Award is given to the top designer each year in Gensler.


GDEA Award, Police Academy, Abu Dhabi, 1st Place

This is an annual design award judged by external jurors.


GDEA Award, Baku Master Plan, 1st Place

This is an annual design award judged by external jurors.


GDEA Award, St Petersburg Master Plan, 1st Place

This is an annual design award judged by external jurors.


Concrete Prize, 1st Place

Top architectural design in concrete.


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