Charissa is an award-winning Registered Architect and Fellow of the NZIA, drawing on 25 years of professional experience. Her practice is design-led and committed to delivering regenerative living architecture – places that inspire and delight. Her integrative approach bridges indigenous wisdom with ground-breaking science. She weaves together the five foundational practices of Tikanga Maori, Regenerative practice, Biomimicry, Living Futures and Sacred form within the CSA process. With her team she brings beauty into form, creating places that nurture potential and enrich relationships with others and the world around us.
Charissa’s approach is truly collaborative with her client as an integral partner on the team at every stage of the design and building process. Charissa oversees the delivery and documentation of the concept design with the support and expertise of her team. She coordinates and delivers an inspired outcome that is not preconceived, rather a combination of the client’s unique requirements, the story of the land and the budget. The aim is always to achieve an outcome beyond the client’s expectations. For Charissa, a successful project inspires authentic living; bringing greater meaning to all those who experience it.
Qualifications + Recognition
2016 The Regenerative Practitioner Course
2010 Aotearoa Shamanism 3 year intensive
2008 Fellow of NZIA
2007 Masters in Design Management Unitec, 1st Class Honours
1996 NZIA Registration and member of NZRAB
1992 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Auckland