Sumich Chaplin Architects undertake to provide creative, enduring architectural design based on a clear understanding and interpretation of a client’s brief. We work with an appreciation and respect for the surrounding landscape and environment.

Our philosophy derives from an innovative approach, ranging from the selection of materials through to how these are put together. Attention to detail is a high priority for the practice. We view each project individually and strive to exceed expectations, both in design and functionality. Our repeat commissions and long standing associations with many valued clients are testament to our approach. Many of our clients are based internationally, so we have experience in delivering projects under constraints of communication within different time zones and geographical locations.

Sumich Chaplin Architects pride ourselves in being a leading architectural practice. This has been recognised with numerous design awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

We collaborate with a highly skilled professional project team and work closely with each party to ensure our clients are delivered with the best possible outcomes. Generally, the professionals involved for a project would be:

— Geotechnical Engineers
— Structural Engineers
— Interior Designers
— Town Planners
— Project Managers
— Landscape Architects

During the design process, we have in-house model makers who produce a scale model of the design. This facilitates in checking the form and sun aspects of the design. Sumich Chaplin Architects employs a team of 12 architectural staff led by two directors. We work collaboratively within our own vibrant office plan. Should you choose to work with our practice on your exciting proposed project, we will assure you of our best attention.

Lawrence Sumich
B.Arch., N.Z.C.D, A.N.Z.I.A
+64 21 721 411

Lawrence established Sumich Architects Limited in 1984. Prior to this he worked in California for Sumich Design doing high end residential projects throughout the United States. In 2009 the name was changed to Sumich Chaplin Limited, acknowledging the partnership with Matt Chaplin.

Lawrence has over 30 years experience taking concept design through to the finished product in both residential and commercial design. These projects have been carried out throughout New Zealand and Internationally.

Lawrence has guided and worked with project teams, striving for design excellence, quality and cost control. In recognition of this pursuit the office has received awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Matt Chaplin
B.Arch, A.N.Z.I.A
+64 21 471 430

Matt has 20 years experience in architectural design and detailing both in New Zealand and Internationally. His range of work includes high end Residential and Interiors, Commercial and Industrial Buildings.

Matt has completed many projects, leading teams that result in highly successful solutions that achieve budget, client brief and exceed expectations. A number of these projects have received awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Selected Awards

2018 NZIA Award — Pukemoremore House
2017 NZIA Award — Closeburn House
2017 NZIA Award — Millbrook House
2017 NZIA Award — Bardon House
2016 NZIA Award — Pauanui House
2013 NZIA Award — Christchurch House
2012 NZIA Award — Horizontal House
2011 NZIA Award — The Pines
2007 NZIA Award — Glanville House
2007 NZIA Local Award — Glanville House
2002 NZIA Local Award — Matarangi House