About

AO Architecture was founded in 2011 by Michael John and Nicholas Mann.

AO Architecture is a young and innovative architectural practice, aware of the importance of delivering a unique project that is tailored to meet each specific client’s requests.

We are active in the provision of architectural, interior design and project management services. Undertaking projects from simple residential alterations, complex residential housing through to commercial & industrial developments.

We strive to meet client’s budgets and requirements and package this into a workable and environmentally responsible design solution.

AO Architecture’s success is driven by our personable approach and commitment to clients, producing highly successful architectural outcomes.

Michael John

After completing his degree Michael travelled extensively overseas. This provided him with a great appreciation of modern and classical architecture which enriched and expanded his project design work upon returned. 

Michael worked for two architectural firms in Christchurch before starting AO Architecture with business partner Nicholas Mann in 2011.

Having gained the majority of his work experience in Canterbury, Michael has significant experience in land issues and rebuilds. He has a strong client focus and is very capable of leading the project team to ensure a great outcome.

Nicholas Mann

Since graduating Nicholas worked for a well-established architecture firm in Christchurch. On return from a short spell as a project manager in Australia he started up AO Architecture with his business partner Michael John in 2011.

Throughout his studies and work history he has gained both a strong practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of design and construction. Prior to his architecture degree he studied a Carpentry Pre-trade which gave an insight into the way a building is put together and the process that it follows.

Nicholas has a love of honest design which celebrates form, simplicity and natural materials.

Alice Dwyer

Alice joined AO Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Alice is a strong believer in sustainable architecture whilst combining it with the beautiful aesthetic and spatial qualities of Japanese modernist architecture.

Alice has always had a strong passion architecture as well as for other creative practices that include jewelry making. Alice also enjoys mountain biking, running and travelling.

Scott Fortune

Scott is from a spatial design and construction background, having studied at Massey University in Wellington and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, after completing a joinery apprenticeship prior to university study.

His interests are in architecture, mainly residential home design, adaptable living and architectural conservation.

Scott’s architectural focus is designing innovative living and commercial spaces that respond in a creative way to the needs of people in the 21st century; and the preservation of existing dwellings.

Emma Solomon

Emma has recently graduated with a bachelor of design. Specialising as a Spatial Designer, Emma is driven to curate empowering spatial experiences for diverse users. She is motivated to pursue inclusive design within architecture, problem solving with creative solutions.

Emma’s approach to design is to ensure that each brief is tailored to compliment the unique qualities held by each site. Her inspiration is often derived from obtaining a rich understanding of the sites wider context alongside the habits and rituals of the intended audience.

Chan

Born and raised in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Studies at CPIT. In his previous life, Chan was a former Deck Officer who travelled around the world before completing his journey, here in New Zealand.

Chan has a strong passion for architecture and photography, loving to visualise his design via his hand sketch. He also enjoys cycling, tennis and outdoor activities.

Nala

Nala has provided informal consultancy services for AO Architecture since early 2015.

Nala’s specialities include indoor/outdoor flow and ensuring any design works in well with the surrounding landscape. She is also available to test materials for durability, comfortableness for afternoon naps and the ease with which they can be kept fur free.

Michael John

After completing his degree Michael travelled extensively overseas. This provided him with a great appreciation of modern and classical architecture which enriched and expanded his project design work upon returned. 

Michael worked for two architectural firms in Christchurch before starting AO Architecture with business partner Nicholas Mann in 2011.

Having gained the majority of his work experience in Canterbury, Michael has significant experience in land issues and rebuilds. He has a strong client focus and is very capable of leading the project team to ensure a great outcome.

Nicholas Mann

Since graduating Nicholas worked for a well-established architecture firm in Christchurch. On return from a short spell as a project manager in Australia he started up AO Architecture with his business partner Michael John in 2011.

Throughout his studies and work history he has gained both a strong practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of design and construction. Prior to his architecture degree he studied a Carpentry Pre-trade which gave an insight into the way a building is put together and the process that it follows.

Nicholas has a love of honest design which celebrates form, simplicity and natural materials.

Alice Dwyer

Alice joined AO Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Alice is a strong believer in sustainable architecture whilst combining it with the beautiful aesthetic and spatial qualities of Japanese modernist architecture.

Alice has always had a strong passion architecture as well as for other creative practices that include jewelry making. Alice also enjoys mountain biking, running and travelling.

Scott Fortune

Scott is from a spatial design and construction background, having studied at Massey University in Wellington and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, after completing a joinery apprenticeship prior to university study.

His interests are in architecture, mainly residential home design, adaptable living and architectural conservation.

Scott’s architectural focus is designing innovative living and commercial spaces that respond in a creative way to the needs of people in the 21st century; and the preservation of existing dwellings.

Emma Solomon

Emma has recently graduated with a bachelor of design. Specialising as a Spatial Designer, Emma is driven to curate empowering spatial experiences for diverse users. She is motivated to pursue inclusive design within architecture, problem solving with creative solutions.

Emma’s approach to design is to ensure that each brief is tailored to compliment the unique qualities held by each site. Her inspiration is often derived from obtaining a rich understanding of the sites wider context alongside the habits and rituals of the intended audience.

Chan

Born and raised in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Studies at CPIT. In his previous life, Chan was a former Deck Officer who travelled around the world before completing his journey, here in New Zealand.

Chan has a strong passion for architecture and photography, loving to visualise his design via his hand sketch. He also enjoys cycling, tennis and outdoor activities.

Nala

Nala has provided informal consultancy services for AO Architecture since early 2015.

Nala’s specialities include indoor/outdoor flow and ensuring any design works in well with the surrounding landscape. She is also available to test materials for durability, comfortableness for afternoon naps and the ease with which they can be kept fur free.