Irving Smith Architects has been developed as a niche Architecture practice based in Nelson, and works in a variety of sensitive environments.

We demonstrate an ongoing commitment to innovative, sustainable and research based design, backed up by national and international award and publication recognition, ongoing research and teaching at the University of Auckland, and regular invitations to lecture on our work, including winning an Award of Distinction at the 2019, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural heritage Awards, presenting for World Building of the Year and winning World Villa of the Year at the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin 2017, being Highly Commended in Singapore 2015, and a finalist in Barcelona 2011, Singapore 2013,2014,2015, Berlin 2017 and Amsterdam 2019. In 2018 we were also awarded in the International design Awards and Architecture Masterprize Awards out of California.

We have secured in excess of 40 New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards for work around NZ, including NZIA New Zealand Awards for Public Architecture in 2012 and 2013, 2018 and residential projects in 2004,2018 and nomination as a finalist for the 2013 NZIA New Zealand Architectural Medal (the highest award in NZ architecture). Our national architecture awards for public work have been praised for their sensitivity and community understanding, and our residential work for their environmental suitability. We represented New Zealand at the 2015 and 2018 Prague International Architecture Festivals, where our Soft Context : Soft Architecture exhibition developed an approach of looking to understand and participate with existing landscapes rather than generating new contexts.

Recognition received for Timber Design includes NZ’s highest Residential, Commercial and Engineering awards and ongoing experience with Government agencies and the University of Canterbury developing timber systems, that reduce damage during seismic events and allow immediate reoccupation. Property Council awards for excellence, received in 2011 and 2013 include a Best in Category and nomination as a Supreme Finalist.

We have experience in Masterplanning and Tertiary design, garnered from extensive work on the campus at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and a broad variety of multilevel Commercial Development, and adapting and seismically strengthening existing buildings.

Our ongoing work includes Residential, Public and Structural Timber work throughout New Zealand, and overseas.

Our Partners

ANDREW IRVING : BArch (Hons First Class), BBSc VUW, FNZIA, Registered Architect

In his role at Irving Smith Architects, Andrew combines technical and design skills to lead and implement research projects and built work utilising innovative construction methodologies, including the world’s first multi-story post tensioned timber structural building, NMIT Arts & Media.

Andrew has over 25 years of experience working in New Zealand and the UK on in a variety of commercial and public projects including cultural and educational facilities, tourist ventures and commercial developments.

Andrew was the project and technical director for the award-winning NMIT Arts & Media (NZ’s Landmark Timber Structural Demonstration Building), Whakatane’s Library and Exhibition Centre and Museum refurbishment and the upgrading of Trafalgar Park, Nelson prior to Rugby World Cup and the refurbishment of Nelsons Trafalgar Centre. Andrew was project director for the recently completed seismic upgrade and refurbishment of Nelson’s historic School of Music.

Andrew has spoken extensively to Industry and Professional bodies on the topics of Seismic Design and Timber Construction since completion of the NMIT Arts & Media project. He was invited to lead a World Update Session at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, focusing on architecture post the Christchurch earthquake. Current projects under Andrews’s direction are exploring and advancing these two topics in a commercial context.

Andrew authored the ‘2012 Structural System Optimisation Report’ for University of Canterbury and the Ministry of Primary Industries, researching and ascertaining how structural timber compares, in multi-story commercial development, with more traditional concrete and steel structural elements, using a live 4 story commercial case study project in Christchurch.

Ongoing development of design and understanding of innovative timber structures has extended to the new, world leading, Hub building at Scion’s Rotorua Campus and a pair of four storey commercial structures adjacent the Maitai River Esplanade in Nelson.

JEREMY SMITH : PhD, BArch (Hons First Class), BBSc, BSc, ANZIA, Registered Architect, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Auckland.

In his role as Design director at Irving Smith, Jeremy has led a range of ISA’s design innovations, including winning World Villa of the Year in 2017, and the design competition winning and subsequent New Zealand Architecture Award winning NMIT Arts & Media, and Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre buildings.

Jeremy has over 15 years of experience working as a design architect in design led practices in New Zealand and Australia. Jeremy’s residential and public work has been widely published in New Zealand and internationally, and rewarded with a string of awards, including an Award of Distinction at the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural heritage Awards, finalist nomination for the 2019 World Small Project Prize at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, World Villa of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin 2017, being a finalist for the NZIA New Zealand Architecture medal in 2013, multiple NZIA New Zealand Architecture awards in public and residential categories (including 2 awards in 2018), New Zealand’s top timber design award in both residential and commercial categories, and in 2018 received nomination for the German International Architecture Award and was awarded at the International Architecture Awards and Architecture Masterprize Awards out of America. He was also Highly Commended at the 2015 World Architecture Festival in Singapore and presented as a finalist in Barcelona 2011, Singapore in 2013, 2014, exhibited and represented NZ at the 2015 and 2018 International Architecture Festivals in Prague, and has received commendation from the NZ Concrete Society, NZ Property Council Excellence Awards, and over forty NZIA local architecture and magazine awards. Recent publications include Architecture Magazine, Architecture Record, Elle, Vogue and GQ Magazine.

Jeremy writes for Architecture New Zealand, and has lectured widely about the practice’s work, including in Spain, Singapore, Germany, USA, Holland, India, and France. He recently spoke at the Design Excellence in Timber and Wood Symposium at the Fay Jones School of Architecture, Arkansas in October 2019 and in a 9-stop lecture tour through American Universities, including FJSOA, Taliesin West, Kentucky State, Mississippi State, Rural Studio, Kentucky State, Columbus Indiana, Carnegie Mellon, with a swansong at the New York League of Architects. Jeremy has been appointed to architecture award juries at a national level, including being an International Juror for the Indian Institute of Architects National Awards for Architectural Excellence in 2019 and the NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards. He has also judged at World Architecture Festivals in Singapore 2014, Berlin 2017, and Amsterdam 2018 and 2019 and served as a New Zealand Institute of Architects National Councilor. He has now been invited to judge at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon 2020 and as a Grand Award Juror for the A’Design International Design Award out of Italy.

Following graduating as Victoria University’s top architecture student and receiving the Victoria University Centennial Medal for post graduate achievement, Jeremy completed a design based PHD in 2019 through the University of Auckland undertaken between practice commitments. Jeremy is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and teaches an iterative design studio at Masters level.

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