Welcome to Stephan Meijer Architecture

From experience, every client is completely different and unique. So why should we all live in the same type of buildings? The buildings should express client personality as well as their unique set of requirements. To achieve this its very important to have a good personal client/architect relationship to be able to successfully complete a wide range of projects regardless of size, budget location, etc. 

You can see a diverse range of projects on this site. I will work with you personally throughout the entire design and building process, from start to completion. So no handing over of projects to internships and charge premium fees. You will appreciate my fast and efficient communication skills and my commitment to the  agreed time frames.

We use passive solar design and ecological principles in all our house designs to achieve the highest comfort and quality standards and at the same time reducing ongoing expenses for heating and cooling. Please browse or website for lots of useful  information located on the Free downloads tab and of course some of our past work in projects. 


Enhancing people and places!


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Jacob Lucas & Emma Ryder

"We really didn’t think we had the budget for an architecturally designed house. After researching all possible options for our first house, the choice to go with Stephan was obvious, and we are so pleased we made the right decision. Working with Stephan gave us a house that we are extremely proud of- and fit within our tight price range. We were able to incorporate all features that wanted into our house- and with Stephan’s expertise we have a home that is both practical and original.  The whole design process with Stephan was very easy and enjoyable! He was very good at listening to our thoughts on the design and we appreciated his ideas, knowledge and experience. We absolutely love our place, and visitors often remark on the simple yet unique design.  Thank you so much Stephan."

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Marion & Warren Edwin

"Stephan Meijer Architecture exceeded our expectations. Stephan listened carefully to our stated eco-design requirements, interpreted our sketches, heard and got excited about our desire to incorporate a curved internal mud-brick wall, and understood our wishful statements about ‘what we would really like if we had lots of money’… He then used this information - along with knowledge of our site’s challenges - to design our wonderful eco-home. His ability to understand and work with our aspirations, to use contemporary knowledge of sustainable building methods and materials, and with good awareness of build costs and practicality have resulted in a truly lovely home. It is a one-of-a-kind, maximising a fabulous site. Thanks Stephan"

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Craig Boyce

"Maree and I started working with Stephan about two years ago . We chose him because he was the only architect we could find in Nelson who had examples of the modern style of home we wanted to build on a difficult sloping section at Walters bluff.We have found him expert but understanding of what we were trying to achieve and practical when it comes to dealing with the issues since the Christchurch EQ on far higher engineering requirements. He has been prepared to listen carefully and provide options to us. We are about 25% into the build now and going through the most difficult earthworks and foundation stages.We have confidence in Stephan as our architect and can see the good working relationship he has with Mike Callister our builder"

How to start the process?

People are at different stages of the house building planning process. You may be looking at sections to build you house or perhaps you are thinking of buying an existing house to renovate.  Or you might be ready to talk to a designer and discuss options. In any case I am offering a solution for both situations.

Free site meeting

If you have bought a section or a property in the Nelson/Tasman district, I am happy to come over and meet you to discuss your project and see how we can help you realizing your ideas. Please provide your contact details in the form below and we can arrange a time that suits us both.


Pre purchase assesment

You may be interested in buying block of land or an existing property  but are not quite sure about conditions and possible issues. For a small fee we will consult with you on your plans in relationship to site, zoning, feasibility, legal issues and all other issues that might apply. You will gain certainty in regards to your plans and ideas and eliminate risk at this early stage. There are no obligation for you after receiving the review so you can use whoever you want to use to design your house. (Including us of course!)  For More information please download the file here

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How to choose a hillsite section

Finding a hillside section can be a daunting task. There are many pitfalls and issues that need to be looked at. This free guide will help you making the right decision, but by all means feel free to contact me if you are not sure about certain matters.

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Modern passive solar design guide

This guide will give you a good understanding of what a modern passive solar house is and what the most important aspects are.

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Building costing report

This is a must have summary of an interview conducted with a Registered Quantity Surveyor. You will get access to very valuable information regarding building costs.