Michael Fisher

I started my career 39 years ago as a young technician in a large Australian firm where on Monday mornings my job was to clean the ammonia plan printer. Along the way I have enjoyed working in both boutique and large offices here in New Zealand, London and Hong Kong where the projects have gone from designing bespoke retail, hospitality and high end residential spaces, through to the planning and detailing of resorts in Thailand and Fiji. I have been called a “petrol head” by some of my friends for spending too much time chasing classic cars, and hanging out at race circuits here and overseas. When not on four wheels, I can be found perusing art gallery walls or enjoying carving up ski slopes…

Wade Jennings

Having spent 10 years working in Europe working on large scale commercial projects for the likes of Cisco Systems in Amsterdam, Barclays World HQ, Canary Wharf, and an extension to the Kuwait National Assembly, it was time to return to New Zealand in 2006. One of my first projects back here saw me take on the role of design lead and project architect for the refurbishment of 21 Queen Street (now Zurich House). I have a real passion for motorsport and this manifests itself on Saturday nights when I race alongside some of the top Super Saloon drivers in NZ, one of whom happens to be my dad. My 2 young children love to hang out in pit lane, so the future of the Jennings motorsport dynasty looks very promising.

David Morgan

Working with a diverse range of clients, for some great companies, and along-side many truly talented colleagues, has helped to make the last 20+ years in the industry a fun filled ride. Projects worked on have been varied in both type and location, encompassing the UK, USA, Australia, the Middle East and of course, New Zealand. Having developed an interest in the multi-disciplinary nature of Experience Design (XD), I am currently completing a master’s degree, specialising in XD. In recent years, when not building skate ramps for my 2 sons, I’ve enjoyed coaching junior teams at Ponsonby Rugby Club.

Peta Drayton

Having had 2 stints, and a total of 11 years, living and working in London, I returned to New Zealand in 2013. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a huge variety of people – clients, consultants and colleagues – which has made my 20 years in architectural practice enlightening and always entertaining.
Both in the UK and in NZ I have had the opportunity to work on a range of fantastic projects from larger scale commercial buildings and a house for a premier league footballer, to retail and corporate fitouts and multi-unit residential developments.
I love to travel, but in NZ you will find me doing DIY projects, sailing and occasionally dabbling in a new interest in fishing…. all of which need to fit around playing as much tennis as possible.

Laurianne English

With a background in office management for engineering consultancies I am excited to learn about all the interesting things that Architects do! I joined CPRW FISHER in November 2016. I’m a lover of to-do lists and colourful pens at work. I take great satisfaction in seeing the office run smoothly and enjoy making my colleagues laugh. Outside the office I’m often found either on the water, hiking mountains or relaxing on the couch with a menagerie of cats.

Sophie Isler

After spending five years working and studying in Germany and Switzerland, I returned home to New Zealand and joined the team at CPRW FISHER in 2011. I have a real passion for sustainable design and the importance of, and relationship between, person-focused and environment-focused design. At the end of 2016 I completed my post-graduate studies in salutogenic healthcare architecture. My love of the outdoors means that when I’m unwinding, you’ll find me either up a mountain or on the beach with my Jack Russell Ollie.

Mike Lowe

Hi I’m Mike and back in November 1981, I joined Curtis Penman Read Williams, which would later become CPRW FISHER. Over the following 36 years I have been draughting “old school” style using tee square & set square. Prior to joining CPRW FISHER, I spent 7 years draughting homes for a transportable home company. In my spare time, you will find me practising Ashtanga Yoga & meditation.

Arna Marshall

Originally from Christchurch I first came to Auckland to study Design at Whitecliffe College. This lead to a career as an artist  painting predominantly NZ landscapes. This keeps me pretty busy in any spare time outside of the Office. I spend a great amount of time travelling around NZ sourcing new material for my paintings, hanging out at the beach, going to the gym and skiing in the winter.

Juan Molina

Hola. I am Senior Architect and NZIA Architect Member, registered and graduated in Barcelona in 1992. With a soft spot for urban design I love big ideas, small elegant assembly details, systems and mentoring on the making and representation of architecture. Before joining CPRW FISHER, I worked for Cheshire Architects on the Britomart above ground urban project. I believe strongly that an architect must contribute in the grand context of everyday life, this belief is still as strong as my vivid Iberian accent.

Drazen Opacic

Hi there, I am an Architectural Graduate with 7 years post graduate experience in New Zealand and, most recently Melbourne. During this time I’ve worked as a member of project teams for a range of commercial clients such as KFC, Carl’s Junior and Hungry Jack’s, as well as retail and high-end residential clients. I am committed to producing quality design and documentation and have developed a great eye for detail and project co-ordination. Outside of architecture, I am a fanatical basketball and soccer (football) fan.

Dhruti Rathod

Fresh out of Unitec, with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies under my belt, I started working as an Architectural Designer with CPRW FISHER. With one degree complete, a presence in the architectural profession established, together with a keen habit of always wanting to learn, I am committed to going back to university (part-time) to achieve a Master’s degree. Outside of the studio, you can find me on the turf playing hockey – socially in summer, and competitively in winter.

Sybille Ruhl

I studied architecture in Leipzig, Germany and am told that I possess an enviable attention to detail coupled with a very methodical process in the delivery of project documentation. Since 2002 I have been a consistent presence here at CPRW FISHER. I have little ‘spare’ time outside of trying to deal with a toddler – It seems that any spare time is spent working on my own house, or catching up on lost sleep! It feels like all the exciting pastimes like hockey, flying, sailing and, traveling are distant memories … hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m sharing these fun hobbies with my son.

Sarah Townshend

My architectural career began in Wellington where I graduated with a degree in Interior Architecture. After working for two years in Interiors, I made the transition to Architecture and am currently working towards registration. I take a holistic approach to Architecture and Design and recently completed the Master of Architecture Professional. My thesis explored Berlin’s cooperative housing methodologies as a way of making housing more accessible to first time homeowners. When I’m away from my desk you can find me at the gym, at home cooking and entertaining or on the end of a paintbrush.

Luciano Velocci

Ciao. In the 9 years since I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, I have been involved in all stages of commercial interior design projects from inception through to completion, including functional briefing, envisioning workshops, space planning, developed design documentation and construction observation. I’m believe that I am a proven problem solver and am passionate about achieving high quality design solutions which support client objectives.

Lena Zarazel

Graduating from Unitec with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (majoring in interior design), I have 6 years of experience as an interior designer, working on a variety of projects from hospitality, workplaces, and retail, to civic spaces and airports.

For me, design is about the user experience every time. Creating spaces to be enjoyed and stimulate our senses with subtle design details to catch the eye while specifying materials and products sympathetic to the environment.

I love travel and involvement in community projects. I’m also a maker and really enjoy designing stationery and graphics.

Advisory Panel

Lindsay Corban

Lindsay has served on the Boards of a range of companies and community organisations.  She is a former Director of KPMG, and a current Director of Ngatarawa Wines Limited. She has had a long-term involvement in the education and not-for-profit sectors serving in governance roles as the Deputy Chair of the Auckland College of Education Council, the Pro Chancellor of University of Auckland Council and the Deputy Chair of Learning Media. Lindsay was the Deputy Chair of the Foundation for Youth Development and is a current member of the MOTAT Board.

Lindsay also has her own consultancy that specialises in change management, working with governance bodies, assisting with the work of board appointments and CEO mentoring.

Tim Livingstone

Tim is a Chartered Accountant, Company Director and Community Leader. He is active in the professional, business and community affairs both as a Chartered Accountant and businessman, providing advice to a diverse range of businesses and community organisations.


Tim’s current Directorship’s and Advisory Boards include: UHY Haines Norton (Auckland) Ltd, West Auckland Trust Services Ltd, Ngatarawa Wines Ltd, Vidak Ltd, Languages International Ltd, Alt Group Ltd.


Tim’s current Not For Profit Trusteeship’s include: The Trust Arena, West Auckland Business Club, Lopdell House Development Trust.


Tim was made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand in 2000 and in recognition to his contributions to the community and business he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016.