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Our story and vision

Team Green Architects was established in 2013 by Sian Taylor and Mark Read, with the purpose of offering New Zealander's a better solution when it comes to designing buildings.  Based in Queenstown, we’re lucky enough to be able to design buildings in some of the most beautiful locations you can imagine.  

In five years our dedicated team has grown, and is committed to creating, energy efficient and beautiful buildings. 

Team Vision

Team is an important part of what makes Team Green Architects. When you chose to engage Team Green Architects, you become part of the Team. Your thoughts and ideas are a vital part of the process. In addition to the in house team, Team Green Architects have an external team of consultants, contractors and suppliers whose knowledge and experience is valued throughout the process. The sum of all these team members is helping us to reach our vision "to set a new standard and fundamentally change the way buildings are designed and constructed in New Zealand".

We want to change expectations of how people live in New Zealand.

We also want to change expectations of how we as a country design and construct buildings.

With Team Green we make sure every project makes a difference to the quality of life for our clients and to the world around us.  

Our promise from day one is to work closely with you to ensure your brief and your dreams are fully understood. We make sure we get to know what is really important to you. We will join you on your journey, and together enjoy creating something exceptional.

Siân Taylor

Siân (pronounced Shaan) has been an architect in the Queenstown region since 2005 coming directly from one of the UK’s largest architecture companies where she was a project architect on the Sustainable Education team. 

Siân began her Queenstown career in New Zealand at John Blair Architects. She had 4 years as project architect for John on a number of local houses before moving to Warren and Mahoney Architects to take up the role of project architect and their local sustainability specialist in 2009.

In 2011 Siân trained to become one of the first Architects in New Zealand to be Passive House certified. This was a defining moment, completely changing her approach to architecture and construction.

“After learning the principles for Passive House, I knew there was incredible opportunity to make a real difference to the way buildings are both conceived and constructed in New Zealand. Passive House principles could really affect the lives of many New Zealanders living in poor standard housing, and suffering as a consequence. To adopt even the smallest change could make a huge difference to the quality of people’s lives, and dramatically reduce energy usage of our country”

Siân Taylor

Mark Read

Mark's family first came to Arrowtown for the gold rush in 1864, before settling in all corners of the district. This connection to the land, has instilled a desire to create work that is to be proud of. 

Mark has been an Architect in the Queenstown region since 2001. He originally worked for Queenstown’s first Architect John Blair where he learnt his craft and became the lead architect on many of John’s most extensive local houses, and winery projects. 

Mark set up his own practice Mark Read Architect in 2011. In 2013 he joined Siân to create Team Green Architects. 

Mark is passionate about retaining the beauty of this incredible place, where he has spent the majority of his life, by creating architecture that reflects the local vernacular and is specific to both brief & place.

Lisandra Rossi Macaes

After taking a sabbatical and sailing for one year, Lisandra came to New Zealand in 2004 and decided to have a career change. She studied Architectural Technology in New Zealand while working in marketing and finance. She started her new career in Architecture in 2013 and joined Team Green Architects in 2017. 

As everyone in the office, she shares a commitment to contributing to the environment and to building energy efficient, future proof homes.

David Kohout

David is an Architectural Graduate, with a Master’s Degree from the Budapest University of Technology.

David’s design background includes residential, public and urban design projects in Hungary, The Netherlands and Austria, which complements his NZ practice.

Having moved to New Zealand in 2015, David is now a Resident, and has been part of the Team since 2017. He currently resides in Glenorchy where he enjoys swimming, hiking and gardening. He is also a Permaculturist and a musician, and interested in martial arts and the Hawaiian culture.

Gemma Ross

Gemma came on board with TGA as the Practice Manager at the beginning of 2018.  With a background in Finance, Event Co-ordination and HR Management, Gemma uses her solution-focused attitude to go over and above for our clients and the team and to make sure the office is running smoothly.  Gemma’s family moved to Queenstown 30 years ago, giving her a broad knowledge and love for the area.  In the weekends you will find Gemma in and around Arrowtown spending time in the outdoors with her teenage son, family and friends.

Arthur Lee

Arthur joined Team Green Architects in 2017. He is an Architectural Technologist with the bachelor’s degree of Architectural Technology and Construction Management from VIA University College in Denmark and New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology from WelTec in Wellington. 

Arthur has extensive knowledge around Building Information Modelling (BIM), technical and sustainable design. He positions himself as a guard of building performance.

Stepan Skala

Stepan (also known as Step to most) originally from Czech Republic moved to Queenstown from Auckland in 1999 and since has completed many private design & build projects in the area. From 2005 onwards, he started to provide this service to other clients. In 2013 he joined TGA working part-time. Following the completion of more private projects, he is now back full-time with TGA working as Senior Architectural Designer & Technical Manager.  

With his extensive background in construction, architectural design & CAD he looks for practical design & construction solution for clients and the team.  Stepan has strong interests in areas of energy efficiency and pre-fabrication and has been importing these types of products into NZ over the last 4 years.  In the weekends you will find Step adventuring somewhere in the outdoors with his son or friends.