Stewart Ross

Principal, Christchurch

B Arch University of Auckland

Registered Architect

Fellow/Architect NZ Institute of Architects 

Over his 50-year career, Stewart has accumulated a wealth of experience and architectural expertise across all building types. His particular specialty is heritage and theatre projects. Since 1975 he has worked on numerous regional theatres, including Ashburton Event Centre and Court Theatre Addington, and advised on many others for local communities. His design portfolio also includes heritage projects ranging from residential to civic buildings requiring specific heritage restoration and retention. Among the more notable are Kilwinning Lodge, Lyttelton, Rangiora Town Hall, The Oaks, Darfield and Stoddard House, Christchurch.

During the early 1970s, Stewart worked in London and Spain, returning to New Zealand in 1974 to work mainly on Christchurch-based projects, with involvement in many others around the country.

When it comes to design, he believes that context and function should drive all projects, and from these imperatives inspiration and delight can spring. He is very much inspired by nature and indigenous architecture, stressing that we should look both around us and back to see the way forward.

Approachable and client focused, Stewart is respected for his experience and his great people skills. During his long career, he has received numerous design awards and held many governance roles, including as a member of the Christchurch Urban Design Panel, NZIA branch chair, NZIA convenor of awards and Heritage Committee convenor. Stewart is currently on the boards of the Arts Centre Christchurch Trust and Arts on Tour NZ.

In his remaining spare time, he enjoys golf, gardening, skiing, building and making things, and being a grandparent.

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