The name 'Origin Consultants' come from our strong belief that a successful future is built by understanding the past.


Origin Consultants has a unique team, fostering collaboration over a broad spectrum of the built environment. Whether you are looking to craft a new building or need help with the heritage or archaeological aspects of your project, you can expect us to be enthusiastic, hands-on and professional.

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Robin Miller

Director/Building Surveyor/LBP (Level II)

Robin is the Director of Origin Consultants and is a Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor, with accreditation in Conservation, and a Licensed Building Practitioner (Level II).  He is a member of ICOMOS New Zealand and The Institute of Historic Building Conservation.  Robin specialises in the preparation of building condition assessments, schedules of work and specifications and the supervision of work on site, including building contract administration.  He also prepares conservation plans, heritage impact assessments, maintenance plans, accessibility reports for disabilities’ access to buildings and sites and health & safety advice for construction projects.


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Andrea Farminer

Heritage Consultant/Principal Archaeologist

Andrea is a Heritage Consultant and the company’s Principal Archaeologist, and manages the Dunedin office; she is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, New Zealand Archaeological Association and ICOMOS New Zealand.  Having worked as a heritage consultant/archaeologist in the UK since 1991, Andrea moved to New Zealand in 2009 and has worked on a wide range of diverse heritage, conservation and archaeological projects.  She holds a BA(Hons) in Archaeology, RICS PgDip in Conservation, a Master’s Degree in Architectural Conservation, and a PhD from Otago University in cultural geography exploring the development of people-place relationships.


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Ben Teele

Building Surveyor/Senior Archaeologist

Ben has an Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Otago and is the Senior Archaeologist based in Queenstown.  Having grown-up in the Wakatipu Basin, he has a detailed knowledge of its history and archaeological provenance. He joined Origin Consultants in 2014 and has a wide-range of archaeological skills having worked as a laboratory analyst as well as a project archaeologist in New Zealand and the UK. He is currently undertaking training as a building surveyor and has worked on a range of heritage projects, including conservation plans, heritage impact assessments, and condition reports.


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Camila Silva

Architectural Graduate

Camila joined Origin in early 2016 after finishing her National Diploma in Architectural Technology at the Southern Institute of Technology. She has Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning degree with design experience in both New Zealand and overseas. Since joining Origin, Camila has refined and extended her design skills, with experience in design documentation, resource consent documentation and heritage design work.


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Mags Urrea

Architectural Designer

Since graduating from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina with a degree in Architecture, Mags has worked with several well-known architectural studios, engineering firms and interior design companies.

She has designed a broad range of projects including retail, commercial, and residential settings. Among other skills, she has extensive experience preparing design presentations, proposals, and building consent documentation. Other skills include Project Management, project administration, liaising with contractors, and construction administration.


Sally Chinnery

Office Manager


Association with other professionals

Successful projects require close liaison with other disciplines and we are fortunate to have developed good relationships with a number of associated professionals who share our passion for original, quality design and heritage focus. These include structural, fire and services engineers, topographical, building and quantity surveyors, specialist archaeologists, and historians. We also work closely with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and other agencies.