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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Jackie Gillies


Jackie is a registered architect and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. She established the practice as Jackie Gillies + Associates in 1989 in Queenstown. With a Masters in Conservation Studies from York University, UK, Jackie specialises in heritage-based projects and has a particular passion for the creative re-use of historic buildings.


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Jessie Sutherland

Architectural Graduate/LBP (Level II)

Jessie gained a bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington with specialised studies in both sustainable design and heritage studies.  Jessie started her working career at Athfield Architects before travelling and working overseas in architecture practices in London and Queensland.  Over the past seven years she has worked on a range of projects from residential new builds and commercial refurbishments to alterations of historic buildings and resource consents.


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Andrea Farminer

Principal Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant

Andrea is the company’s Principal Archaeologist and heritage consultant, 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 mainly as a heritage consultant/archaeologist in the UK, 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.


Sally Chinnery

Practice Manager

Sally has been with the company since the early days of Jackie Gillies + Associates.  Sally is in charge of all the administration, accounts and day to day running of the company.


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.