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.
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.
Dunedin Manager / Building Surveyor
Andrew is a trained stonemason with over twenty years’ experience, having worked in NZ, Australia, the British Isles and Spain. From Dunedin, Andrew gained a BA in Philosophy from the University of Otago, before moving on to work with traditional buildings and modern construction. Along with being an experienced project manager his expertise expanded while being a Conservation Advisor for HNZPT. Andrew is member of ICOMOS and is also a transitional member of NZIBS.
Building Surveyor/Principal Archaeologist
Ben has a BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Otago and is Origin’s Principal Archaeologist. Having grown-up in the Wakatipu Basin, he has a detailed knowledge of its history and archaeological provenance. He joined Origin 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 has worked on a range of heritage projects, including conservation plans, heritage impact assessments, and condition reports, and is currently studying towards his PhD.
Originally from Christchurch, Jeremy has a BA in Anthropology, with first class honours, from the University of Otago and an MA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Based in Origin’s Dunedin office, he is responsible for archaeological projects in Dunedin and East Otago, with a particular interest in the archaeology of buildings. Alongside archaeological work, Jeremy is completing an architectural technology qualification and working on his own heritage listed house.
Kirsten has been working on a range of both heritage and new build projects, of varying scales, since 2014. She completed her Undergraduate, Masters and Qualification degrees in the UK, during which she found that her interest in discovering and contributing to the character of a place, paired with her appreciation for practical solutions, forms the basis of her enthusiasm for architecture. Kirsten has experience in design development (from early conceptual stages to detailed design), overseeing projects through the construction stages, carrying out contract administration roles & liaising comfortably with clients, governing bodies and industry professionals.
Senior Architectural Designer
Ryan has a BAS and BArch, with Honours, from the University of Auckland and is a Licensed Building Practitioner (Class D2). Having grown up in the Southland, he worked in Auckland in large practices before moving back to the South Island. Based in Arrowtown, he has a deep affinity for the environment and specialises in energy efficient and sustainable design. With a wide range of experience from urban design, infrastructure, community, corporate interiors and education to residential multi-unit, passive haus and renovations, Ryan takes projects from the concept level through developed design, resource consent and building consent.
Peter J Burke
Peter is originally from Treffynnon (Holywell) in North Wales. He has been involved in construction since 1988, and he went on to study towards an Architectural Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Liverpool. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2003, he was working in the historic Roman city of Deva (Chester), where he obtained his RIBA Advanced Diploma of Professional Practice, and he is now a Chartered member of the RIBA. Based in the South Island for the past 18 years, Peter was part of the team that won an NZIA award for Columba College’s Marsh Sports Centre in 2007 and Resene Master Heritage award (the Nightingale Award) for the renovation work carried out on Dunedin’s Regent Theatre in 2013.
Principal Historian / Heritage Consultant
Lucy has an LLB and BA, with first class honours, majoring in Art History and Theory from the University of Otago. Before joining Origin in 2020, she was practising commercial and public law in Wellington. As a lawyer, Lucy gained experience in extensive legal research, and writing clear and concise advice - skills that have transferred to her role at Origin Consultants. Lucy has an interest in history and heritage, and carries out historical research for conservation plans, archaeological assessments, and heritage advice. She is currently studying towards a qualification in resource and environmental planning.
Sally has been with the company since its origins in Jackie Gillies + Associates, and is in sole charge of all office administration, accounts, and day-to-day running of the company. Additionally, she has the responsibility for Origin’s Health & Safety management. Sally is no stranger to architecture and design, having engaged Origin for extensions to her own house.
Originally from Ireland, Jaime has both an MA (History) and an MSc (Archaeology) from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh in Scotland. While working primarily with historic buildings archaeology he has previously been employed as an archaeobotanical specialist and is currently working to improve his skills in 3D reconstructions for archaeology. Having previously worked in Scotland and Italy Jamie has extensive knowledge on Viking settlement, the Scottish Neolithic and 3D reconstruction of Roman buildings.