Blackwell and Sons
- Category Commercial
- Location Dunedin
- Awards 2019 National Winner - Commercial Interiors
- Photos Marshall Pitney Photography
James Mackie is an architectural designer, predominantly (but not exclusively) servicing the Wellington/Wairarapa region out of his busy Greytown design office. He founded his company Mackit Architecture in 2008, with a goal to fill the niche for bespoke modern homes that can be built efficiently and precisely.
Being a registered designer with Architectural Designers New Zealand, a Registered Master Builder and a Licensed Building Practitioner in both design and carpentry, James has a unique edge when it comes to designing homes for discerning clients. Through the application of both his building and design knowledge, he can bridge the gap between complex high-level design and the practical reality of its construction.
Inspired by the effect the built environment has on one’s self, James loves opportunities to enrich existence by creating high quality, beautifully designed spaces. Crucially, James’ incredible building knowledge also means that his plans are always expertly detailed and thought out – essentially he has already built the house in his head during the design process.
Meticulous by nature, James keeps his hand in the construction industry through his own in-house projects, and finds the odd afternoon on the tools a great way to recharge and break through any creative blocks. This also enables him to establish and maintain extensive connections and an inside knowledge of the building industry. Clients find these connections hugely beneficial during the process of selecting a builder, which Mackit offers as part of their full construction observation services.
- ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards Regional Winner in the
New Home between 150-300m2 category for Urban's Fault - 2020
- ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards National Winner in the Commercial Interior Architectural Design category for Blackwell & Sons - Cycling Lifestyle Merchants – 2019
- ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards Regional Winner in the Commercial Interior Architectural Design category for Blackwell & Sons - Cycling Lifestyle Merchants – 2019
- ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards Commended Award in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award category awarded to Pauatahanui Inlet House – 2018
- ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards Highly Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award category awarded to West Street Residence – 2018
We want to sincerely thank you for all your efforts. You are a true professional and an example for the industry to aspire to be like. We are really impressed with your team, brand, professional persona and creative advice. Not only have you delivered this project on time and on budget, you have clearly explained the process to us and provided invaluable guidance and advice where necessary (both from a design and build perspective). For this we are truly thankful. We hear horror stories about major renovations all the time, but for us it's been a breeze. We will not use anyone else for any projects in the future.
Mark & Esther Greer