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Fraser Architects Ltd Registered Architects

BAS, BArch (Hons), ANZIA, NZRAB Registered Architect 3211 Accreditation: With over 10 years of experience working for established firms and award winning architects, in New Zealand, Scotland and England, Jessamine Fraser returned to her home turf of West Central Auckland, to start her own design practice. A graduate of the University of Auckland Architecture School, and a NZ Registered Architect, Jessamine has worked on a wide range of projects at a variety of scales, and has been involved in all stages of the design and construction process. Her work has varied from tiny café fitouts to large housing development master-plans, and has included heritage work, bespoke residential, social housing, and community centres. Passionate about architecture, Jessamine considers involvement in architectural education to be an important aspect of any architect's ongoing development. She is currently tutoring design at Unitec School of Architecture. Interested in social housing and the importance of the urban landscape, Jessamine has worked with various teams to submit entries to design competitions. In particular, with Tracy Ogden-Cork, of Motu Design Ltd, and under the auspices of Marshall Cook, of Cook Sargisson & Pirie Ltd. she entered into an informal, pro-bono competition to design the proposed Cook Islands Red Cross Head Quarters in Rarotonga in 2005. Although the team was successful, the project unfortunately did not proceed as envisaged. In January-March 2011, Jessamine volunteered with the NGO Azafady in Madagascar for 10 weeks. This involved construction work on a local high school, tree-planting and fuel efficient stove building as well as hygiene education and English lessons with school children. Jessamine’s core philosophies for architecture and for life are bound up in community, environment and the contribution that each individual can make.


  • We all need space to breathe, to feel, to live and love.  In our busy lives, quiet spaces are a gift.
  • The three-dimensional locality of place – space, culture and era – is the driver behind all good design.
  • Constraints provide impetus and safe-harbour for good design.
  • The tension of public versus private holds a community together.
  • Sustainability is socio-political and cultural as well as environmental – one without the others cannot be sustained in itself. Costs are balanced by new benefits; all that we use, and all those we affect, should be treated with respect.  This applies to ecology, to heritage, and most importantly to people.

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