About Us

Jon Short – Principal / Designer


Jon has been an Architectural & Engineering Design Consultant for over 30 years. 

He has spent 9 years drawing manually and 13 years on AutoCAD & the last 9 years on Revit. Originally Architecturally trained with Hoadley Budge Architects - Auckland, Jon is a multi-skilled Designer now able to work not just in the Architectural discipline, but also Structural, Geotechnical & Enviornmental Engineering Disciplines.

Jon has an special interest in working for rural clients be it a farm or lifestyle property due to his love of the outdoors & associated lifestyle.

His construction and systems knowledge is very strong having worked on site on numerous large commercial projects in Auckland. The highlight of which being Sky City Casino, Sky Tower and the Royal Sun Alliance Office Tower (now Vero Tower). Formerly based in Tairua, Jon is now based in Tauranga & continues to work in the Coromadel & Bay of Plenty regions. Jon also works remotely throughout the country when required.

Not only does Jon achieve timely Building & Resource Consents & provide Architectural & Structural Design & Documentation Services to his clients, he also carries out Geotechnical Assessments, Environmental Engineering, Subdivision Engineering, Surveying of Levels & site observation, ensuring continuity and completeness to your project. No more running around from consultant to consultant because Jon will look after the complete package for you saving you time & money.

Jon believes there are too many designers out there who have no practical experience and no construction knowledge creating detailing & buildability problems during construction increasing the risk of leaks & costs to the client. Having worked on site for many years as a trouble-shooter on some of the largest construction projects in the country and spent time on the tools, Jon has the strength of hands on experience. As a result Jon designs and details with the builder and practical limitations of construction materials and practices in mind, which balances up nicely with his creative and innovative design solutions.

Jon's strengths are in detailed analysis & solutions to technically difficult projects or problems. "We often land the steep or technically difficult jobs that others don't want because people know that we can resolve them & design the best solutions for them." 

Jon was one of the first designers in New Zealand to achieve a Design 2 Licence with the MBIE 9 years ago in 2008. Jon is also a Professional Member of ADNZ  “Architectural Designers New Zealand Inc” & has been for over 10 years now. This provides surety regarding  the quality of professional that you will be dealing with.

Jon's values on going working relationships with quality repeat clients & colleagues alike where trust, respect & top quality work is essential. Jon prefers to operate on a negotiated basis for like minded clients.


Consulting throughout the Coromandel, Waikato & Bay of Plenty Regions since 1995.
Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamata, Whitianga, Thames, Coromandel, Tauranga, Western Bays & the Bay of Plenty.

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