Our values


We value innovation and creativity and we aim to provide high quality, energy-efficient buildings not only for our clients but also for the future generations with passion.


We have respect towards you, your aspirations and your building. Understanding vision, expectations and skill set of all those involved ensures a smooth, enjoyable relationship, after all. We appreciate the diverse voices of New Zealand and respect different cultures.



We like to connect with our clients, to listen, teach and learn to deliver excellent outcomes. In the OSA open plan office, we’ll bounce off each other to provide the full-service you deserve.


We are strongly passionate about healthier homes to help enhance the lifestyle of the community. If we can contribute to the landscape of future generations health and happiness, we’ve done our job.

Who we are

OSA is a practice providing a range of Architectural, Planning, and Consulting services. Our goal is to create value through innovative, inspirational yet environmentally sustainable architecture that will stand the test of time. We’ve joined the Superhome Movement to help drive our goal.

The practice was established in Auckland in 1988. Today it has grown to include a team with over 30 years of experience in the fields of Architecture & Planning. The ability to provide a quality design in cost-effective ways has led to our growing reputation. Beginning in Waitakere, our client base has grown over the last 30 years to service all areas of New Zealand from Tutukaka to Wanaka, and projects undertaken in the Pacific Islands. Our combination of strong design management and coordination skills have allowed us to deliver successful projects on time and within budget.

OSA has a proven track record in the design and development of projects ranging from education, comprehensive multi-unit residential developments, community-based housing schemes to commercial and industrial developments. We’re a practice committed to delivering unique quality design solutions individually tailored to the needs of the client.

Who we are


Andre Kemp-Upton

Creative Director 

I have over 32 years of experience in Residential, Multi-residential, Commercial, Industrial & Urban design. 

As the director at Our Space Architecture,  I am  proud of the transitions and growth the firm has experienced and is going to experience in the decades to come.  All along creating healthy and memorable living and working environments in New Zealand and abroad.  My board skill set help me to guild our clients right through their design process from project feasibility to project management.

In recognising that objectives are important for the experience of comfort in spaces, it is apparent that the demand for our services goes beyond the residential realm.  As such Ourspace Architecture is leading in the ability to cater for a variety of fields comprising of unique residential, commercial and industrial design solutions.  Being involved to Superhome Movement I am very passionate about promoting and designing healthier homes for New Zealanders. 


 Uly Veragos

Architectural Designer 

“Growing up, I lived on my fair share of construction sites so I have been interested in how buildings work for as long as I can remember. I have a very practical mindset which, combined with my interest in how things work, and growing up on construction sites, made it a fairly easy decision to study architecture.

In 2016, I graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology with a National Diploma of Architectural Technology and have been working in architecture ever since.

With over 5 years of experience, I have come to understand a lot of the complexities and intricacies of the different areas of buildings. I have also worked on a variety of project types, from internal renovations to large scale developments and all sorts in-between so I can apply my experience to your project, whatever it may be.

One of the things that I love about my job is figuring out the details of the unique parts of a building that are different to anything I’ve seen before. It’s these areas that really force me to think outside the box and usually initiate interesting discussions in the office. There is always something new to learn and I look forward to the journey of discovery ahead."


Alyssa Haley

Architectural Designer 

I find that working in the field of architecture allows for the perfect opportunity in which to achieve satisfaction through problem solving. I have always had a great interest in various sorts of puzzles and their capacity to produce both frustration and, ultimately, satisfaction.

To then be employed as an Architectural Designer for Our Space Architecture allows me to replicate this satisfaction in everyday life as I endeavour to match our clients’ visions and goals to the constraints of budget and building consents.

As well as working at Our Space Architecture, I am in my final year of completing my Master of Architecture (Professional.) As a part of my studies, I am able to fulfil my desire for knowledge, learning new skills, and expanding my expertise that can then be transposed into the work for our clients.

Ultimately, my ambition is to find the most efficient and effective design solution in order to generate gratification on both the clients’ and my part.

Melinda Morris-Ponga  

Office Manager / Marketing

As an  OSA Office Manager, my focus is to
support the goal of workplace synergy – together we create what we cannot alone.

Customer service has been the focus of all my roles as I enjoy helping others, doing what’s needed to create “a well-oiled machine” as my dad would say, and it is the word “create” that delights me most. Whether it is creating a work of art, designing a room décor, coordinating a special event, or an office system plan I am in my element. I grow up in  New Zealand and moved to the Cook Islands and Australia which offered me the opportunity to experienced new environments and learn about other cultures.  I have developed and run my own businesses in boutique accommodation and in the special events beauty industry. 

Being a mother and grandmother, I live with the principle that I am the caretaker for the next generations. I love the full circle product concept and OSA has introduced me to the Superhome Movement that supports sustainable development. 

I look forward to being the welcoming face, voice, or message to greet you when you contact us at OSA


Our Philosophy

We live by our philosophy “creating spaces for happier people" because everyone deserves to live in healthy and comfortable homes and spaces in New Zealand. Thus, we endeavour to understand the clients' requirements and perceptions around this to cater the best design solutions. 

Passive design (that results in energy efficient homes) is our greatest passion. It is paramount for us to utilise the natural resources that mother nature has given us, as this results in saving energy bills and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Buildings should be a machine that functions, therefore passive design is the key to sustainable buildings. 

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid 

Our passion


Medium density housing is a modern living form that’s highly productive and efficient, and is one of our favourite subjects and we have worked on quite a number of sites since 2000s.



We are a partner of Superhome Movement that promotes healthy and energy efficient homes for all Kiwis. We love to design buildings that obtain 6 Homestar rating or above.


If you have any questions or are ready to start a project, make contact with us today.

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