Simon Johnson

With equal measures of design ability, eye for detail and commercial acumen, you get Simon.

Not only does he take a clients brief and deliver the magic, he insists on perfection.

With Simons background, you can expect that he has pretty much done just about anything and everything across many sectors. But what he commits to, is a unique design for his clients.

He’s been part of an award winning practice (Marchese Partners and Life3a) which gives our clients a skill set that spans 16 years in Australia and New Zealand. Simon returned to Canterbury to reconnect with his roots, bringing his immense skill set across private residential, later living and multi-unit developments.

When you work with Simon, you can expect someone who listens, someone who doesn’t throw jargon at you, someone who wants to get to the heart of your vision and a partner to deliver over and above.

Sam Connell

When you meet Sam, you know you’re in good hands.

Sam has built a reputation based on efficiency and quality, always meeting that fine balance but never compromising both sides of the coin.

Sam is down to earth, pragmatic and gets where you’re going. He built his award winning practice (Connell Architecture) from ground up through sheer determination and a passion for delivering for his clients, which is evident throughout his extensive portfolio of work.

Sam loves a challenge, particularly ensuring you get the best value from your site. The challenge also extends to his desire to be uncompromising when it comes to budget and the finished product. He will ensure you maintain the integrity in your design, taking your plans from a feasibility study through to reality.

He’s not only a designer, but is practical and realistic and this has been proven with his successful reputation. He will collaborate with you to build a plan that you didn’t think was possible.

What can you come to expect from Figure & Ground?

We deliver exceptional outcomes coming from an established team and reputation.

We are a unique combination of local expertise with international experience.
You can expect professional advice, but in a language you understand.
We deliver creative and elegant designs, across a variety of sectors including; residential,
multi-residential and later living.

We are commercially minded and creative thinkers, who translate your ideas into reality.

Christchurch Office

A. Level 1/4 Walker Street
Central City
Christchurch 8011

Auckland Office

A. 26 Monmouth Street
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021