Wanaka Architects

Creating Sustainable Architecture With Personality

At Chaney & Norman Architects, great design and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do in our Wānaka based practice. By creating homes that are energy efficient with a high level of thermal performance, we deliver warm, healthy and comfortable homes that our clients love to live in.

We embrace the fact that every client is unique. Good communication and well thought-out processes, alongside high quality design, ensure that we create a home that best suits you and your lifestyle. Each home is shaped in response to the local environment and to maximise the potential of the site and design brief.

Eco architecture in the Wanaka & Queenstown region

We believe the journey through every project should be collaborative and fun. As a small but mighty practice, we are friendly and approachable. We aim to make the creation of your home as enjoyable for you as it is for us. We provide complete concept design, documentation, contract and site observation services for your project. Refer to our Process page for an outline of these services. Our approach is nimble and flexible, responding to the personal needs of each client and project. We search for creative solutions to challenges by blending tried-and-tested methods with new technologies to achieve the best possible results for our clients and the environment.

Meet our Wānaka Architects

beth chaney-walker
Beth is a Registered Architect with over 15 years’ experience in leading New Zealand architectural practices.
Beth is a qualified Homestar Practitioner and Homestar Assessor with the New Zealand Building Council, and designed Wānaka’s first Homestar 8 certified home. Beth has also undertaken training with the Passive House Academy of New Zealand.
Beth has practiced architecture locally in Wānaka since 2014.
chris norman
Chris is a Registered Architect with vast experience across a range of environments and communities throughout New Zealand, Canada and the UK.
Chris gives back to the local and architectural communities in his roles as Chairperson of both the NZIA Southern Branch and the Wānaka Urban Design Panel. Chris has practiced architecture in Wānaka since 2003, gaining valuable local knowledge and establishing trusted building industry networks.
zoë thompson
Zoë is a Registered Architect who built her experience within Auckland-based architectural offices before she made the move home to Central Otago in 2020 to enjoy more of the mountains and outdoors.
Zoë is an ArchiCAD whizz hand, a competent seamstress and a novice gardener – often busying herself with creative projects and ventures.
dion andrews
Dion is an Architectural Graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and is interested in all things related to craft, making, and woodwork.
Dion is passionate about how the detailed work of the craftsperson can influence and enhance the product of sustainable architecture.
beth chaney-walker and chris norman

Beth Chaney-Walker and Chris Norman formed a creative partnership in 2018, bringing together a wealth of design experience and a mutual passion for sustainable, high performing homes.

Our NZIA registered practice of architects and architectural graduates works collaboratively, with our team drawing on their collective experience to inform their designs. Previously known as Chris Norman Architecture, Chaney & Norman Architects has been helping clients realise their dream homes in New Zealand since 2009.