For us the first and most important stage of the architectural process is to understand and empathize with you, the client. Whether you are an individual or a larger group of stakeholders, having an architect that can step into your shoes and see the project from your perspective is essential. We aim for client relationships based on honesty, integrity and collaboration.


MODO Architects operates with the simple overriding desire to produce buildings of poetic beauty and place. We have a responsibility to create buildings that respond to and engage with people and landscape, both visually and sustainably. MODO Architects are skilled in a wide range of architectural design from residential, multi-unit residential, commercial, education, community, interior and landscape. MODO are based primarily in Auckland and Nelson, but can take on projects anywhere.

MODO Architects was established by Brendon Monk in 2014. Although very design focused, he has considerable hands on experience in the pragmatics of structure and construction. He has extensive experience in commercial, retail and education projects including complete new schools. Brendon has experience in alternative energy sources and energy efficiency is inherent in all his designs.

Living and working in Japan has strongly influenced his design philosophies and he has given N.Z.I.A. presentations on Japanese architecture, urban response and culture.

Brendon is a registered architect and member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He has designed buildings that have won awards in the following categories:

NZIA Local Architecture Award – Residential

NZIA Local Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture

NZIA Local Architecture Award – Interior Architecture

NZIA Local Architecture Award – Community Architecture

Masterbuilders – various awards

Our Projects