David Sheppard

Consultant - F.N.Z.I.A.

MArch (Penn), M. City Planning (Penn), BArch (Hons) 


After training in New Zealand and the United States David worked on a range of large scale projects in the US and Europe for several years before returning to New Zealand in 1975 to direct a major planning project near Christchurch.

In 1982 he formed Sheppard and Rout Architects with fellow Architect Jonty Rout.  In the ensuing 28 years the practice has carried out a diverse range of projects throughout New Zealand and overseas, in architecture and urban design. David has directed the design and planning of projects in the residential, education, health, commercial, Foreign Affairs and urban design sectors. 

David has served on various architecture and urban design committees and in 2012 became the President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. 

He is a member of the N.Z.I.A.'s College of Fellows and Immediate Past President of the N.Z.I.A.


Jasper van der Lingen

Director - F.N.Z.I.A.

BArch (Hons)


Since graduating from the Auckland Architecture School in 1988 Jasper has worked in a number of architecture firms in New Zealand and abroad, including a three year period in London. There he worked on architectural projects associated with significant infrastructure works such as the Channel Tunnel and the Jubilee Line Extension. Along with Tim Dagg, Jasper joined David Sheppard as a Director of Sheppard & Rout in 2006. 

After joining Sheppard & Rout in 1993, Jasper has worked as Design and Project Architect on large complex jobs, including the Christchurch International Airport Expansion, Burwood Hospital, School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, and most recently the  multi award-winning Stranges Building and BNZ Centre. Jasper is particularly interested in how buildings are integrated into a context and help form the unique identity, memory and cultural setting of a place.

Jasper was the Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury branch from 2010 to 2012 and was a member of the NZIA Council from 2015-2017. He was the convenor of the NZIA National Architecture Awards in 2016 and is currently a member of the Christchurch Council Urban Design Panel.


Tim Dagg

Director - A.N.Z.I.A.

BArch (Hons), NZCD (Arch)


After graduating from the Auckland University Architecture School in 1993, Tim rejoined Sheppard & Rout where he had previously trained as an Architectural Draughting Technician. In 2006 Tim, along with Jasper van der Lingen, joined David Sheppard as a Director of the practice.

Since returning to Sheppard & Rout Tim has been Design and Project Architect on a diverse range of projects, including numerous residential homes, Burwood Hospital surgical services unit, Wilding Park Indoor Tennis Centre, Gastroenterology unit at Christchurch Hospital, and refurbishment of the Public Trust Building. He is currently involved as Project Architect overseeing the construction phase for the major redevelopment on the Burwood Hospital Campus. 

Tim brings to any project strong skills in facilitation, documentation and teamwork alongside a deep understanding of client and user needs. Tim has an overall QA review role from a technical and coordination point of view for most projects leaving the office.

Matt Gutsell

Associate Director

BArch (Hons)


Since graduating from the University of Auckland School of Architecture in 1999, Matt has gained a broad experience in architecture, working in practices in Hawkes Bay and two years in London. In 2004 he returned to New Zealand to join Sheppard & Rout.

Matt has worked on a varied range of projects since joining Sheppard & Rout, including lead design, documentation and management of residential, commercial and education projects. Having worked on large education projects in London, Matt has developed this experience through key roles in recent projects, including the Landscape Architecture building at Lincoln University, their new commercial kitchen and dining hall, as well as classroom buildings at Avondale, Rangiora Borough and Elmwood Schools.

Current projects include the Burwood Hospital Redevelopment and several commercial, retail and hospitality buildings in central Christchurch, including the Stranges/Glendenning Building. Matt has a strong interest in the use of natural materials and the tectonics of detailing modern buildings while incorporating passive environmental design. 



Melissa Rogers

Associate Director

NZCD (Arch)


After completing her studies at Christchurch Polytechnic Melissa gained a broad experience in documentation, including a three year period in London where she worked on a variety of projects including a new Leukaemia Building at Hammersmith Hospital.

Since joining Sheppard & Rout Architects in 2001 Melissa has worked on a large range of commercial and healthcare projects, including the documentation and site management of the new Stranges building, a number of office buildings at Addington Park, Burwood Hospital Surgical Services Unit and the Burwood Hospital redevelopment.

Currently Melissa has been closely involved in the on-site observation for the redevelopment of the Burwood Hospital Campus. Melissa brought to the project strong technical and leadership skills.



Jonathan Kennedy


Associate Director

BArch (Hons)


Since graduating from the University of Auckland School of Architecture in 2005, Jonathan has worked at some of New Zealand’s top architectural firms. After spending three years in London working for an established architecture firm, he returned to New Zealand to rejoin Sheppard & Rout. 

Jonathan has worked on a varied range of projects, including lead design, documentation and management of residential, commercial and educational projects.

Having worked on large scale residential projects in London, Jonathan has developed his experience with the design of award-winning houses in New Zealand. Jonathan currently continues his experience with multi-residential and education projects, with a particular interest in efficient form and design.

Steven Orr


Associate Director

BSc. Arch (Hons) MArch (Distinction)


Steven undertook his architectural studies at both the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and the Bauhaus Universitat, Weimar, Germany. He spent the initial part of his career working in Glasgow, UK for Nord Architecture. Steven joined Sheppard & Rout in early 2011


At Sheppard & Rout, Steven enjoys the variety that comes with working on both large scale commercial projects and complex individual houses. He has successfully delivered complex projects from feasibility assessment to completion. He works alongside his clients developing a close and trusting relationship to ensure a successful outcome for each of his projects.