Sheppard & Rout Architects was established in 1982 by David Sheppard and the late Jonty Rout in Christchurch, New Zealand. The partners brought to the practice extensive design and construction experience gained while working with other offices in New Zealand and abroad. 

Tim Dagg and Jasper van der Lingen joined David Sheppard as Directors of the practice in 2006.



We aim to produce humanist architecture comprised of stimulating and inspirational spaces and places.

We are a design-based practice that believes in providing tailor-made solutions to an individual client's needs. The fundamental objective of the practice is to develop architecture that is appropriate to its specific site, wider context and intended use while being robust, flexible and environmentally-aware. 

These variables are used along with the appropriate structural considerations to develop buildings with well-suited form and style, instead of approaching the design from a stylistic standpoint.



Sheppard & Rout offer planning, urban design, and architectural services. The practice has extensive experience and competency in a diverse range of architecture, from large scale complex commercial and institutional projects to individual homes and alterations.

A focus for Sheppard & Rout is to foster a team approach to practicing architecture that maintains ready and effective communication between client, consultants and contractor. We frequently advise clients on the formulation of the project brief as well as the appropriate options available for their specific development. Furthermore, we have the ability and experience to advise on urban design and planning projects at all scales. 



Sheppard & Rout practice with a 24 strong team out of our central Christchurch studio. We ensure close working relationships between all staff and partner involvement in every commission to retain a high design quality and technical competence on all projects.

While we hold a close interest and involvement with Christchurch and its re-build following the earthquakes, we also work on projects across New Zealand, notably in Queenstown and Wellington. The practice moved back to 104 Salisbury Street in 2015 after extensive renovations were undertaken to the original villa and a new studio pavilion was added at its rear.


Sheppard & Rout Studio  - 104 Salisbury Street, Central Christchurch