Here's what our clients have to say about working with milieu...


“Kate from Milieu designed our 250sqm coastal family home on Aucklands North Shore. She came up with a design that delivered everything we were looking for within a fairly restricted site, with her clever and creative design. We have really enjoyed the whole process and found Kate easy to work with. She finds a good balance between challenging us as clients when we need it and listening to what we want. We have always found Kate to be respectful of our budget and timeline and good at communicating when our decisions affect the scope of the project.

We highly recommend working with Milieu Architecture + Design.”

Stuart & Davinia Goodes, Rothesay Bay, Auckland 2018

“Kate has been great to work with over the past 18 months, from the initial discussion of services she might offer, through all the stages of design, discussions with builder, and the consent process. From the outset, Kate provided clear and accurate information about her services and the costs involved. Kate listened closely in order to get a complete understanding of what I wanted, and to help me clarify my own ideas when needed.”

Andrea Dawe, Sandringham, Auckland, 2018

“Kate and team have been absolutely amazing throughout our renovation process. We loved the plans Kate designed for our house - they were unique and interesting, whilst being sympathetic to the existing structure. Kate has always been fast to respond to communications, offered practical advice and is always happy to take feedback and make changes. Her interior advice was an added bonus and we've taken on a lot of her suggestions relating to materials and layout. They have continued to support us throughout the build process, coming on site to consult with the builders. I'd definitely recommend Milieu to anyone looking for an architect for their new build or renovation project.”

Ben & Olivia Winterbourne, Eden Terrace, Auckland, 2018

“Kate has been fantastic. She has taken our full house reconfiguration from concept to building consent with some cabinetry design as well. Her design work, professionalism and communication are excellent. Highly recommend.”

Fletcher & Kelly Thomas, Saint Heliers, Auckland 2018

"Kate Is an amazingly talented architect and all round great person. She takes time to understand your needs and delivers creative designs to match both your brief and budget. She is a fantastic communicator and has great knowledge of building practices and codes. She follows a proven process from concept to finished drawings and keeps you well informed and on top of timings. We loved the way Kate interpreted our ideas and came back with fresh thinking that opened up spaces in ways that we couldn't imagine. She managed all the details in terms of finishes and took all that hassle away. We have and would continue to recommend Kate to anyone."

Craig & Rachel Griffin, Bucklands Beach, Auckland, 2017

"We hired Kate to design a summer house for our plot in the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden) and she did not disappoint! She was able to conceptualise our vision and create a functional, yet beautiful space that is full of personality. All deadlines were met and her professionalism and knowledge certainly helped the project along, despite encountering foreign planning laws and restrictions.  Highly recommended!"

Linda & Guy Parry, Stockholm, 2016

"Kate organized our renovation. This included drawing the plans, submitting plans to council for consent, doing our lighting plan and built in furniture. She was a pleasure to work with. Professional, organized, punctual and detailed. I recommend her as an excellent architect"

Diana Warring, Mt Victorian Wellington, 2017

"Kate is an indispensable resource to have for any building project. Given the current climate of the building industry, it is difficult to decipher some of the services different companies provide and what is chargeable or not. Kate at Milieu is not only open and honest, her communication skills are impeccable. She provides a clear plan on what the project will require and guides you through so you understand enough to make an informed decision.   Kate took care of our building consent for our coffee shop and helped answer questions we didn't even know were required. She took a difficult space and designed an amazing layout that will allow for the workflow we will need. Flexible and quick to respond to questions, she made sure our consent was on track and we were able to get it submitted on a very tight deadline.  I would absolutely use her services again and will keep her mind when we expand to a second location or a personal residential renovation."

Trinity Tran, Cafe Fitout, Auckland, 2016

"Kate was amazing to work with. She took our brief, vague descriptions and ideas and turned them into our dream home. We had no experience with this and really needed our hand held - she was fantastic in breaking it all down with what needed to be done, seeking out/recommending other professionals for us, and explaining and navigating the proposed Auckland unitary plan. Unfortunately, our house renovation/rebuild did not go ahead due to budget constraints - however this was nothing to do with Kate and was simply the market conditions at the time of our project. If our circumstances change or something else comes up we will be going to Kate in the first instance, and will be recommending her to anyone who is wanting to renovate or build."

Terri & Joel Coleman, Milford, Auckland, 2016

"Kate is a fantastic architect to work with as she is dedicated to her clients. She has gone over and above in researching different design and construction options for her clients so that they can make informed choices and get value for money in their construction choices.  Fastidious in the service she provides to her clients, Kate is also a talented designer and is always able to find solutions that balance practicality with delight."

Kitty Fan & Minka Ip, Eden Terrace, Auckland, 2016

"Kate was highly recommended to us by some friends so we contacted her to redesign the interior / exterior of our house. We had a specific design brief and asked Kate to bring her ideas to design our dream home.  Kate was very friendly and helpful and we are very happy with what she provided us. We can't wait to put it in place now :)"

Olivier Lawer and Hayley Wolf, Glen Eden, Auckland, 2016

"Kate's used her professional's knowledge and experience in renovating small spaces to create a kitchen plan that makes the best use of space, is functional and looks great. The Concept design plan was innovative, beautiful and created elements that I hadn't previously considered.   I'm looking forward to working with Kate to compete the renovation."

Laura Jury, Onehunga, Auckland, 2016