Chris Howell, B.Arch, has 29 years’ experience as M4’s director, practice manager and project architect, during which time his passion for stunning design and bringing enduring joy to his clients has only strengthened. As a registered architect and member of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, Chris continually undergoes professional development ensuring his qualifications are up-to-date and that the firm continues to meet and exceed client expectations.
We are a progressive practice that provides exciting innovative design solutions giving clients a sense of individual identity and pride.
We excel at developing sensible, timely, economic solutions which meet a clients brief, budget and timeframe ensuring the best value for money. We have designed a wide range of commercial and residential projects.
Our approachable working style means clients are able to freely contact Chris and the team or call in to our office ensuring open communication. The practice is of the belief that the best buildings spring from and open and enthusiastic collaboration between architect and client.
Our pricing is competitive and transparent; clients know what to expect. Where ever possible we keep our cost to a minimum.
Main 4 Architect Ltd operates from offices at 47 Norfolk Street which houses a very experienced team, supported by up to date technology.
Over the years we have been involved with only the best builders in the district, it is through this team work we maintain a high standard of finish.
Main 4 have designed four residential homes for my wife and I, one was a complete make-over of an existing plain fibrolite dwelling. Chris’s design added the wow factor to the building yet he did not dominate the process, allowing Jan and myself to add in our own personal ideas all the way through to completion. They also designed an Industrial Park with 25 units, complete with artist impression for marketing and contributed reviews in a commercial development for me. I found the company to be excellent in all aspects of their work and were very easy and accommodating to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending them for all aspects of architectural buildings.
In the early ‘nineties’ I asked four architects to submit an ‘Artist’s’ impression of a proposed warehouse, to accommodation building. The submission by Main 4 was in my opinion 10 years ahead of the others. Since then I have used them many times for both commercial and residential projects and have recommended them to friends who on the whole have been very satisfied. As I have a life interest in building, construction, and design I have a practical outlook and find Main4 have been willing to listen to experience and still produce clear, precise and innovative schemes.
Main 4 was able to offer my clients well designed and practical homes. I found Chris easy to get along with, he was able to meet my budgets and time frames.