Anéne has created a wonderful house for us. Our brief was turned into a beautifully detailed design that takes every advantage from the site. Her creative flair is to be seen in the sculpturing of the landscape, in the elegance of the building, and in the finishing of both the exterior and interior design. And the same attention was given to the administration of the building contract, which was finished to our best expectations.

The whole project was a pleasure for everyone involved with the builders being inspired to match the design with quality craftsmanship. The house has immediately become our home.

Marie and Malcolm

Anéne Cusins-Lewer designed a stunning oceanfront family home for us in Wellington in 2006 having listened carefully to our special needs. her design met all our requirements then and now.

She chose durable, low maintenance claddings that suited our salty environment and steel strengthening to sole with the high wind exposure.

She arranged weekly on site meetings with client and builder keeping every aspect of the complex project harmonious.

The artistic design and robust construction has more than stood the test of time and we continue to be delighted.

We would highly recommend Anéne as an architect.

Peter and Lynley Welsh

Anéne Cusins-Lewer of ArchitectureXchange designed and project managed a major renovation and extension of our house that transformed it from a cramped, odd-looking little house with poorly arranged rooms into a lovely spacious home with a stylish exterior that we are now very proud of.

At the time Anéne was recommended to us, we had been struggling to come up with sensible solutions to multiple problems with the lay-out of our house and how we were going to extend it. Anéne immediately understood our issues and seemingly effortlessly came up with a design which addressed all of our concerns.


Anéne managed our project superbly, handling the council bureaucracy, contractors, trades and the day-to-day issues that come with any building project. She has a thorough working knowledge of building codes, compliance issues, resource consent and product specifications and this allowed her to navigate a safe and conservative course around the rigid council regulations.

Anéne is a perfectionist and produces work of a very high standard. She expects high standards of others and communicates well with site personnel.

We are tremendously grateful for the energy and expertise Anéne put into our building project and have no hesitation recommending her to others.

Phil Eames and Kavita Lal

We have had the pleasure of working with ArchitectureXchange Ltd on several high profile Wellington housing projects.

Our experience while working with Anéne and her team has always proved them to be professional and well organised. Their communication with all parties has been exemplary and this has assisted us in keeping the projects on time, and eliminating any surprises with last minute changes.

Documentation was always kept up to date and sufficient notice was provided to enable variations to be costed prior to commencement. This enabled the projects to be kept within the projected programme and simplified planning and organising the relative trades and procuring materials with sufficient notice.


Consequently the project team remained positive, productive and supportive. The jobs ran smoothly and the clients were well satisfied with the end result.

We have always referred potential clients to use Anéne and her team for any project.
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Ash Sparks· A Sparks Builders Ltd www.asparks.co.nz

Anéne takes extreme pride in her work right from the design work and documentation and brings her collaborative mindset to each project.

Anéne’s on site interaction with all site staff from the Project Manager down to the Labourers has always been much appreciated. Her on site relationships with our staff, subcontractors and also local authorities has also been impeccable. 

If you are considering your options on employing an Architect, I would highly recommend having a talk with Anéne.

Tony Hodson· Manager Ebuild Ltd. www.ebuild.co.nz

We worked with Anéne to design my house. She had some great ideas for the site and her attention to detail made the building process so much easier from a build perspective. From my perspective, I was easily able to visualise the finished product. Anéne was able to incorporate all of my needs on what was a challenging site. The end result was a home that met the brief and made most use of the site. It’s a great home to live in; warm and comfortable with wonderful views from every level. Despite the fact that we built into a bank, the home is light and airy and very warm considering the south coast conditions.

Nicolette Veltman