Andrea Tucker

NZ Registered Architect practicing
New Zealand
Team Architects Wellington

Available For Hire

Andrea has over 20 years of professional experience across various design specialities, including residential, retail, and commercial. Among her other specialist areas are social housing, education, and community spaces. She is a skilled communicator with an incredible energy and commitment. Working to provide practical designs that meet her clients needs and bring an extra bit of sparkle. Prior to joining Team Architects, Andrea ran her own boutique practice in Wellington as the Principal Architect undertaking residential additions, alterations, restorations, and joinery collaborations on variety of heritage, high end, and family homes. Earlier in her career, Andrea was involved in several award-winning projects. Including NZ Institute of Architects and NZ Registered Master Builders awards for residential, multi-unit residentials and education projects. She brings flair and tenacity to high-profile projects and has a proven ability to lead and work well with stakeholders, contractors, and clients. Andrea also advocates for women in the industry as a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Andrea has two children and balances work with raising a family. She has a range of sporting interests, including running, playing competitive netball, and coaching her children’s sporting teams. She also relishes quiet time for crafting and crochet.

Project Title
James K Baxter Cottage Heritage Renovation
Architecture Nest was engaged to renovate this derelict, uninhabited, 1870’s heritage-listed cottage that is central to a quaint Christchurch heritage streetscape, within walking distance to many of central Christchurch’s attractions. What the cottage lacked in weathertightness, durability and structural integrity, it compensated with being steeped in legend including hosting poet James K. Baxter as a boarder during his brief time in Christchurch. The client proclaimed an affinity for historic dwellings having lived in an expansive, rural, 1910’s homestead villa and wanted to engage with this contrary 1870’s urban workingman’s cottage environment. Working from the ground up, the project involved: • Renewal of the cottage foundation employing an engineered concrete Ribraft slab floor to maintain the original floor level proximity to the ground, sacrificing the original timber floorboards for overlay flooring, but reducing the tendency of subfloor construction to rot; • Relocating the original interconnecting door between the main two rooms, removing the original bricked fireplace, chimney, coal range surround, and later kitchen joinery, and reconfiguring the lean-to interior spaces to reflect cohesive modern living requirements, at the same time as renewing all compromised timber wall and roof structure and fire rating the boundary wall; • Retaining the rediscovered original timber shingle roof cladding beneath new weathertight corrugate roof cladding to the main structure and raising the lean to roof structure minimally to accommodate standard exterior door heights opening out onto the rear yard. • Enhancing the street scape by detailing a faux-chimney to match existing chimney detailing and to complement the existing chimney to neighbouring cottages, providing shelter to the front door in the form of a simple portico, and restore the original timber sash windows to receive double glazing • Upgrading all plumbing, drainage and electrical services to current standards, including in-slab heating and HWC hidden in the attic space accessed by a new attic ladder. The clients now often relish their compact urban cottage retreat for a significant change of scene and share their passion for inner city historic Christchurch with friends and family, often overhearing positive exclamations from passers-by.
Year of Completion
Heritage Renovation
Project Architect