Shauna Herminghouse

NZ Registered Architect practicing
Wprkplace Design Specialist


I'm an architect who specialises in - and is really passionate about -workplace design. I work as an independent contractor, embedding myself within organisations to help work with them on how to best design workplaces to suit an organisation's goals, strategy, requirements and culture. Previously, as an Associate Principal at Jasmax, I was a leader of Jasmax's Wellington studio and the Interiors team. After starting out my career in San Francisco in residential and civic architecture, I moved to New Zealand to undertake postgraduate research on perceptual responses to daylight in architecture. Staying on in New Zealand after my studies, I returned to residential and later, again, civic architecture and interiors in Auckland before moving to Wellington and focusing solely on workplace interiors at Studio Pacific Architecture, then Jasmax. My interior architecture work is primarily government workplace fitouts, throughout New Zealand, as well as locations overseas. I was the Chair of the Wellington Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, for several years and was also part of a team that organised a public photo exhibition of women in construction in 2012. I am currently part of the Wellington chapter committee of CoreNet, a global commercial real estate network.

Project Title
Beca Auckland fitout
Beca’s 900-strong Auckland team, initially located within two separate buildings, have been unified within this custom-designed fitout. The transformation of the engineering consultancy’s workspace enabled the company to significantly alter their organisational culture, opening up the working floor layout to support evolving collaborative working practices. Distinct zones for individual and team based work transition into studio type spaces; these strategically located open plan areas facilitate cooperation and encourage creative thinking. Each working floor’s core has been transformed into a dynamic and interactive hub consisting of a black cruciform-shaped kitchenette surrounded by vibrant coloured furniture. Each floor’s focal hub is custom coloured; as they are visible from outside at night these bright colours offer a glimpse of the buzz within. The graphic use of colour is complemented by detail touches such as an exposed plywood edge used throughout the joinery elements. This cohesive, crafted approach alludes to the nature of Beca’s work. Meeting a compressed timeline and budget, this fitout presents a highly professional image of Beca as an innovator in its field. The design realises Beca’s key goal of providing an excellent client experience, by bringing the knowledge and talent of Beca staff into the foreground. A new open, interactive workplace now mirrors the strength of the organisation within. Project by: Studio Pacific Architecture, Photography: Patrick Reynolds
Year of Completion
Commercial Interior
Project Architect