He originally trained as a draftsman before entering the Auckland School of Architecture where he graduated with honors.
Warren and Mahoney Architects employed Grant for a total of fifteen years where he worked on many award-winning buildings.
On leaving Warren and Mahoney Grant joined the now Ignite Architects where he also completed a number of award winning buildings.
Grant was a Director at Ignite and was part of the management team responsible for running a practice of fifty plus people as well as architect responsible for the design and delivery of projects.
During this time he was also involved with lecturing at Auckland University – School of Architecture – and attended the Glenn Murcutt Master Class at Newcastle University.
In 2007 Grant left Ignite Architects & moved to Whangarei where he partnered with Ian Butt to form Harris Butt Architecture Ltd. During the past eight years Ian and Grant have jointly worked on a number of projects, including the Waitangi National Trust Gateway and Amenities buildings, the Knoll Ridge Café on Mt. Ruapehu, and The Hub – new premises for Whangarei Art Museum & Heritage Trail.
Grant is the sole director / Architect with an overview of design, documentation and project delivery.
His experience ranges through design, documentation and project observation of residential, multi-unit housing, commercial and industrial projects. He has a considerable knowledge of the Northland region and has gained a broad range of experience designing and developing projects throughout Northland and the wider area throughout his career.
In 1984 Ian opened his own architectural practice Butt Design Limited.
Butt Design grew steadily and over a near twenty-year period completing many of the well-known projects in Northland, such as the Whangarei Town Basin Development, Paihia Waterfront development, the Whangarei Mall Redevelopment and apartment buildings in Paihia.
In 2007, Ian partnered with Grant Harris (ex Warren & Mahoney and Ignite Architects) and started Harris Butt Architecture. Here they have been jointly working on key cultural projects such as the Waitangi National Trust Gateway and Amenities buildings. Most recently Ian has completed the new premises for Whanagrei Art Museum located in The Hub at the Whangarei Town Basin.
In March 31st, 2016, Ian officially retired as director and share holder of HB Architecture. He is currently employed on a part time basis.
His responsibilities in this practice include design, documentation and project observation.