B. Arch (Hons) Member of NZIA
Todd Allen is a Northlander born and bred, having enjoyed life on the sunny Tutukaka coast before heading off to complete his education and travel the world. Todd’s focus on architecture has seen him traveling extensively, experiencing first-hand the unique, the quirky, the historical, the visionary, and the downright mad within the world of architectural design. Buildings, objects and landscapes capture Todd’s imagination and fuel his passion, however Todd has a particular soft spot for sustainable design; both architecture and non-architecture related. In fact, Todd has started to make his own life and lifestyle more sustainable through reusing any materials he can, especially native timbers and precious metals.
Working in beautifully with Todd’s life philosophy, his home environment is a lifestyle block with cattle and a few beehives, where he can often be found spending time experimenting with alternative ways of productive farming. This includes building items out of reused or recycled materials, and collecting seeds from native trees which he then germinates himself and plants back onto his farm.
When Todd isn’t busy with work or on his lifestyle block, he can be found (or not found!) fishing, camping, snorkelling, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking or tramping – basically doing anything outdoors and in amongst nature.
Todd genuinely enjoys the responsibility of running his own projects at HB Architecture, moving from conception through to completion. It gives him great satisfaction when the plans he works on (sometimes for months) finally become a reality, and clients can start enjoying the architecture for the purpose it was designed for. He also enjoys the variety this industry brings – both in people and projects!