Rachel Venables

Rachel is a highly experienced architect with exceptional design and master-planning skills. She leads our architectural practice, ensuring our team deliver well considered, commercially successful developments.

Having worked in the architectural profession for over twenty-five years, Rachel has an excellent eye for detail and is focused on designing the best possible spaces for building occupants and users. Rachel has worked within established architectural practices as well as having her own business, allowing her to develop excellent business acumen. She has won multiple industry awards for residential and furniture design and, in 2010, became one of the youngest architects ever to be made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). She is currently serving as the Auckland Director on the NZIA Te Kāhui Whaihanga Board.

Rachel specializes in all design stages of medium to high density residential developments. As the project architect for the Standard House Types with Kāinga Ora, Rachel took a suite of concepts through to 296 MultiProofs with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). This project is fundamental to delivering scalable social housing at speed in New Zealand. Higher density work included apartment buildings and developing bathroom pod designs in the pre-fabrication and innovation space. Rachel also has significant experience in a range of other work including addition/alteration work on heritage homes and high-end new build houses.

At Maynard Marks Rachel’s focus is broadening the types of projects the team works on, leveraging the design skills and technical expertise of the architectural team into new areas. Rachel believes that the site experience and knowledge base the team has gained from remedial projects provides an unparalleled insight into our industry and an assured basis for delivering sustainable new-build projects.

Rachel’s recent work in medium-high density residential and social housing has focused on integrating high performing buildings with urban design and landscaping that also have a sound business case. Innovation in delivery to improve efficiency and time to market is an area of focus for Rachel, continuously looking for ways to build creative and technical excellence.

Rachel understands the importance of genuinely listening to clients to determine what success looks like for them. Whether assisting with a client’s business case or creating a beautiful space that brings to life their aspirations, Rachel is passionate about delivering design solutions that meet their needs and improves the lives of the people who use them.


  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours
  • Bachelor or Architectural Studies
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Registered Architect
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Auckland Director on the Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA Board