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Rowe Baetens Architecture is a design focused practice crafting unique design solutions that are defined by clarity, tactility and atmosphere. Quality to us means a commitment to producing buildings that endure both physically and practically but also aesthetically. We apply innovative thinking to create solutions that transcend any given brief and we believe that the client-architect relationship is fundamental to this process.


Our work is characterised by clarity, tactile materiality and the dynamic interplay of volume, light and mass. These attributes are the building blocks of good design and are the real forces that shape good architecture. Through a process of continual critique and refinement, our aim is to develop individual design solutions to meet the needs of our clients. 


The Team

We aspire to remain a small specialist team that focuses on innovative and unique projects often with a cultural and artistic dimension. By remaining small and flexible we can maintain a high level of quality over the design, documentation and delivery of all work we produce. Our team are committed and dedicated toward producing well thought out architectural solutions that are practical both to build and to occupy.

Our team utilise state-of-the-art computer technology (ArchiCAD) which includes three dimensional coordination, graphics,  colour rendering and modelling. This technology increases precision and performance, while enabling the office to maintain strong design control over any given project. The software enables us to produce realistic visual representations and to explore aesthetic options of materiality, light, volume and form.


Tom Rowe, Director
BAS, B.Arch (Hons), ANZIA

Tom is a registered architect with 18 years experience in the architecture industry. He has travelled widely to satisfy a hunger and fascination with culture and architecture. Tom worked closely with Noel Lane for 9 years on both residential and commercial projects, developing extensive design experience across a diverse variety of projects.


Saskia Baetens, Director
B.Arch (Hons), BFA (Hons)

Saskia has trained in both architecture and fine art, majoring in sculpture. She has travelled widely and worked in practices both locally and in Europe. Saskia has extensive design experience in a large variety of building typologies and interiors, and specialises in renovation work.


We develop individual design solutions that respond and reflect the client's brief. These solutions are refined over the project development. The client relationship is of paramount importance and this is strengthened by on going communication and dialogue throughout the project. Communication begins with establishing values and principles that aggregate into a concept driven design approach.

We work alongside a highly skilled team of consultants including Geotechnical and Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Landscape designers and Project Manager at critical stages in our projects ensure performance to realistic budget and time restraints.

The studio is actively involved in commissions varying in scale including small custom designed sculptural objects, carefully detailed homes and holiday homes, urban design right through to museum design and multi lot subdivision master planning.


Selected Awards

Volcano House

2018 . NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Housing
2018 . Registered Master Builders Supreme Award
2018 . Auckland Registered Master Builders
House of the Year
2018 . Registered Master Builders Gold Award
New Home over $2 million
2018 . Registered Master Builders Category win
New Home over $2 million
2018 . Craftsmanship Award
2018 . Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award
2018 . The Heart of the Home Kitchen Award
2018 . Fairview Residential over $100K Project
of the Year Winner
2018 . Fairview Supreme Residential Project of the
Year Winner

Northland Lake House
NZIA Auckland Awards - Alteration
TRENDS International Design Award 2016 - NZ Renovation

Seaside Cabins
NZIA Auckland Awards - Small Project Architecture

James Restaurant
NZIA Auckland Awards- Hospitality and Retail

Pool Pavilion
NZIA Auckland Awards - Small Project Architecture


Northland Lake House
Trends #33

City Villa

Trends #32
Houses #41

Pool Pavilion
HOME NZ Dec ‘15 / Jan ‘16

Tom Rowe
Houses #39

Island House
Houses #32

Tom Rowe and Saskia Baetens
Urbis #68

James Restaurant
Interior Magazine #??

Arrowtown House
Habitus #11

Urbis #37
Indesign #36