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Rowe Baetens Architecture is a design focused practice. Quality to us means a commitment to producing buildings that endure - physically, practically and aesthetically. After careful communication we apply innovative thinking to create solutions that transcend the brief. 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 that meet the needs of our clients.  We maintain a specialist team that focuses on projects with a cultural and artistic dimension.


The Team

As a team we strive to remain flexible, allowing us to maintain a high level of quality and consistency 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 to build and functional to occupy.


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 utilise technology which includes three dimensional coordination, graphics,  colour rendering and modelling. This technology enables precision and performance, while allowing the office to maintain strong and consistent design.  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 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 and outcome. 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 expectations.


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