Scott Donnell and Lisa Day are the founding partners. Between us we have more than 30 years combined experience on award winning projects in NZ and the UK.

We are approachable, Registered Architects who really listen and collaborate with our clients.

A little about us

Donnell & Day Architecture Ltd was formed in 2008 with a dream to bring bespoke architecture within reach. Our design approach centres on people, because the quality of your living space affects your everyday learning, sharing, health and wellbeing. Our projects have heart and soul, and utilise sustainable design techniques to make the most of light, site, budget and the environment.

We believe balance is key to designing beautiful architecture that is responsive to daily life, and that works for you. Because family needs change over time we also look to incorporate future proofing elements and design flexibility into all our designs where possible.

This innovative studio is based in Cockle Bay, Auckland, and we are currently working on projects throughout the North Island of New Zealand.


Lisa Day

Lisa received the NZ Institute of Architects award for the best design work every year she was at Auckland University. After graduating as the senior scholar from Auckland University School of Architecture, Lisa worked at high profile architecture practices including Allies and Morrison (London), Crosson Clarke Architects, Felicity Wallace Architects and Hillery Priest Architecture. She is the principal of DONNELL & DAY with a focus on bespoke and sustainable residential design.

Scott Donnell

Scott is also an honours graduate with over 18 years architecture experience in commercial, master planning and residential design. You can contact him at ISTHMUS for commercial, arts, landscape and urban design projects.

Our Clients

Our clients work with us because we “get them”. We also simplify the entire process and make projects easy. Our clients also quickly realise that, for us, designing great architecture is not about our egos, but achieving their dreams and desires.


Our Family

We have two great kids and molly the dog who do a fantastic job at ensuring our approach to architecture stays real and relevant.