Meet the winning Architect

Richard Sellars is the principal of Nelson-based architectural firm Continuum Architecture Ltd. 

Born in Christchurch into a family of architects, Richard grew up with an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. He remembers a childhood where kids spent afternoons running round the neighbourhood, biking along the River Avon and playing rugby on frosty Saturday mornings in Hagley Park. 

After graduating from Auckland University, Richard returned to Christchurch and worked for several years before travelling
to England. On his return to New Zealand he and his young family settled in Nelson where he has established an architectural practice specialising in residential buildings.



Richard Sellars, B.Arch., ANZIA, Continuum Architecture Ltd




He has a deep interest in how we build communities, and a belief that living neighbourhoods develop when the people living in them have access to well-designed spaces that they are able to adapt to their changing needs over the years.

“I was inspired to enter the competition because I believe that every house, no matter how small the budget or footprint, should be well-designed and placed carefully on the land. This competition provided me with the opportunity to design a warm, comfortable, light-filled home for the people of my hometown. We have a wonderful chance to ensure the same amount of careful thought and cooperative planning goes into the design of our neighbourhoods as goes into our important civic spaces”.