We want to make the process of building a home easy for clients.

Prior to the founding of Ben Hudson Architects, Ben Hudson and John Mathieson met whilst working at a former studio, where a shared interest was realised in producing bespoke, imaginative architecture that is well constructed and sits comfortable in it’s surrounding.

Our past experience and combined knowledge and skills allow us to bring a broader perspective to the conversation. Ben and John work together on all stages of our projects; a collaborative approach that brings dual sensibilities to each design, ensuring that quality of detail is maintained in the final build.


A home tells your story.

A core strength is our past experience and the combined knowledge and skills of the team. Ben and John will work together on all design stages of our projects; a collaborative approach that brings dual sensibilities to each design.

We believe successful projects require good communication and earned trust between clients, architects, consultants and builders. Our work demonstrates sensitivity and subtlety in design, whilst ensuring that quality of detail is maintained in project realisation.

We employ the latest 3D software to stay at the forefront of architectural technology in design – our set up is mobile, allowing us to bring the ‘studio’ to site or your home.

We maintain a focus on residential and small scale commercial architecture, offering a full scope of NZIA architectural services including;

  • Site selection and feasibility studies
  • Concept design and resource consents
  • Advice on procurement methods
  • Developed design and detailed design/ construction documentation
  • Tendering and contractor negotiation services
  • Contact observation and administration/ client representation services

Ben Hudson.

A graduate from the Oxford School of Architecture, Ben gained 23 years’ experience at top practices in the UK and Auckland before launching Ben Hudson Architects in 2019. Prior to forming Ben Hudson Architects, Ben was Studio Manager and associate architect at Warren and Mahoney’s Queenstown office, where he worked for 10 years.

Ben has a strong understanding of the design and delivery of demanding residential projects. He is an effective thinker with proven strategic, analytical, technical and communication skills. He has a flair for graphic communication and his concept innovation and development of designs are well received by clients. From the outset of a project through to its completion, Ben strives to achieve outstanding design in architecture.

Ben engages in the wider profession as an active member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Southern Branch Committee. He is the Graduate Coordinator, furthering his devotion to helping aspiring young architects across the region, and also coordinates one of the local Practice Support Groups, bringing together architects and likeminded professionals each month.


John Mathieson.

John grew up on an Otago farm, where an ongoing fascination with buildings in the landscape saw him gravitate toward a career more architectural than agricultural.

He has worked with architects in Melbourne and most recently Queenstown, where he met Ben and a shared architectural approach was realised.

John brings a wealth of experience in documenting and running projects. His meticulous method of working ensures a clear and consistent approach to everything we do. John applies thought and invention to the finer detail that can make the difference between good design and great design.

He is highly skilled in preparing successful building consent documentation on large and complex residential and commercial projects, particularly those in the challenging South Island environment.

From start to finish, John has the ability, proven experience and attention to detail to deliver projects at all levels, turning design concepts into built architecture.