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We have offices in Auckland and Nelson

Our company story

Award Winning Architecture Agency

Buildology is an Auckland based team of contemporary design and draughting experts, providing inspiring architectural designs along with a loyal service to guide you through your renovation or new build project, locally or nationwide.

Buildology is an architectural design company small enough to have personal connections with our individual clients, large enough to manage the demands of the fast paced industry, clever enough to come up with inspiring contemporary design solutions, and devoted enough to see them successfully implemented.

Adopting inspiration from many different styles we appreciate the timeless, modest characteristics of a historic Villa as much as the defined minimalism of a modern holiday home. We are committed to working alongside our clients and believe our design solution should deliver spaces that are visually stimulating while creating places and spaces you personally require.



Romé Smit


Romé is a Principal at Buildology and a senior designer who has been with the firm for more than 11 years. She has worked on a wide range of projects varying in style and scale, from renovation projects to new builds.

She is constantly increasing her knowledge of the technical aspects of the building industry and is enthusiastic about her job. “I truly enjoy every aspect of what I do within design and architecture and I hope to channel this enthusiasm into achieving the best possible results. In an industry that is always evolving you need to embrace change.”

“Being able to envision something and then articulating it through forms of art which you can bring to life in a physical entity is truly satisfying”

Coming from an upbringing passionate about design and build, Rome was exposed to building projects from a young age. She was always ‘creating’ and this passion lead her to the architecture industry.



Mike and Ursula Elliott

"Getting the renovation process started was quite a daunting thought. We have a big family and live very busy lives, which didn’t leave a lot of time to focus on a renovation. Buildology came highly recommended and they made the whole experience and process so much easier. They were great at exploring every design question we had at the start, and then following through in the execution so we could realize our dream. Their enthusiasm and energy never faded and truly shared in the experience with us every step of the way. The brief wasn’t easy, but they cleverly managed to design it in a way that made it all come together, exceeding our expectations. Our new home is perfect and we absolutely love it. Buildology were amazing and we highly recommend them. "

Wade Haldane - Renovation Works

"We have recommended a large number of our clients to the Buildology over the years and find their service to be very thorough, conscientious and supportive, especially during the build.
With many of our projects being complex and varied in design scope, we rely on the design team to consider how the work will be done and help preempt issues before they arise.
Allan and Rome have work very hard to provide the best service possible to our clients despite the recent obstacles caused by Covid 19.
As a renovation company and used to working with clients plans from many other designers, I continue to recommend Buildology as our first choice of design practitioners. "

Stefan and Krissy Le Geyt

"Romé and the team at Buildology helped guide us through every step of our renovation from initial concepts then working drawings and council consent and even during construction until we received our code of compliance certificate. They were amazing to deal with as we had many questions being first time renovators. We discussed our vision with Allan and Romé for an open plan living area with a retractable deck over the existing swimming pool. We wanted to maximise the entertaining space on a tricky site due to the placement of the existing buildings and pool, Romé took our ideas and created a concept that we loved. Her enthusiasm for our project encouraged us to move forward with construction. We also used a Buildology recommended builder which helped to streamline any construction queries. Buildology’s communication, professionalism and quality of work was outstanding throughout the entire build and we have no hesitation in recommending their services. We now live in a beautifully proportioned house which suits the way we live perfectly. "

Steve and Hollie

"Romé & Buildology have been an outstanding partner for us on three projects we have completed – with the largest being our demolition and new build of a large family home with pool. Our experience with the Buildology team has been outstanding – their commitment to understanding our needs whilst also advising us through the process has been excellent. If you are looking for a true partner who will be on the building / renovation journey with you then you should talk to Buildology "

Mark Lewis and Tracy Strudley

"Look no further.  Buildology is where you go when you want to work with trustworthy, clever people who care about their clients and love what they do.  My partner and I engaged them to renovate our 1926 Arts and Crafts home for our blended family.  All 5 girls needed their own space and own rooms as did we.  Our brief was simple.  Renovate to give us a modern home that was comfortable, elegant and could easily entertain in.  This wasn’t an easy task but they met the brief all the way and in many instances exceeded it. Mark was particularly pleased with his 8 car garage and I was thrilled with the clever use of space which is now our ensuite. The Buildology are exceptionally clever, work to budget and to time.  They have a great vibe in the office and communication was superb.  We have recommend them to family, friends and business colleagues and they continue to impress them too. "

Shahnaz Rustomjee

"We embarked on our home renovation journey last year. We feel blessed to get Buildology recommended to us by our builders for concept plans. Honestly Rome and her team were absolutely AMAZING!!!! For amateurs like me it a scary process, but Rome took time and communicated every single step, gave us advice and delivered on everything they promised. There was full transparency on expected costs that allowed us to be prepared and mitigate any delays. Irrespective of COVID, Rome and Sarah made this whole experience seamless.
They are a group of hard working professionals, that me and my family highly recommend.
Thanks for making this an effortless and seamless experience for us.
Keep up the great work Team Buildology.
P.S. Congrats on the ADNZ Auckland awards, such a great acknowledgement of the amazing work you all do. "

Zane Raphael - Renovation Builders

"I own a Renovation Company called Renovation Builders. One of the biggest problems I have seen in my 25+ Years of Building is clients come to me with plans which have been poorly drawn or are well beyond their budget.
I first came across a set of Buildology plans some 12 years ago when pricing them for a client. As a builder the first thing we want to see is detail and be able to have quick interaction with the designer so a project can flow. Ultimately, poor plans cost clients money. We work alongside Buildology with pricing and know there will be quick turn around with detail when we run into issues on site whilst building.
I personally used Rome and the team for my own home and continue to recommend them to my clients.
They are in my opinion leading designers in today Building market. "

Matt and Shireen Gould

"“We  have had the pleasure of dealing with Buildology and Romè Smit on two occasions now for two substantial, but also very different renovations.
The first , a 1940s bungalow which was lifted and repositioned was, although a lengthy process, a beautiful home when finished which was a finalist in the Trends Renovation of the Year 2019. We couldn’t have been more proud of our home that had so much thought and care put into it by Romè.
We found her so friendly and thoughtful to deal with and she is truly passionate about her craft.
Similarly the second project , an early 2000 reclad has emerged a wonderful home with care and thought to bring out the very best in a difficult renovation.
Again, the care and time taken to produce the very best, under very difficult  compliance conditions has us once again thrilled.
We are happy to recommend and also talk to any prospective clients of Buildilogy.
Our grateful thanks.” "

Leonie von Sturmer, Von Sturmer’s Ltd

"As a spatial designer, we often have grand ideas and concepts and need help nailing the details, and pulling the larger picture together cohesively for our clients and the council.   I have worked with Rome’ at Buildology  (Architectural Designers) in this capacity on residential projects, and have found her to be an incredibly hard working, trustworthy professional that tends to not let her ego and architectural know-how overpower what is the best outcome for our clients.  Everything is discussed and implemented in a co-operative fashion.  She has been a pleasure to work alongside with the great building team at Riddington Builders. "


"“Buildology is a great team of people who are very good at what they do. They were professional and approachable during the entire design process, adaptable when I requested changes, and continue to be communicative and responsive to me as a client. I love the final look of my build, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Buildology to others.” "

Cameron Holm - Create Renovations

"“We have used Buildology for over 12 years. Over these years they have designed dozens of amazing homes for our clients. Great plans to work with. They are trustworthy and they really do care.” "

Duncan Barr

"“We engaged Buildology for our extensive renovation last year, we did an extension, added two bedrooms, did a full re-clad and completely changed the layout of the living and kitchen area. The ideas that were put forward to us were amazing, all whilst aiming to be as cost effective as possible. The team were great to deal with and i can’t speak highly enough of them. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Buildology to anyone who wants a professional yet super friendly team to work with! Thanks again!” "

Barbara MacGregor - My Home Renovations

"“At MyHome Renovations we have used Buildology for a number of years on a regular basis to help design and consent renovation projects for our clients. They are great to work alongside and come up with some stunning designs. They use some great 3D software that helps our clients to really visualize the final outcome. We also find their plans very clear and easy to work from. Highly recommend.” "