Practice Profile

Yardley and Foster is a small practice offering a personal experience in the art of architecture making. We aim to explore New Zealand's local conditions for a timeless style of architecture respecting the past while offering a new creative architectural language; considered, clear, and relevant. Our goal is to create a distinct sense of place and belonging. Form, space, and materials are translated into quality, classic, timeless buildings.

Yardley and Foster Architecture engages with the world around it out-with our own discipline. Within the practice, we are often provoked and inspired by social and cultural issues inherent within cities and the rural landscape, allowing for a response in form and materiality. This understanding and passion for material and technological innovation for detail, craftsmanship, texture, and pattern is something that underpins the philosophy of our business, leading to the future development of buildings which respond but also celebrate the tradition of New Zealand’s innovation and our profound respect of the land. The practice additionally takes great inspiration from New Zealand’s stance and response to sustainability.

Our Story

Initially, set up in the heart of the Christchurch Business District before the September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake displaced and disrupted business, relocation to Merivale Mall (upstairs) has allowed our practice to settle into a more focused direction. The collaboration between creative directors, Nicholas Yardley and Rochelle Foster has formed a unique partnership. Yardley and Foster Architecture have worked on a wide range of projects specialising in alterations, new homes, retail and small scale commercial projects. We are interested in creating beautifully crafted places and spaces based on a comprehensive study of site, context, landscape and brief creating a backdrop of peoples lives.

Nicholas Yardley  is a principle of Yardley and Foster. Nicholas studied Architecture in 2009, graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) Degree in 2009. Licensed Building Practitioner Design 2.  Nicholas draws from over 10 years of architectural practice experience ranging from commercial, residential, and retail. Primary responsibilities as design/project designer he takes projects from conceptual design through to administration and completion.  Contact  021 1089736        nicholas@yardleyandfoster.nz

Nicholas Yardley is a principle of Yardley and Foster. Nicholas studied Architecture in 2009, graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) Degree in 2009. Licensed Building Practitioner Design 2.

Nicholas draws from over 10 years of architectural practice experience ranging from commercial, residential, and retail. Primary responsibilities as design/project designer he takes projects from conceptual design through to administration and completion.

Contact 021 1089736 nicholas@yardleyandfoster.nz


Rochelle Foster is a principle of Yardley and Foster. Rochelle studied Architecture in 2009 graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies Degree (BAS) with the Supreme Award in Interior Architecture. Licensed Building Practitioner Design 2.

Rochelle has built a strong professional reputation by working closely with her clients to successfully deliver innovative and creative solutions to her projects. She has the experience and ability to deliver quality and value to her clients proposals. Extremely ambitious, Rochelle enjoys the daily running of the business, project management, conceptual design and working in a collaborative environment - where each person brings a unique approach to any given project and where she can appreciate different strengths.

Contact 027 6977917 rochelle@yardleyandfoster.nz


Nico Dubois  Architectural Technician - Architectural Graduate - Masters in Architecture  Contact  nico@yardleyandfoster.nz

Nico Dubois Architectural Technician - Architectural Graduate - Masters in Architecture

Contact nico@yardleyandfoster.nz