Solarchitect Ltd. is a Christchurch-based practice with a commitment to Environmental and Passive Solar Design, with Registered Architect and Director Russell Devlin ANZIA. 

With over 30 years’ experience on a wide-range of projects throughout the South Island. The practice is knowledgeable and highly capable of delivering a design that meets or even exceeds your expectations, and is responsive to its environment and context. 


A warm welcome

Keep warm in winter and stay cool in summer. With natural materials and great design we can create a lovely, stylish and comfortable place for you to live or work in. If this is what you are looking for, you are at the right place.  

Form - Function - Quality - Value

Our Clients are consistently looking for these four aspects to be incorporated in to the design and the creative process. These are discussed a little further on the Studio page and are aspects that are covered with you in our collaborative approach. 

Environmental design 

"Sustainability" is no passing fashion statement, it is an integral part of our lives and is primarily about being careful, efficient and practical with natural and physical resources. Working with Solarchitect gives you access to the knowledge, practical experience and environmental commitment of this practice.  


Passive solar design

Works with your site and shapes the building fabric to help keep you comfortable in all seasons. It is part of an integrated design approach we use that you will want to incorporate in your project. We would like to work with you to create a more sustainable, energy effective living environment.


Russell Devlin is a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council and a NZGBC Homestar practitioner. As a Homestar practitioner he can help guide you on good environmental design when you are planning your new home, or a renovation in your existing home.

He is also a NZ Registered Architect and member of the NZ Institute of Architects.