Kingswood House, Lyttelton, Christchurch,NZ

Kingswood House, Lyttelton, Christchurch,NZ

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Architecture is the art of shaping poetry

The Studio's work, questioning the boundary between Art and Architecture, provides engaging and innovative living space with the highest sustainability standard. Design solutions are tailored on client needs and site's characteristics. Hence the final product will be unique and strongly related to the context and wider environment. On a specific-project basis, the studio, maintaining the leadership of the whole process, works in a network with local and international practices to achieve the best operational efficiency and local knowledge worldwide to accommodate the needs of a big scale project or specific requirements.

Studio We question the boundary between Art and Architecture

Massimiliano Capocaccia Portrait

Massimiliano Capocaccia

Architect, Principal

Max was exposed to the foundations of design from an early age and worked at his father's practice in his native Rome. He completed a Masters in architecture at (university) and later established his own practice also in Rome. In 2007 he moved to New Zealand and worked with Athfield Architects before establishing mc architecture studio ltd.

Collaboration is a consistent feature of the studio and Max is committed to developing local and international networks to cross-pollinate ideas and maintain his connection and currency with best practice and new conceptual thinking. He strongly believes that interaction develops professionalism and human potential. Although strongly influenced by European standards, processes and aesthetics, Max takes inspiration from many sources. He has travelled extensively and completed his master's thesis in India where he explored low cost housing. Inspiration comes also from sports and the natural environment - the ocean and the mountains particularly - as well as music and arts. Max is passionate about built environments that attract and inspire- whether as a public civic building, a retail space or that most personal of buildings - one's own home.

  • Member of New Zealand Green Building Council
  • Member of New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Registered Architect in New Zealand & in Europe
Philip Yeo

Philip Yeo

Architectural Technician

Philip Yeo holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology. He joined MC Architecture Studio in mid 2012.

Philip was born and bred in Christchurch. From a young age he had a strong sense of design and enjoys the process of problem solving and creating. This inspired him to work with steel fabrication and he holds a National Certificate in Light Fabrication. This then inspired him to follow his passion towards Architecture.

  • 2013 National Diploma in Architectural Technology
  • 2007 - 2009 National Certificate in Engineering Fabrication
Caleb Skene Portrait

Caleb Skene

Architectural Graduate, BAS

Caleb Skene graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2018, and in the same year joined the team at MC Architecture Studio.

Previous to architecture, Caleb studied Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury for a year in order to gain a better understanding of spatial qualities on a finely detailed scale, before delving into the world of architectural design. Now still holding on to the essence of sculpture and his artistic learning’s, Caleb sees architecture in a sculptural form, as well as a place to reside.

“Architecture must not only give home to its residence, but also become a piece of art for the community it embeds itself within.”

Ting Lin Portrait

Ting Lin

Architectural Graduate, BAS

Ting Graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2017 and went on to join MC Architecture Studio in 2018. Since then she has become a NZGBC licensed Homestar Practitioner.

She has been strongly influenced by Max with his philosophy of art and architecture both at school and during her summer internship. Ting values the art in everyday life and has always been passionate about problem-solving. She believes that the process of creating architecture is to build a language between the natural environment and people.”Good architecture should not only improve people’s everyday life, but also provide a connection to one’s soul.”

During her study, she has treated every challenge as an opportunity to grow. During her second year, she was awarded “The PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” in New Brighton Tiny Huts Competition. The judges commented ‘it was the judges’ choice too’. She was also awarded NZIA Highest Achievement Award at her graduation in 2017.