Massimiliano Capocaccia Architecture Studio Ltd is an award-winning Christchurch-based architecture firm - practicing across New Zealand and internationally on a wide range of projects from small house renovations and new residential builds to larger commercial buildings. 


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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 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

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Currently working from Wellington, New Zealand while completing his Masters in Architecture.

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, Caleb sees architecture in both a sculptural form and a place to reside.

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

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Hamish barnett

Hamish Barnett joined MC Architecture Studio in 2021 with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and several years of experience in the architecture industry.

​He is a highly motivated individual, passionate about architecture, and has a particular focus on problem-solving.


In his spare time, Hamish rides motor trials at a national level and enjoys snowboarding.