Raphael was born and raised in the Coromandel of New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Uni Tech in Auckland, New Zealand with a certificate in Passive House design. His experience as Head of Maintenance at a local summer camp for boys and as a Project Manager at a construction company has given Raphe more than fifteen years’ understanding of residential building under his belt. His work is driven by a hands-on sensibility and focused by a home’s energy performance through design and materials.
As a teenager Raphe helped restore old country villas. His thirst for adventure led him to America to experience different vernacular styles of building. A keen explorer of foreign lands, Raphe loves to build tree houses, fly kites, listen to live music, and go mountain biking, hiking, and camping with his wife and two boys. He once built a home for his family during his spare time over an 18 month period- a feat not for the faint of heart while working full time. Between his family and clients, Raphe serves the camp where he was Head of Maintenance as a mentor and counselor to young boys who share a passion for the outdoors.