Practice ― Jose Gutierrez Ltd

Jose Gutierrez Ltd is an award winning boutique architectural design practice based in Auckland, New Zealand. Founded by José Gutiérrez in 2008, the practice works across projects of varying scales within the commercial and residential sectors. Always providing bold and innovative design solutions tailored to suit client needs.

The practice has always aimed to maintain an open and responsive approach to each individual brief. This means that design solutions are project-specific with more emphasis placed on the experience of the end user rather than the reinforcement of an architectural style. This is underlined by an ethos that fundamentally, architecture should be an engaging creative medium, accessible, inspiring and relevant to the people that interact with it.

Director ― Jose Gutierrez

José was born in Lima, Peru. When he was 7 years old his family migrated to Auckland, NZ. José has always maintained strong connections to his Latin American heritage, which became fused with his life experiences of growing up in NZ. He graduated with an honours degree in Architecture from the University of Auckland in 2000. After graduating he spent his time between the UK and NZ working with London award winning architects dMFK, and Auckland based multi-award winning Andrew Lister Architect. In 2008 he returned to Auckland to set up his own architectural design practice, Jose Gutierrez Ltd. Since then, it has gone on to become a successful award winning architectural design practice with a broad range of work across the commercial and residential sectors. The overwhelming passion for architecture and design that practice director José Gutiérrez has is the driving force behind the practice.

Principal ― Ennis Jalal

Ennis graduated from the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture in 2011 with a Masters in Architecture (prof) [Hons]. He has spent the time since then working within the private residential and light commercial sector of architecture, mostly with Jose Gutierrez Ltd in NZ, as well as working for Hackney based practice DEDRAFT in London. He became a registered architect in late 2023.

Awards & Achievements

  • Guest Critic, final year graduate presentations, University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning
  • Guest lecturer at the Design and Visual Arts Faculty — Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland
  • NZ Interior Awards 2013 — Judge
  • NZ House & Garden Interior of the year 2013 - Finalist, Beresford St West