Meet the team

We have a phenomenal team of passionate professionals who will dedicate their hearts to your work. Our people are what makes us stand out - we simply could not do it without them.

David Gaze

David Gaze

Executive Director

David is the founder and executive director of Gaze Commercial. Over the past thirty-eight years, he has built up Gaze as a trusted architectural, interior design and project management company, that operates throughout New Zealand. David is strategically passing the reigns over to his team so that they can further create innovative concepts and opportunities for Gaze’s clients. He continues to work with clients to resolve their property concerns and partakes in development opportunities privately and within limited partnerships. 

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Chris Stafford-Bush

CEO

Chris has more than 25 years construction, manufacturing and project delivery experience. He has previously delivered large commercial, hospitality, industrial and laboratory projects throughout New Zealand and Australia. Chris brings many years of finance, contract negotiation, problem resolution, and value engineering practices to the business.  During his last three years with Gaze, Chris has account managed several clients including Emirates Leisure Retail with projects at Auckland's International and Domestic Airports.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris

South Island Executive Director

Michael helps businesses in the South Island find new premises, develop property strategies, and refurbish commercial office spaces and industrial buildings. His background in finance and commercial property means clients get practical advice and cost-effective solutions. He has been working with Gaze since 2013 and maintains a significant network of professional contacts to help make things happen. In his current role, he acts as the main liaison between clients, designers, and project managers to ensure the Gaze delivers precisely what each client wants, on budget and on time.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Wellington Regional Manager

Matt is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture, construction, project management & planning industry. Skilled in negotiation, business planning, banking, retail, and customer relationship Management (CRM). Strong sales professional with excellent relationship management skills.

Daniel Curtiss

Daniel Curtiss

CFO/COO

Responsible for Operations and Finance, working alongside the team encouraging efficiencies and monitoring the numbers. Daniel has over 20 years of experience working in many industries in New Zealand and abroad. Being the go-to for many aspects of the business Daniel is passionate about having the team work as one unit and delivering great projects. 

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Brendon Gaze

National Head of Project Managers

Brendon has undertaken significant project work for many of Gaze's major clients. He has more than 15 years of project management experience across a broad range of projects from $100k to $35M in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand, and has worked for Gaze Commercial Ltd since 2012. He has successfully delivered multiple level fit-outs and infrastructure upgrades, complex educational and hotel upgrades, technology projects (including a Data Centre and a Nanoplasmonics Laboratory), along with several projects involving hazardous, high-risk, and large structural elements.

Raja Hidzir

Raja Hidzir

Design Studio Manager / Principal Architect (Reg: 2942)

Raja has extensive experience in complex building refurbishment works including several years as a project and principal design architect on numerous projects in NZ and overseas. Architectural and interior projects he had worked on in the last 6 years include new builds and alterations of commercial, institutional and educational buildings, many of which involved operational sites and complex structural and services installations. Through these projects, Raja has gained considerable knowledge and experience in complex building design and construction including major alterations.

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Terry Whittingham

Construction Manager

Terry has over 20 year’s construction experience in commercial and light industrial buildings.  Terry has worked in many fields in the construction industry including project management, estimating, operating systems and internal controls and is an advocate for value engineering when it comes to his clients. Terry’s functional areas of expertise include new constructions, expansions, interior fit-out and maintenance. He is qualified in stipulated price & construction management contracts and has design-build & traditional bid experience.

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Fritsen Kristanto

Accountant

Fritsen is a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional who has been meeting the accounting needs of different corporations in Auckland for the past six years. He currently works as the Accountant for Gaze, handling large volumes of transactions, in addition to analysing and summarising financial documents for financial status reporting during management meetings. With his analytical mind and careful computational skills, he is able to perform precise tasks, ensuring that financial transactions are accurately represented.

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Amber May

Project Operations Coordinator

Amber predominantly supports the Project Delivery Team as well as assisting with other aspects of Gaze. She has been involved in the construction industry for just over 12 years, having worked for construction companies and architectural practices. She has been working with Gaze since 2016, initially as Office Manager and then moving into her current role of Project Coordinator. Amber enjoys her supporting role and ensuring her team have the tools they need to successfully deliver outstanding projects.

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Sapna Patel

Marketing & Sales Coordinator

Sapna is an ambitious marketing professional who has over 3 years of experience, both in New Zealand and overseas. As the Marketing & Sales Coordinator for Gaze she drives the national marketing strategy and manages all of the company's digital platforms, in addition to creating sales material for the team.

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Sharyn Donn

Senior Designer

Sharyn has more than 20 years of design experience and has been a key member of the Gaze Commercial team since 1998. Her current role is to appoint and co-ordinate staff resources to projects from all branches, oversee processes throughout the design team, and provide support, quality assurance, and advice as required. Sharyn deploys her extensive design documentation management experience to ensure high levels of communication are maintained between all team members, clients, consultants, and councils throughout the design and construction processes.

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Nicholas Colby

Senior Architectural Designer

Responsible for the preparation of documentation for architectural and interior design projects, liaising with external consultants and local authorities and construction administration. As Senior Architectural Designer, Nick is responsible for all aspects of consultant integration into the design from sketch design to resource consent to complete working drawings, including mentoring junior staff.

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Antonia De Rotaeche

Senior Interior Designer

Antonia is an accomplished professional with over 18 years’ of experience providing creative interior solutions for a diverse range of projects. These have ranged from large-scale commercial spaces, corporate offices, retirement, health and aged care facilities, to medium-sized hospitality and educational fit outs. Having won many awards, Antonia values the importance of collaboration as a means to create innovative custom-built environments ensuring client satisfaction at all times.

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Ellie Hasanzadeh

Senior Interior Designer

With 12 years’ of experience as a Designer and a degree in Interior design, Ellie creates inventive and bespoke interiors. Her success is supported by extensive experience, strong technical knowledge, including furniture design, and also has a keen eye for detail. She is adept at problem-solving and works to meet deadlines and budgets, whilst balancing the aesthetic elements of design with her clients’ practical requirements.

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Forouzan Basti

Architectural Designer

Forouzan is an architectural designer with over 15 years of residential and commercial experience, both internationally and in New Zealand. She is passionate about sustainable, agricultural, urban and eco-design. Full of creativity Forouzan takes on a balanced perspective always putting the client, their time and budget first.

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Hanna Dimock

Architectural Graduate

Hanna is an architectural graduate from Unitec, with a Masters in Architecture. Her career experience in design is expanding and has grown from her knowledge in building envelope cladding and interior design.  She has great attention to detail, enjoys problem-solving and is an ambitious member of the design team.

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Kerry Smith

Project Manager

Kerry has more than ten years of experience in project management, project planning, and change management. He joined Gaze in 2015 and is well known for his ability to understand client requirements, solve problems, and go the extra mile to deliver every project on time and budget. Kerry’s hands-on background in furniture building and installation has provided him with a wealth of insights into the construction industry and his extensive experience in managing tradespeople enables him to get the very best results every time.

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Brendon Burridge

Project Manager

Brendon has more than eight years of experience in project management, working on residential and commercial projects for companies in Australia and New Zealand. He is highly regarded for his strengths in communication, relationship management, coordination of trades, and knowledge of the contracting industry. Within the team, Brendon develops budget estimates, programmes works, and co-ordinates tendering processes and contractors, while keeping the lines of communication open between all parties.  He has worked on a range of projects including earthquake repairs, seismic strengthening, building refurbishments and commercial interiors. 

Alan Potroz

Alan Potroz

Project Manager

Alan has over 38 years of experience in the building industry. Previous to his last 17 years of working in project management he spent 21 years as a builder and owning his own company. Through many years of onsite experience, he has a strong understanding of how trades are best sequenced and is able to coordinate contractors to achieve a successfully delivered project on time. Alan enjoys creating trustworthy relationships with clients and prides himself on being able to problem solve and motivate staff to work efficiently and produce high-quality outcomes.

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Simon Ramage

Project Manager

Simon has worked for more than 15 years in the construction industry.  After many years of working as a residential builder, he moved to London and advanced his career as a Project Manager.  He has worked in the NZ Commercial Construction industry and as a Property Consultant in the Education sector.  He has built a strong network of consultants and sub-contractors and is known for developing strong relationships with clients - built on trust.  His vast knowledge of the building industry enables him to form robust solutions through collaboration with design teams and triumphs to complete jobs to a high standard.

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Raziem Domingo

Quantity Surveyor

Raziem is a quantity surveyor with more than 20 years of industry experience. He has spent the last 11 years working for well-known contractors across a range of construction, interiors, shop fit-out and commercial refurbishments projects.

His role focusses on contract documentation & negotiation, cost planning & forecasting, estimates, risk management and monitoring & reporting project profitability.

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