Daniel Friedrich Director
Dipl.-Ing.Architektur(FH) - Germany
(NZ equivalent: Master of Science - Architecture)
Master Carpenter - Germany
Dipl. Business Studies - Germany
Dipl. Structural Engineering- Germany
Licensed Building Practitioner Design
Daniel finished his building apprenticeship 1997 in Germany and after extensive practical experience and further studies obtained the master carpenter degree.
His passion for building and architecture continued and he completed his Diploma in Structural Engineering followed by 9 semesters of architectural studies at the HAWK-University in Buxtehude/Germany. This has given Daniel the unique advantage to understand the complete practical building process while having the highest respect for architectural design.
Daniel has got a wide range of experience within the building industry and is passionate about sustainable architecture. He has worked in architecture, (hands on) construction and construction management on residential and commercial projects in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. After 1 year hands on building and a further 1.5 years in construction management here in NZ. In 2009 he was well prepared and started his own journey in NZ architecture, Daniel Friedrich Design Ltd. was founded that year...
Life's busy but in his free time he enjoys building tree houses with/for the kids, going to the beach for a play and a surf, mountain biking, camping, fishing and diving (unfortunately not often enough - still looking for a dive buddy...).
DF Design is growing to keep up with the demand, in early 2017 we will have two additional professionals joining the team.
Karim Houfaf Architectural Designer
• Diploma in Architectural Technology
• NVQ level 2 Site Carpentry
• NVQ level 1 Site Carpentry
Karim has over 15 years experience in the construction industry. In 2003 he finished his building apprenticeship in England.
In 2007 he moved to New Zealand and completed a Diploma in Architectural Technology. He has worked on both residential and commercial projects throughout the Waikato.
He has designed and built his own home in Raglan where he lives with this wife, son and two little dogs.
He is an avid surfer, a musician, loves to travel, enjoys a strong coffee and eating his wife's baking.
Anna Rhees Architectural Designer
Bachelor of Science – Architecture – USA
Anna began her journey toward architecture as a child, raised by a builder in houses that were perpetually under construction. By the age of 14, she was working summers as a carpenter, and finished the construction of her first design-build in 2005.
Ever curious about other avenues of peoples' sense of home and space, she has worked as a landscaper, sign maker and real estate agent but found herself always returning to building and design. She ultimately decided that her true passion was design and returned to University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, graduating with high honors and the Edgar Shannon award.
Anna has a background in construction and design spanning 20 years, two continents, and three distinct climate zones.
In her free time she enjoys hiking and walks in the bush, long swims, art projects, good books, and skiing whenever she can.