The couple met while studying architecture at the University of Cape Town.

After graduating, they worked partly together and partly independently on projects in South Africa.

Immigrated to New Zealand in 1998.

Established Herbst Architects in 2000.

One of the couple’s first projects was their own bach, for which they received the New Zealand Institute of Architects Award in 2002.

Great Barrier Island is home to eight of their houses.

As the island is off the electricity grid, each project was designed to have minimal impact on the environment.

The Lindale Bach is one of the practice’s most significant projects: an example of an environmentally sustainable casual shelter created to high specifications.

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