About Ilaisa Design

The story of ID Architecture is rooted in a passion for designing spaces that enrich the lives of those who inhabit them.

Our Story

Founded by Ilaisa Tabukovu, a seasoned architectural professional with over 10 years of industry experience, our company has grown from humble beginnings into a thriving business that serves clients across the South Island.

Ilaisa’s journey in the architectural industry began with sole-trading work and expanded to include stints at larger architectural companies. In 2018, he established his own company with partners in North Canterbury, focusing on residential architectural design. In 2021, Ilaisa decided to bring his focus back to his family and permanently relocate his new business to Selwyn. Here, ID Architecture was born.

Our team grew quickly, with our first junior designer, Olivia, joining us from the beginning and developing her skills alongside our growing business. Mika, our second junior designer, was brought onto the team and is developing his career while completing his studies in Architecture. Melanie was welcomed in as the office manager, and Romeo completed the team as Senior Architectural Technician. Underlying the company’s growth and success are Ilaisa’s family values of commitment, respect and pride. His wife, Nichola, manages marketing and his sister, Semaema, runs the accounts.

Ilaisa Design Office

New Digs

After running out of home office space, ID Architecture has since moved into a purpose-built office where we continue to serve our clients with passion and dedication. We’re proud of our diversity too: we have Fijian, English, South African, Samoan, Filipino, and New Zealand nationalities all represented in our office.

New Connections

We’ve also formed connections with similar architectural companies to complete projects on their behalf during busy times, providing support within our industry during difficult times, such as during the COVID-19 lockdowns which greatly impacted the construction industry.

Track Record

In the last two years, we have since completed projects across the South Island, and we look forward to continuing our mission of designing inspiring spaces for our clients. At ID Architecture, we believe in the power of great design to transform lives, and we can’t wait to help our clients realise their vision.

Creating spaces that exceed expectations

Our Values

Creating spaces that exceed expectations.

We strive to create spaces that not only meet your needs but go above and beyond. Our services encompass a range of design solutions including architectural drafting, residential design, alterations, renovations, and light commercial projects.

We listen.

We understand the importance of effective communication and will work hard to make sure we understand your vision. At ID, we are all about clarity and transparency right throughout the entire process. We thrive on collaboration and work closely with building companies and clients to ensure the timely delivery of high quality design work.

Going further for our clients.

We provide referrals to surveyors, engineers, and geotechnical contractors once you’ve received your plans. Our team can also assist you with pricing plans to the bank and even apply for building consent or resource consent on your behalf. We do everything we can to make your experience and project with us as hassle-free as possible.

Designing with passion.

At ID Architectural Designers, we are passionate about designing spaces that enrich your life. If you’re looking to build and develop your next project, then let’s chat. Your vision is calling so why don’t you?

Our Team

Ilaisa Tabukovu

Ilaisa Tabukovu

Senior Architectural Designer

Ilaisa is a seasoned architectural professional with extensive experience in the industry. As senior architectural designer and owner of ID Architecture, he plays a critical role in the company’s success and growth.

Melanie Meiring

Melanie Meiring

Office Manager

Melanie is an experienced Office Manager who brings a wealth of administrative, project management, and business analytics experience to ID Architecture.

Mika Sapi

Mika Sapi

Intermediate Architectural Technician

A committed draftsman, Mika enjoys working on the detailed working drawings, as well as supporting documents and submitting them to councils.

Semaema Salele

Semaema Salele

Accounts Manager

Semaema is a dedicated Accounts Manager at Ilaisa Design Architecture (ID) who excels in managing financial tasks while overseeing office operations.

Saiyan Leonardo

Saiyan Leonardo

Junior Architectural Technician

Saiyan values teamwork and independence. He’s reliable, creative, and open to self-development, benefiting from Ilaisa’s mentorship for skill enhancement.

Nichola Tabukovu

Nichola Tabukovu

Marketing Manager

Nichola manages our marketing and communications. As well as managing Human Resources in-house, she also organises photography and blog posts for our projects.

Latest Review

Exceptional service and design from Ilaisa, and his team…it was refreshing to find a design team with this approach. Would highly recommend Ilaisa Design, because of their ability to convert your needs/ideas into a well-priced detailed package. Look forward to using Ilaisa Design on future projects.

Dave McGrath