who are
Transparency ?

behind the philosophy
of living by design

Our structural engineering roots of always needing to “find a better way” have spilled over into our everyday lives and raised the question:
“How can everyone live better by design?”
A house can give us freedom to find our own space, but the flipside is it also can become a financial burden which restricts the other parts of our lives.

our people

Our team has come together for the same purpose.  Though we are architectural designers, structural engineers and information technologists by day, by night we live by design.

Andrew J Horton

Principal Structural Engineer, Director

Andrew was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

During his time at primary school, Andrew was fascinated with building houses out of lego.  Later, at intermediate school he decided that when he grew up he’d be a carpenter.  As he entered high school and career choices began to loom larger, Andrew decided instead that he would pursue architecture as his chosen profession.  Thus, after completing high school, Andrew initially embarked on his university training in architecture but after two years towards this end decided to transition into structural engineering.

After graduating from university, Andrew spent the next twenty years in the structural engineering consultancy world but never forgot or lost his passion and empathy for architecture.

When the opportunity of forming his own company arose in early 2017 Andrew decided to combine his interest in building, architectural design and structural engineering with the enabling arm of information technology to create a company specializing in all these disciplines, offering integrated design-build solutions.

As further thought has progressed within the Transparency team Andrew has realized that life is not compartmentalized into careers or interests or hobbies or passions but wanted to further diversify the company to allow all involved to follow all of their passions, interests, and hobbies, whether altruistic or fee earning under one umbrella company.  Transparency Group will focus on this holistic approach to all of life.  Living by Design.

Personally, Andrew is married with five children and six grandchildren, enjoys running, playing the piano, singing, praying, thinking, philosophizing and designing.  He has a special interest in ‘community’ and a desire to bring people together in unity to achieve outcomes which positively impact their lives and the world in which they live.

Anson Lin

Graduate Structural Engineer

Anson joined Transparency after completing his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree in December 2017.

Originally from China, Anson migrated with his family to New Zealand 11 years ago.

During his time at university, he developed a strong interest in structural analysis and modelling.  Anson has been enjoying the learning and challenges that the job brings and is excited to be part of the company’s vision.

Outside of work, Anson enjoys travelling, playing basketball, and at high school was a record-breaking Rubik’s cube solver.

Gustavo Pernia

Senior Architectural Designer, Urban Planner

Gustavo is an Urban Planner (receiving his Masters from the University of Auckland in 2017) and Architect (registered in Venezuela) with +10 years of academic and professional background between Spain, Italy, Venezuela and New Zealand.

He collaborates from Chile and Venezuela with Transparency Group in architectural, urban planning and design projects, from where he combines his work with personal interests such as narrative & visual arts, photography and urban exploration.

With specific respect to our website, Gustavo has completed all the realistic 3-D architectural renders and cut away plans under the Efficiency & Enigma ranges.  We really appreciate this Gustavo. <img draggable=

Ricki-Lee Harrison

Office Manager, Director

As a real ‘people’s person’ Ricki has a bubbly, outgoing personality and a knack for making people in her presence feel at ease.

Along with Andrew and Shannon, Ricki oversees the operational and aspirational aspects of the company.

As Office Manager, Ricki also handles Transparency’s administrative, bookkeeping and customer service requirements as well as coordinating our project assignments, workflow, and timeliness of deliverables.

The Transparency team vision resonates with Ricki.  Community outreach is something she feels extremely passionate about.  More specifically, having the ability and capacity to provide opportunities to those who would otherwise ‘fall through the cracks’ and in doing so, enabling them to move in their passions.  This could be achieved through various community-focused initiatives.

On a personal note, Ricki understands the importance of a quality double shot espresso (or two). She enjoys music (especially singing), spending time with extended family and venturing out with husband Shannon and 5 dynamic little people, who simply know her as ‘Mum’.

Shannon Harrison

Director

Born and bred in Christchurch but with deep affiliation to his Ngāpuhi roots, Shannon still identifies the Far North of Kaikohe (where his parents are from) as home.

Along with Andrew and Ricki, Shannon oversees the operational and aspirational aspects of the company.

Considered a ‘Jack of all trades’, his versatility with a knack for picking up anything he has a go at, has been a real asset to Transparency.

His real passions lie within the Sports, Health & Fitness industry and helping the underprivileged. A once-promising multi-talented athlete himself, Shannon has a vast history of sports coaching at Junior level for Basketball, Rugby, Touch Rugby, Tennis – you name it he’s probably done it! – and he hopes to one day continue this further in passing on more of his sporting knowledge to the future generations.

Shannon’s ultimate goal is to open his own multi-purpose sports facility (built by Transparency) which will serve as a community hub for a range of sports teams, aspiring young & old athletes to train daily, with a real emphasis on getting disadvantaged children/teens into their sporting dreams. He hopes to not only limit its use to sporting activities but to also allow for community events and church services.

Personally, Shannon is married (if you haven’t gathered already) to Ricki-Lee with five energetic children and is a keen follower of Rugby and a die-hard supporter of The Vodafone Warriors.

Shaun Molloy

Structural Engineer

Shaun has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Canterbury.
He has worked alongside Andrew since earning his degree in 2014.
Shaun now collaborates with Transparency from Barcelona, but still very much calls New Zealand home.

Shaun is a keen traveller and spent 2017 touring much of India, Central America, USA and Europe.
He is also an avid hiker, having tackled many of New Zealand’s Great Walks as well as the likes of the Inca Trail and the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Shorn Jacobs

Software Developer, Programmer

Shorn likes Computer Coding and believes in Automation.  He works on creating Web apps that automate services on PHP and Javascript on AWS.

His favourite break time hobby is watching cars go past while enjoying a coffee and an occasional cigarette.  He is also into meditation, the outdoors and likes to take a shot at stand-up comedy.

our Clients

Our opportunity to dedicate resources to developing more efficient ways to build has been afforded to us by the relationship we have enjoyed with our Clients on the more ‘traditional’ level of architectural and structural design consultancy services.

Totalspan

We complete a large volume of structural design work for Totalspan in New Zealand, both their more ‘run of the mill’ or ‘bread and butter’ work and also their more bespoke ‘one-off’ work. This relationship between Transparency and Totalspan began in 2007 when Andrew was then working for what is now Calibre Consulting up in Kerikeri and was first introduced to the Totalspan family.

Burger King

Since Transparency’s inception in 2017 (so far) we have completed the architectural and structural design of two Burger King restaurants. BK Silverdale and BK Rangiora. This relationship between Transparency and Burger King began in 2012 when Andrew was then working for Spanbild in Christchurch and Burger King approached Spanbild to develop a new generation approach to their restaurant designs. While at Spanbild the then design team completed the structural design of BK Linwood and BK Curletts here in Christchurch under Andrew’s sign off.

Christchurch Property Projects

Transparency was approached by Christchurch Property Projects near the end of 2017 to provide design assistance with the BK Rangiora Development which also includes the design of a three-level mixed retail and apartment building on the main street in Rangiora, the structural strengthening of an existing building next door to the development site and (at a later stage) the refurbishment and retrofit of another building in the vicinity. Transparency has enjoyed the relationship with Christchurch Property Projects to date and would like to build upon that with further collaborations.

Rollforming Services

A relationship has been developing between Rollforming Services and Transparency throughout 2017 where Rollforming Services have approached Transparency to provide capacity tables for some of the cold-formed steel sections which they presently roll form up in Auckland. Transparency feels a common bond with Rollforming Services and wants to foster this relationship on into the future.