Shani Nelson


Registered Architect


Shani is a Principal and a key member of DGSE’s leadership team. Working as Project Architect, her leadership, mentoring and people management skills allow her to deliver projects with an emphasis on producing quality design solutions through open and clear communication across the entire project team. Liaising closely with colleagues and clients, Shani produces well-coordinated documentation with specialist consultant delivery teams, and successfully meets design and project deliverables that exceed client expectations.  

Shani is passionate about ensuring that the design intent is always at the forefront of decision making and is translated throughout the project and evident in the detail. Under her leadership, documentation achieves the quality, compliance, and functional needs of the client and end users.

A Registered Architect with over 23 years’ in the role of Project Lead and Project Architect across diverse project typologies, scales, and complexities, Shani’s experience encompasses Multi-Unit social housing (Wellington City Council and Kāinga Ora), Ministry of Education commissions, Exhibition Fit-outs (Te Papa), Healthcare (CCDHB), and NZ Embassy workplace Fit-outs (MFAT).




Shani Nelson