“But mostly I get up each morning to raise our infant daughter to become an extraordinary woman”. - Nat Cheshire

Nat Cheshire seeks the extraordinary with relentless vigour. He is a painter turned architect turned father with a trans-disciplinary practice, Cheshire Architects, that he shares with his dad Pip. Operating across a huge breadth of types and scales, fields of luxury and austerity, newness and age, roughness and refinement, he sees diversity as a strength, not a weakness. And extreme discomfort as a gateway to a life worth living.

He was a driving force in catalysing Aucklands architectural resurgence with the brilliant Britomart precinct, City Works Depot and numerous other projects. Nat’s work has been awarded eight Best Award gold pins in four years, is twice the winner of Metro’s designer of the year, HOME’s home of the year (for one of my favourite builds, the Twin Cabins) and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.

He also prefers a two hands full of toil than the quietness that Ecclesiastes prescribes.

“Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind” - Ecclesiastes

It was a privilege to have the opportunity to sit down with Nat for a chat on everything from the surrealness of being a parent, his relationship with the broader cosmos, lack of social success growing up, working style and thoughts on architecture and living a fulfilled life. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

Think less, experience more and embrace the discomfort,


P.S. Are you a man? And do you live in your purpose every day or do you feel restless and without a sense of direction? Do you lack confidence in yourself as a man? Do you lack camaraderie and community to hold you to a higher standard? Do you feel there must be more to life? If so, or if you’re just curious to step up to a higher level join my mens group Divine Masculine kicking off 1st Jan 2019. Find out more here.

Show notes:

Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor

Japanese castles: Stephen Turnbull (might not be actual reference)

Bird by bird: Anne Lamott