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Jonathan Custance

Jonathan Custance

Managing Director
Jonathan launched Custance in New Zealand over 25 years ago and established the Sydney office in 2000.

He has steered Custance to become a respected multi-disciplinary, trans-Tasman practice.

An industrial designer by training, he successfully operates through multiple design disciplines, having won awards in architecture, lighting, industrial and interior design.  While his design accomplishments are significant, his ability to understand the needs and desires of clients, while bringing together a talented project team to translate them, makes the real difference.

His broader experience in property development, corporate real estate and facility planning means he can also offer a strategic viewpoint, often acting as a sounding board for clients in property assessment and acquisition.

Jonathan provides strategic direction and supervises the continuing generation of innovative design solutions at Custance. He became a fellow of the Designers’ Institute of New Zealand in 1990, being instrumental in its creation. In 2004 he was appointed to the Government Design Leadership Group. He sat on the Better by Design Board, part of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, until early 2011.