At Mia Casa Architecture we strive to provide high quality design and documentation for all of our projects. To achieve this we have established a quality team of individuals who each bring their own expertise and character to the team.

Lothar van Middelaar

Director / Designer | 09 253 9524


Having immigrated to New Zealand as a child from The Netherlands, Lothar developed a passion for creative and technical endeavours which he blended for a career in architecture. With a start in architectural draughting which became increasingly design focused, Lothar started Mia Casa Architecture 15 years ago working in a bedroom. Lothar enjoys active outdoor and indoor pursuits with his sons, as well as socialising with live music.

Edward Niddrie

Designer | 09 972 9826


Born and bred Aucklander, Edward offers a local aspect to the team. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree and Master of Architectural (Professional) degree both from Unitec. Previous experience as a truss and frame designer outlines the technical mindset Edward brings to the drawings board and the considered approach he has to design and detailing. Outside of architecture, Edward has an appreciation for classic cars, in particular the classic Mini. The summer months are often spent cruising round in his ’71 Clubman.

Jennifer Lee

Technician | 09 972 9943


Originally from South Korea, Jennifer moved to Christchurch at an early age where she completed her schooling and architectural studies. While now residing in Auckland, she still considers the garden city home. With a decade of experience in the industry, Jennifer has been involved in a range of commercial and residential projects. She enjoys the unique challenges each project throws her way. After a long day you’ll find Jennifer relaxing on a walk with her dogs, or with a nice glass of pinot in front of the tele.

Chris Cueto

Technician | 09 930 9687


Chris was born in the Philippines, raised in Africa, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas. He worked for over two decades as an Architect in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and The United States, before immigrating to New Zealand, which he now calls home. An ardent lover of design and creativity (photography, graphic arts, video production), he brings his international experience to Mia Casa as well as his love of learning and fun!

Ruby Zanchi

Office Coordinator | 09 253 9524


Originally from the UK, Ruby immigrated with her family in 2011 and has since made East Auckland her home. Bringing a warm and bubbly personality to the team Ruby has a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design and is a Florist by trade. In her spare time Ruby, if not working with flowers, will be enjoying the local countryside and beaches with dog Basil.