January 2022
Hi Chris
After 26 years at **- a home you redesigned and project managed for me ~1999-2000 – I have finally sold and moved to North Melbourne.
I will always be grateful for the way you helped me create a wonderful home, filled with many great memories, shared with friends and family, and my partner and I and our now 11 year old daughter, Sofie. We are now looking for our next place and maybe building/renovating, so you never know, I might be in touch about another CMS project in the next year or so.
Thanks for steering me through the process all those years ago.

May 25, 2016
He was extremely helpful they are excellent, he was very efficient & I was delighted. I would recommend him to any person wanting any Architect help.
Jill Killeen – Burwood East

Hi Chris,
It was a busy week for us, so today sitting down to get through some paperwork. Thanks for your attached final certificate. We believe that Michael and Ingrid are happy and we have let them know we are there for them if they need us.
We too also enjoyed the professional way we interacted these works with you as their Architect.
All the best always to you and your family.
Carmel cook
Administration Manager – Banyule Master Builders Pty Ltd

Dear Chris and team,
Merry Christmas December 2015
Happy New Year for 2016
Thank you very much for all your time and effort in designing our beautiful new extension. It has changed our lifestyle and given our property a lot more value. Thank you for seeing our project through from start to finish and being very thorough. It has been such a journey seeing our extension develop from plans to physically enjoying it.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year regards,
Michael, Ingrid & girls Xoxo 2015


Dear Chris,
Many thanks again to you and all at CMS Architects.
Wishing you all, the very best for the Christmas holiday season.
Anne Pottage 11 April 2014

Though my 1926 Bungalow home had been renovated in the late 1980’s the renovations had not been completed. Some repairs were also required. The nature of the work was fiddly and detailed. I realized I needed professional advice and up-to-date plans to facilitate the completion of the renovation and repair of the property and also include the design of a back verandah and carport in keeping with the home. I did not have a recommended professional so I decided to approach CMS Architects since they worked locally.
I felt that appointing an architect would be a good investment in terms of achieving a better quality outcome and that the process would be much less stressful. This has proven to be the case. I am pleased with the result.
The architect, Chris Shields, was very professional and at the same time patient, helpful and empathetic. Chris understood my need to achieve a high quality outcome with this project. He was able to recommend 3 builders from whom quotes were received. The chosen builder was able to begin soon after and the work has been completed in a timely manner. Now that the project is finished I can really enjoy the home anew.
Many many thanks to all at CMS Architects and especially Chris for helping me to achieve such a good result. I am very happy to recommend Chris Shields and CMS Architects.
Anne Pottage

11 April 2014
Dear Chris,
Many thanks to you and your staff helping me with the external renovation/ repair, including the design of two back verandas and a carport, at my home.
Your good advice and management throughout made the process essentially stress free.
I am so happy with the result. The home is very pleasing aesthetically, in keeping with the original bungalow design, as well as being very functional at the same time.
I am very happy to recommend CMS Architects.
Thank you so much.
Anne P

Dear Chris,
Thank You for your work and persistence in creating our renovation plans and seeing them come into fruition.
We are thrilled with the results and will certainly enjoy the new space for years to come.
Warm wishes,
Anna, Neel & Ethan

Testimonial for 138 Harold St Thornbury.
For Christopher Shields Architect
We first contacted Chris after hearing that another family at the school had used his services and were happy with their result. They had found him through Archicentre (which was a service we had used a number of times before) but we contacted him directly. We found him to be easy going and a good communicator which put us at ease immediately.
Chris listened to our needs and ideas and we were very happy with his preliminary drawings. We were very budget conscious and while others found it difficult to design with this in mind Chris did a great job of keeping the design simple but very attractive and he provided us with what we needed within a manageable budget. During the design and development process he listened to and our feedback and incorporated our ideas. He was easy to contact and was happy to answer questions and queries no matter how trivial they seemed.
Our renovation involved opening up the back of our house to improve space and lighting- using our tall gum tree in the back yard as a focal point. His design was highly practical for our family and retained a good sized back yard which was important to us. His use of stained timber framed doors and windows give the home an warm, earthy look which we find warm and relaxing. We could not be happier with the final result.
Chris has been working in this area for many years and is widely known and respected by others in the industry. He was able to recommend local services and suppliers. Knowing we were Chris’s clients made things easier for us in dealing with these services. He managed the tendering process and has good relationships with the people he works with. We used a builder on his recommendation and were very impressed with his efficiency and the quality of his work.
We were not looking forward to doing our renovation as neither of us had any expertise in the building industry and we had heard plenty of horror stories. The process from designing to building was very smooth for us and we have a home with which we are extremely happy. Using Chris throughout the whole process enabled up to achieve exactly what we wanted. We would be happy to recommend his services.
Thanks Chris!!
Best Wishes.
MoomenElsakawy and Louisa Ennis
September 2014

To Chris and Co,
Thank you for the care and dedication you have shown in getting our renovation project off the ground and nearly to be finishing point. The new part of our home is now filled with light and we can also enjoy our ever changing garden!
Happy Christmas
Brigid & Michael Cooper

Dear Chris,
I wish you and your family a very happy and safe Christmas/ New Year and thank you for a job well done on my project.
As discussed today, I am happy for you to take photos of the finished works so that I may arrange to provide both Luke and yourself with framed copies of the building works. Also or final landscaping is complete, you may photograph the whole development to use as a testimonial for your part of the project.
I have spoken with Luke today and he said he would discuss a date with you for our get together luncheon, upon his return from vacation in January as a time prior to Christmas is not feasible for Luke again he has a lot to do. I trust this is ok from your perspective also.
Once again thank you and keep up the good work.
Kind regards,
Lauce Gillespie

Dear Chris,
Thank you for all of your help, advice and work on our house at Ryder Street. The house looks fantastic! And your management of the project certainly made it close to stress free/ issue free for us. Thanks Again!!
Justin, Simon & Elke

Pam & Max Hunter
12 Feb 2007
Dear Chris,
We are really enjoying living in our new home and once again would like to thank you and Joana for all your hard work and suggestions that have enable our dream to come alive.
We were wondering if we could arrange a copy of all the photos you took of our house during the renovation. Looking back the changes are dramatic!
Pam & Max Hunter

14 October 1998
Mr Christopher M. Shields

Dear Chris,

Well it hardly seems possible, but after 2 years it is all completed!! Thank you for all your efforts and the ‘creative juices’ you poured into this project over that time. Both Mary and I are very happy with the outcome, it gives us great pleasure and we thank you for your contributions to that outcome. Also thank you for the photo album of the ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’, it was a nice gesture and greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to use us as a reference (including site visits) for your prospective future clients.

All the best to you and your family.

Yours sincerely, Mike Bowes.

Dear Chris,
The renovations are nearly done just our share of the painting to do.
Thanks so much for all the efforts.
We are really pleased with the result and have had many compliments.
I know you came around just before Bill finished up. You’re welcome to come around and see the end result.
Regards Kate

Dear Chris, Huss & Neda
We wish you a most joyous festive season and prosperous New Year.
Thank you for your patience and great work with our home plans.
With best wishes
Kristina, David, Wilhem & Lukas Christian


We have been very pleased with your work and would have no hesitation in recommending you and your associates to anyone who is in need of an architect.

With thanks,

Margaret & John Taylor



Dear Chris and staff,

Thank you for assisting us to come up with plans for our new home. We appreciate that you were able to meet us after hours and spend time to explain the plans.

We are grateful for your professionalism and excellent customer service and look forward to working with you again on new projects.

Michael and Jenny Francis


4 Miller St, Preston Vic 3072

Dear Chris

We are really enjoying living in out new home and once again would like to thank you for all your hard work and suggestions that has enabled our dream to come alive.

We were wondering if we could arrange a cd copy of all the photos you took of hour house during the renovation. Looking back, the changes are dramatic!

Regards, Pam & Max Hunter