About

Architectus is an architecture and urbanism practice designing places and spaces tuned to their communities, context and culture. Advocates for integrated design, we apply a rigorous and tailored approach to create environments that are inspiring and enduring.

About Us

For over 30 years, we have been realising innovative and bespoke projects around Aotearoa New Zealand, shaping precincts and campuses with people and sustainability at their heart. Through a collaborative and integrated approach, we have had many successful joint ventures with local and international partners, and we enjoy a strong relationship with our associated studios in Australia.

Our Purpose

We believe architecture begins with a social agenda. It must nurture and grow communities and individuals, and enhance its neighbourhood and city. Appropriate, efficient and elegant architecture for today becomes the urban fabric of the future – we design for this longevity, to create places that will serve generations to come.

Design Philosophy

While a good project must firstly solve practical needs and be viable, a truly great project must embody a community’s broader cultural context: its urban and architectural setting, its local geography and ecology, and the stories of its people. The more meaningful a place becomes through a true sense of belonging, the greater the value and longevity it has for its community.

We believe placemaking in Aotearoa is grounded in a bicultural creative process. We partner with mana whenua to embed their aspirations and cultural narratives across functional, ceremonial, spatial and artistic dimensions.

Underpinning these human stories is our responsibility to be judicious with natural resources. Environmentally sensitive architecture requires us to be energy-efficient and space-efficient, and to use low-carbon materials and ethically sourced products.

This is a holistic approach that embeds our practice in a continuum of artistic and technical progress, so the architecture we are responsible for will be relevant for decades to come.

Our Principles

Enduring
Efficient, contextual and adaptable design that stands the test of time.

Progressive
Continual assessment and integration of advanced materials, technology and best practices.

Sustainable
Optimised spaces, materials and energy use, so that projects perform environmentally.

Bicultural
Creative partnership with mana whenua to embed bicultural narratives and artistic expression.

Rigorous
Critical research and analysis backed by extensive project experience.

Our History

Architectus was founded in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1986 by Patrick Clifford, Malcolm Bowes and Michael Thomson. Alongside our strong association with Architectus Australia, we enjoy ongoing collaborations and joint ventures with clients and design partners.

Driven by a deep commitment to placemaking, community and sustainability, we have grown an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects across industry sectors. From the University of Canterbury Erskine Building in 1996 to the urban design framework for Auckland’s waterfront to Christchurch’s central library Tūranga, we have been privileged to help shape the public and private infrastructure of our cities.