Design Principal

Patrick Clifford


Registered Architect
BArch (Hons)
Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects
CIL Board Chair
NZGBC Board Member
Auckland Urban Design Panel Chair
President, New Zealand Institute of Architects (2010 – 2012)
Adjunct Professor of Design, Unitec (2001 – 2002)


As one of the founding Principals of Architectus, Patrick has been responsible for the design leadership of all major projects by Architectus in New Zealand. He was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal in 2014, the highest honour awarded to an individual in NZ architecture, in recognition of his contribution to the body of work produced by Architectus. He has maintained an association with both schools of architecture in Auckland over many years as a critic and tutor, including a two year Adjunct Professorship at Unitec. He has lectured widely on the work of Architectus both nationally and internationally, and contributed to a wide range of industry groups and organisations.

The work of Architectus has been recognised for its clarity of intent and resolution, its careful reading of context and content and ability to advance a broad cultural agenda. The practice has grown from its beginnings in Auckland to now operate across Australasia. Primary areas of work include both urban design and architecture with a particular focus on larger scale projects, both public and private. Patrick has extensive experience and real expertise in working with institutional client groups at all levels to direct responses, gather information and define clear concepts to complex circumstances, concepts that have clearly listened to their stakeholders. Over recent years Architectus has become increasingly involved in large scale urban (and campus) studies and works to the public realm. This work builds on a commitment to architecture as place making.