Process

Our projects draw on the strengths and contributions of not only our team, but also our clients, stakeholders and collaborators.

Using creative and analytical processes, we lead a provocative project environment where team members can all contribute, debate and explore; a round table that leads to innovative and high-performing spaces.

Across projects large and small, we celebrate all dimensions of the built work – context, site, architecture, structure and services. We shape projects to optimise resources and technology, ensuring they function beautifully and effortlessly at every level.

Bicultural Design

We believe placemaking in Aotearoa is grounded in a bicultural creative process. We recognise that through early and ongoing collaboration with mana whenua, cultural values, aspirations and narratives are woven holistically into the conceptual development and design vision of our projects.  Enduring partnerships with mana whenua and iwi Māori are essential to the creation of a culturally responsive, place-based architecture that nurtures people and communities.

Sustainability

Sustainability is multifaceted and we take responsibility for the environmental impact, cultural heritage, economic viability and social significance of our work. We design for resilience, through projects that are sensitive to a changing climate and responsive to technological developments, and that contribute to healthy and happy communities for generations to come.

Wynyard Central – Homestar 7/8

Digital Design

We are at the forefront of integrated project delivery enabled by Building Information Modelling. BIM enhances communication and collaboration between stakeholders, and optimises design and construction processes to transform the way we design and manage the built environment. Building performance, sustainability and quality are all improved, and owners gain a sophisticated 3D model for efficient facilities management.

Our BIM environment is extended with virtual reality (VR) tools for greater understanding of 3D spaces by client, stakeholders and user groups. Through VR we can experience design options in a lifelike, immersive environment, which leads to greater participation in the design process by all involved.

The University of Auckland The Science Centre BIM Model