Ethos

Creating what matters for future generations is an overarching philosophy that underpins our core values and how we approach our architectural commissions as we seek to question today, imagine tomorrow, create for the future. We are inspired by nature, informed by our diverse cultures, shaped by our rich history, strengthened by our partnerships, enhanced by long experience and motivated by our many opportunities.

We strive to create inclusive buildings and spaces with enduring meaning and purpose, focusing on our unique New Zealand and Pacific influenced identity, celebrating our cultural diversity. Our designs seek to be distinctive, memorable spaces, firmly rooted into the land, whether the site be intensely urban or a vast expansive untouched landscape.    

We are a highly motivated and connected team of expert designers, from unique and diverse backgrounds, committed to listen, engage, and collaborate with our clients to deliver project outcomes that create highly effective and enriched spatial environments for individuals, and communities, both now and far into the future.

We have nearly 150 years of history in architecture practice, our acquired knowledge and skills are coupled with continual research and innovation applied to develop efficient, resilient, sustainable solutions benefiting from years of review and wide project experience across New Zealand. Our extensive historical experience, unique understanding of our land and climates coupled with our long collaboration with local communities, councils and contractors allow us to uniquely tailor our design solutions in unison with our connected local and global WSP engineering design specialists.

Our architectural service in New Zealand is unique for WSP; globally WSP does not have a standalone Architectural service offering. 

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     Grace Apartments

Our values define us and the way we build our relationships allowing us to engage and collaborate closely with our clients. We explore with openness and transparency, to deliver the best solution with integrity and responsibility, prudently considering the natural environment and resources. We work in a strongly iterative design process, exploring design ideas to solve complex problems with integrated thinking guided by a clear set of principles and values, to create clear, refined, elegant solutions, executed with technical precision.

Our core values are the cornerstones of our practice, influencing our relationships and design approach for every project we undertake. Fundamentally we are:

Explorers – our mindset and approach

  • We listen, question and challenge in order fully understand project drivers.
  • As pioneers we are naturally curious and inquisitive seeking to explore and discover the essence of our client’s vision and aspiration
  • We have a deep heritage and long experience which inspires our thinking. 

 

Connectors – our relationships to people and place

  • We actively promote a spirit of co-operation, collaboration and engagement.
  • We seek to develop strong relationships between people, spaces and places.
  • We promote cultural awareness and respect, acknowledging different values harnessing these to enrich our team, our designs and our relationships.
  • We are connected architectural team of highly skilled and motivated individuals interlinked with a global network of multidiscipline consultancy engineers .

 

Creators – our ability to inspire

  • We solve complex problems with imaginative thinking and holistic solutions
  • We explore innovation through an integrated design approach
  • We celebrate creativity and brilliant ideas that are clear, simple and inspirational.

 

Authentic – our character

  • We embrace and promote responsible environmental stewardship, respect for our communities and our land.
  • We promote a “no surprises” culture within our design team, ensuring we act with integrity, honesty and transparency in all we do.
  • We celebrate diversity and alternate views, recognising the individual achievements as part of a strong team culture.

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     Panmure Interchange Station


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Our People

Bruce Curtain
Head of Architecture & Principal Architect - Wellington
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Stefan Geelen
Architecture Studio Director – Northern
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Julian O’Sullivan
Architecture Studio Director - Southern
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Andrew Buchanan
Architecture Studio Leader - Auckland
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Carl de Leeuw
Architecture Studio Leader – Hamilton
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Frances Vessey
Acting Studio Lead – Wellington
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Duncan Bright
Architecture Studio Leader - Christchurch
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Graeme Phillips
Project Director Architecture - Christchurch
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Colin Corsbie
Technical Principal - Architecture
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Harvey Duncan
Principal Architect - Christchurch
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Malcolm McClurg
Principal Architect - Christchurch
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Stuart Wheeler
Principal Architect - Auckland
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Richard Daniels
Technical Principal Architecture - Napier
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Blair Stewart
Technical Principal - Architecture
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Tony Nixon
Principal Architect (Wellington)
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Cushla Thurston
Project Architect - Wellington
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Chessa Stevens
Principal Conservation Architect & Heritage Consultant Wellington
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Sarah Cameron
Senior Architect
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Matt Sloper
Registered Architect
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Praveen Fernando
Registered Architect
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Paul Smith
Registered Architect
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David Ironside
National Market Leader for Central Government
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Tony Bouwmeester
Senior Architect
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