The importance of a good architectural brief

Living room with small fireplace

A guide to writing a thorough architectural brief:   A good architectural brief paves the way for a successful project, so the first stage of our architectural service is working closely with you to help establish your brief for your home. Every brief is different and allows us to understand your unique needs & ambitions, […]

SIPs Installation

It has been a long time since the initial blog on the SIPs house in Wanaka, so I thought I would continue the story and show the ease of the installation of the SIPs panels.

Old School

My family and I took a holiday over Christmas and most of January visiting the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne region…

Wanaka Town Centre Character Guideline

The Wanaka Town Centre Character Guideline was formally adopted by the QLDC Strategy Committee last Tuesday so it is now an operative document. Although it has no statutory standing it will inform future versions of the district plan particularly in terms of bulk and height limits within the town centre.


The much used term ‘Sustainability’ has been a great driver for awareness of the resource and environmental issues that face current and future generations but I believe its misuse or overuse is starting to dilute not only what is possible but what we should all be doing.  

Wanaka Town Centre Guidelines

I have been quite busy with changing from PC to Mac computers and completing a variety of projects ranging from landscape features, remodeling of older cribs; extensions to 1950’s brick houses and a new build residence designed to withstand a Design Wind speed of 216km/hour.

Queensberry Hills Retreat

A precast concrete panel house designed to withstand a harsh sub alpine environment while making the most of passive solar gain and ventilation.

Rural Zoning Discussion Document

The Queenstown Lakes District Council recently gave the community the opportunity to comment on the success of the current Rural Zoning. I am primarily concerned with the Rural Living Zones and in particular the Rural Residential Zone.

Three Parks Retail Park and Second Town Centre

The bad news for the community of Wanaka is that the council appointed commissioners have given the green light for the big box second town centre, this is a real shame as it is a completely unimaginative solution to the growth needs of the Upper Clutha’s retail needs, it is the lowest common denominator of retail.

Resource Consent Nightmares

Never expect a Resource Consent Application to go smoothly even if you expect it to be a mere formality. A recent application demonstrated this.

Tried and Tested

After formally studying architectural history for many years and constantly reading books on architecture, it is great to come across architects that I have not heard of, architects who have not made the mainstream but have a body of work that is quite inspirational and refreshing.

Design File Sharing

There has been a revolutionary release of ArchiCad (13) which is my BIM enabled CAD software. The significant feature is an upgrade to the TEAMWORK capabilities where DELTA-server™ technology enables users to work on the same project simultaneously.

Three Parks Big Box Retail Park

Yesterday I presented at the Plan Change Hearing for Three Parks in Wanaka. It is disappointing that a local developer and the Queenstown Lakes District Council would entertain the retail park concept for Wanaka. I think it shows a severe lack of appreciation and understanding of what Wanaka is about. Wanaka is a world class […]

Shakey Ground

Having grown up in Wellington I am quite used to experiencing earthquakes, once they start I actually find the anticipation of what will happen next quite exciting.

The Weather

Living here at the base of the alps the weather has a massive impact on how we work and play. I have had one of the most enjoyable ski seasons in years, but from one week to the next its either severe winter conditions or warm and spring like.


The intention of this blog is to comment on what is happening on the architectural scene here in Wanaka and further afield.