To inspire people to discover why good design matters.

Our tradition of dedication, professionalism and outstanding customer service is a testament to that mission as we bring our valued clients’ ideas to life.


To continue being a respected architectural firm that provides high-quality design and services to our clients with honesty and integrity.


To provide an avenue to bring our clients dreams and visions to reality by listening, interpreting and delivering high-quality service.


Our values are a reflection of our core beliefs enriched by our professional ethic that supports honesty, integrity, accountability and respect.

Relationships:Developing honest relationships is the reward for us in any project.
Integrity:Our business relies on having a strong sense of integrity and doing the right thing: ALWAYS.
Trust:Trust is an important part of any collaboration and relationship.
Creativity:We are design orientated as a practice: all of our projects are individually tailored solutions.

Our motto is; “You’re only as good as your last job”.

Our reputation is first and foremost, we believe in what we do and do it extremely well.

The single most important decision a client needs to make to successfully realise their project is – which Architect will be right for you.

DD Architects is a registered Architectural practice established in 2002 and its Directors (Registered Architects) have a combined wealth of experience in excess of 47 years’ whilst our Associates have a combined wealth of experience in excess of 26 years’.

As a team, our role is to take your dreams and wishes, add our creativity, knowledge and experience to create an end product that aims in all instances to exceed your expectations.

Architect or Architectural Designer – Is there a difference? Yes, an Architect is different from an Architectural designer.

Architect is a protected title which can only be used by those qualified to do so.

An Architect will be registered with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) and must re-register every 5 years, providing evidence they remain competent in their work. An architectural designer is not an architect.

Get in touch and we look forward to working together.


DDA Representative.
Client liaison and facilitation.
Delivers design solution to the client’s brief and objective.
Involved in the overview of every facet of all projects.


Creates the “Project Team”.
First contact person for each project.
Actively involved throughout the project.
Provides design input and construction solutions at each stage of the project evolution.
Formulates project specific construction detailing for execution.
Ensures that the design/construction process runs smoothly.


Co-ordinates the “Project Team”.
Joint contact person for each project.
Responsible for detailed construction drawings and specifications.
Main liaison and co-ordination with multi-disciplinary consultants teams.
Liaison and co-ordination with all Territorial authorities.
Undertakes on-site construction observation and contractor liaison.


Provides technical support for the Associate Technician.


General administration and office co-ordination duties.

We tailor each project to the specific needs of every client but as a generic overview our non-project specific process can be summarised within the following steps;


Initial meet and greet where we clarify; the client’s brief and budget, compatibility and confirmation that we proactively invite an open discussion forum at every stage. Our terms of engagement are also confirmed at this meeting.


We interpret the brief and explore various conceptual design options. Honest visceral uninhibited feedback is invited.


The feedback received in the concept design phase is amalgamated and condensed into a sketch plan which is tabled for discussion.


The client may choose to take the opportunity to test the desired design against their budget by obtaining an estimation of the as-built cost. Cost estimation at this stage is invaluable as it allows for the design to be easily adapted.


Detailed documentation for Construction is produced including assimilation of all detailed information and co-ordination of the project team (sub-consultants).


DD Architects Ltd liaises on the client’s behalf with all territorial authorities to obtain all required approvals.


Projects may be tendered by inviting multiple contractors to price the works or negotiated with a single contractor.


DD Architects Ltd undertakes a full Project Management role throughout all projects and especially so in the construction phase where your dreams become reality.


Compliance with the documentation and ensuring the deliverable expectations are met in every respect are confirmed before certifying the completion of the Contract.

A concise snapshot of the diversity of projects undertaken by DD Architects Ltd within the 850 projects completed to date (July 2018). Our Project Catalogue includes but is by no means limited to:


383 Colombo Street: 4,600 square meter Commercial 5-level building.
Harvard Hub (Wigram Skies): Multi-unit commercial Development.
Manchester Street Development: 6- Level Car-parking & Office Development.
Beach Road Development (Kaikoura): 3-Level Retail Development.
Hanmer Development: Retail and Picture Theatre Development.
Worcester Street Development: 6- Level Car-parking & Office Development.
506 Blenheim Road: New multi-storey commercial building.
Aranui Seven day Adventist: Community Church.
22 Kotzikas Place: Venison processing plant (alterations & additions).
Quinns Fashion: New multi-storey Commercial building.
13 Parkhouse Road: New Multi-unit commercial development.
Highview Apartments: Queenstown – New Administration Building.
Lillibrook Retail Complex: Redevelopment & additions to existing complex.
Hanmer Hot Pools & Spa complex:

  • Additions & Alterations to the Administration Building including fit-out.
  • Upgrade of the Changing Room Facilities.
  • Extensive alterations & modernisation of the Café.
  • New Spa Facility.
  • Chemical Store extension.

Alpine Ice Refurbishment: Modernisation of Alpine Ice (ice skating venue).
Luisetti Seeds: Rangiora (alterations and additions + overall upgrade).
Three Boys Brewery: New multi-storey commercial building.
596 Ferry Road: Alterations to multi-storey commercial building.
100 Ruru Road: New Industrial Building + associated offices.


Linwood North School: New Hall.
Remarkable Start: New childcare facility (Queenstown).
Lincoln High School: Careers Hub, Pool Complex changing rooms.
St Joseph’s School: New site concept bulk & location plans (Queenstown).
MOE Earthquake Remediation Project: Remediation of Earthquake damage to 21 Schools within the Christchurch/ Canterbury area.
Project Management Panel to the Ministry of Education (Minor & Major) from 2011.
West Melton School: New Multi-purpose Room, 4 Classroom Block, development plan.
Opawa School: Development Plan + Implementation.
Hagley Community College:

  • New Music Centre & Staff Administration.
  • New Gymnasium.
  • School of Fashion: H3 Additions & Alterations.
  • Structural strengthening of existing Hall.
  • Alterations and refurbishment of auditorium.
  • New Literacy Centre.
  • Enrolment + Administration Centre and Executive Offices.
  • The Open Stage Theatre Redevelopment.
  • Multicultural Facility proposal.

Chisnallwood Intermediate: various works + drainage upgrade.
Hanmer School: Development Plan + Implementation.
Amuri Area School: Alterations to the Administration Building, Upgrade of H-Block.
Broomfield School: New Multi-purpose Room.
Cust School: New Multi-purpose Room.
Kirkwood Intermediate School: Technology Block Additions & Alterations.
Northcote Primary School: Alterations to Administration Block, Special Needs classroom.
Bamford School: Multi-purpose Room, Staffroom Upgrade, Special Facilities Upgrade.
Cashmere Primary School: New classroom block, Classroom extension, Site works Upgrade.
Swannanoa School:  New Multi-purpose Room & Site works.
West Eyreton School: New Classroom.
North Loburn School: Classroom Alterations.
Loburn School: New Classroom.
Hornby High School: New Science Classroom, New Drama Room Facility.


Amuri Community Health Centre (Rotherham): 5 Consulting Rooms & 2 Treatment Room facility + Administration Offices & detached Locum Cottage.
Alterations and upgrade to Merivale Medical Centre: Extensive additions and internal alterations (including modernising) to an existing Health Practice.
Caci Clinic: Personal appearance clinic with multi-treatment rooms and therapy areas.
Alterations to Mansfield Health Practice: Internal alterations to the Reception & Nurses area and Consulting Rooms.


Mesh Café.
Hanmer Spa: main pool complex.
Hanmer Artisan Beauty Spa.
Harcourts Gold.
Native Café.
Bayleys Real Estate. (Technology Park).
Ray White Real Estate. (Merivale).
Alpine Ice.
Electoral Commission: (Christchurch).
Cost Construction.
Hairdressing Salons.


378 Worcester Street: New Commercial/ Multi-Unit Residential Development.
871-873 Colombo Street: New Multi-Unit Residential Development.
376 Worcester Street: New Commercial/ Multi-Unit Residential Development.
16 Conical Hill(Hanmer Springs): New Commercial/ Multi-Unit Residential Development.
Brittan Street Development: Rebuild of 4 earthquake damaged Residential Units.
Churchill Street Development: New Multi-Unit Residential Development.


7 Desmond Street: Fendalton, Christchurch.
8 Holmwood Road: Fendalton, Christchurch.
31 Waiwetu Street: Fendalton, Christchurch.
116 Aikmans Road: Merivale, Christchurch.
105 Leinster Road: Merivale, Christchurch.
28 Hartley Avenue: Bryndwr, Christchurch.
43 & 45 Totara Street: Fendalton, Christchurch.
43 Bryndwwr Road: Fendalton, Christchurch.
15 Sasaram Lane: Cashmere, Christchurch.
30 Claire Road: Merivale, Christchurch.
44 Johns Road: Devondale Estate, Christchurch.
20 Panorama Road: Redcliffs, Christchurch.
5 Knightingale Place: Strowan, Christchurch.
53 Millbrook Lane: Ohoka, Rangiora.
15 Rue Pompallier: Akaroa, Banks Peninsula.
39 Weka Street: Fendalton, Christchurch.
Lake Crichton: Dunsandel, South Canterbury.
46 Cox Street: Merivale, Christchurch.
Voss Road: Taitapu, Christchurch.
20 Edgars Road: Cox’s Bay, Auckland.

DD Architects continues to be committed in the provision of a safe and healthy working environment.  This commitment ensures;

  • Health and safety processes and requirements are integrated into our regular operations and activities.
  • The team is held accountable for their health and safety performance against established objectives and targets.
  • The team is well versed in their duty of care to work in a safe manner, to report health and safety incidents and to correctly follow safe systems of work.
  • Regular communication and consultation occurs with staff at all levels, to ensure health and safety standards are maintained to the highest practicable level.
  • Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by assessing and effectively managing the risks which arise from our activities including design risk, through the application of effective risk management strategies and practices.

Insurances are reviewed annually and they include but are not limited to the following;

  • General Public Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Statutory Liability
  • Employers Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Cyber Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability

In order to ensure our professional currency, we are associated with the following organisations, although the list is not exhaustive.

  • NZIA
New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • AERB
Architects Education Registration Board
  • LBP
Licenced Building Practitioners
New Zealand Green Building Council
Building Research Association of New Zealand
  • CMS
Construction Marketing Services