Designgroup New Zealand (DGNZ) is a nationwide association of independent architectural practices working together to provide a superior quality of services, a wider range of expertise, and an extended resource capability to our clients throughout New Zealand. Designgroup New Zealand has nine offices, plus three consulting practices in eight locations. Employing over 130 staff.

Designgroup is one of New Zealand’s largest architectural practices. We provide consultancy in architecture, interior, urban and landscape design, heritage architecture and planning. Designgroup offers a unique mix of specific skills, coupled with direct, local hands-on leadership and support. A key strength of Designgroup is our ability to work as a team, an approach we believe is key to successful development.




Each office has experience in working collectively with the other members and as a single practice and are aware of the requirements that lead to a successful project. Our carefully picked project teams are able to respond harmoniously to varying and demanding project requirements to provide a seamless service.
The experience gained by the Directors and key personnel of our project teams allows an integrated approach to design. We not only examine the planning and buildings, but also seek to understand the fundamental core business values, mission, vision, strategic plan and budgets of any organisation we are associated with.
We have extensive experience in fast track projects of significant value. Our joint venture management philosophy allows for the appropriate levels of resources to deliver the necessary service and attention required to make a successful project.


A key strength is our ability to work in a team. We believe that a team approach is the key to a successful development. This applies to how we interact with our Clients, other consultants and the operational staff within our consultancy. A team approach, that includes client representation, ensures that a diversity of skills are available to provide an interactive approach to problem solving throughout the decision making process.
We believe that every project is unique. All preconceptions should be challenged and all past practices verified.
Our approach to projects is characterised by an emphasis on innovation in budgetary, programme and quality objectives. We aim to ensure that agreed user requirements are translated into a valid and meaningful solution through the generation and evaluation of alternative development solutions.




Our success is achieved through our people, and the values and principles that form the unique cultures of all our firms. These cultures are enhanced by the group’s ability to share and enhance our training and development programs to ensure that our people are constantly stretching and improving.

Our vision is that by putting our client’s needs first, and joining together New Zealand’s best practices, we will provide outstanding solutions tailored to our clients and provide a service without peer.



Designgroup New Zealand is a national alliance of leading Architectural, Planning and Environmental Practices brought together through a shared culture and vision and providing one of New Zealand’s largest architectural practices committed to excellence in design and project delivery. Designgroup will continue to offer the unique mix of a wide range of specific skills coupled with direct and local hands-on support.

Designgroup and its individual practices have the widest possible range of project experience, both in terms of project type and project size, within New Zealand and in the Wider South Pacific area. Individual people within the organisation have recognised National and International expertise in a range of specialist areas including Justice, Vocational Tertiary Education, Early Childhood Education, Schools, Aquatic Recreation, Banking, Archives, Recreational Clubs, Aged Accommodation and multi unit and single unit Housing.