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Our Philosophy

Established in NZ in 1968, Peddle Thorp has built a brand that is easily one of the most respected architectural practices in the country.

The cornerstone of the company is built on the notion that the craft of drawing forms the built result. The firm’s core strength is in the quality and depth of design and detailing, which allows the most complex and creative ideas to be articulated into a living reality.

Peddle Thorp's ability to deliver on projects of any scale or type is a strength sought after by clients and industry professionals alike. We take projects from brief to completion, combining flair and value in effective design solutions for clients. We also embrace the opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals, drawing on unique skills and talents for the benefit of the project. Other practices acknowledge and seek out our industry leadership in this space. 

As a company, we have a down-to-earth, honest and practical approach combined with a unique ability to listen, distil, consider and communicate ideas in a simple, plain and articulate manner. Our strong heritage has provided a pride and assurance in our people, our brand and our craft. Grounded in old-world values of honesty and integrity, each new brief is tackled with enthusiasm, robust discussion and a complete sense of team.

Although proudly independent, Peddle Thorp recognises and contributes to the wealth of knowledge, resource and expertise that is the wider Peddle Thorp Group. We are proud to be part of a group whose projects and offices extend across NZ and Australia, Asia and the Middle East, and value the impartial counsel that comes from this unique relationship. 

With a comprehensive and award-winning body of work that spans all major market sectors, peddlethorp creates spaces with distinct style and a remarkable clarity of vision that can be enjoyed by both current and future generations of New Zealanders.


Our reputation for strong project leadership, excellent communication, responsible cost control, timely delivery and all round teamwork underlines all peddlethorp projects.

Architecture - We undertake a broad range of projects from our traditional high rise commercial and residential, to low rise commercial, residential and hotels. We are active in healthcare, sports and recreation architecture, education and even occasional premium private residential work.


Interior Design - We work in corporate workplace, hospitality, healthcare, retail, residential and education. Our broad industry knowledge delivers thoroughly researched, creative and intelligent solutions that express brand aspirations and enhance the culture and efficiencies of our clients.

Expert Advice & Resolution - The industry and building owners often ask us to resolve issues of technical failures or contract disputes. In these, we rely on our experience, contract and technical knowledge to reach and recommend the proper conclusions.

Technical & QA

Design Detailing - High quality+depth of detailing. Everyone is encouraged to research technical issues and to further specific interests.

On Site - Our common sense approach to detailing is carried through to the site.

QA - Our QA has been developed in the context of working with Clients' and Contractors' systems.

Peer Review - Independent, constructive criticism at critical stages of the design process.


We often work in partnership with other NZ, Australian or international Architects and Interior Designers where complementary roles are played by each practice. Mutual respect always exists and we are willing always and have the maturity, resources and experience, to develop and to deliver the project vision. Our partners include Fearon Hay, PTID, PTW Architects, PT Brisbane, JPW, Harrison + Harrison, Studio Pacific Architecture, Noel Lane, MAP, DEGW, HSPC, Kohn Pederson Fox, Martin Hughes Interiors, Geyer Design, Lance Herbst Architects.


The combination of raw materials, the lattice framework and the intricate planting scheme make this...
Sean Belling About
John Caro and I have been best friends for over 45 years. Just as I...
Richard Goldie About
Caro's Grey Lynn
A transparent, green and shimmering glass box, transformed what was a heavy and dated office...
Jason Huang About
Zurich House
“Essential to the design was the inclusion of lush planting. This, along with carefully selected...
Richard Goldie About
Botanica Display Suite
“The building will be a fantastic asset which will set the bar high not just...
Bradley Luke About
ANZ Centre, Christchurch
The building not only serves as a quality amenity for Hilton Queenstown and its patrons,...
Terrence Barnes About
Hilton Queenstown
The word ‘schule’ which the Jewish people use to refer to the Synagogue derives from...
Richard Goldie About
Kadimah College
A unique blend of Peddle Thorp hotel knowledge and Fearon Hay insight. We look forward...
Richard Goldie About
Auckland Waterfront Hotel
This project delivered a great result for the Langham Auckland and offered guests an innovative...
May Langley About
Eight at The Langham
Wynyard Area 4 is a vibrant masterplan bringing together diverse residential, cultural and commercial uses...
Wynyard Quarter Master Plan
The site chosen by ASB when they moved from Queen Street; well engineered with an...
Brian Aitken About
ASB Tower
A major refurbishment of the old Auckland Customhouse in association with Charles Sparks, Architect for...
Brian Aitken About
DFS Galleria
The ‘heart’ Smales Farm needed, hugely successful. Great fun crafting sunshades out of solid cedar....
Richard Goldie About
Q4 Smales Farm
Extract from GlaxoSmithKline Workplace Blueprint 'I wanted management to be in the heart of the...
GlaxoSmithKline New Zealand
A landmark commercial building, large floor plates and fantastic art work in the foyer. ...
Brian Aitken About
Vero Centre
The proposition at first brought a smile to our faces - how much floor area!!??...
Richard Goldie About


An exciting project carried out while the Museum was fully operational, in association with Noel...
Brian Aitken About
Auckland War Memorial Museum
While the exterior design makes this building identifiable and unique, optimal working environment was achieved...
Miller Guirguis About
TRG Imaging Shakespeare Road
The redevelopment consolidates services together on the site which in turn results in increased flexibility...
Miller Guirguis About
Rotorua Hospital
Extraordinary design on an extraordinary site. This project required a high level of technical...
Joshua Grant About
Hilton Queenstown
Peddle Thorp were identified as the Architect of Record - the Client and Contractor's choice...
Richard Goldie About
Rhubarb Lane
Realising the vision within tight cost parameters was challenging for all involved. The result...
Bradley Luke About
Hudson Brown
The exterior we enjoy is a ‘case study in precast’. The lower level stonework was...
Richard Goldie About
Design ‘zooms in and out’ through the integration of elements. Here we managed to develop...
Richard Goldie About
85-89 Greys Ave
Peddle Thorp's high rise experience helped the developer move into a new scale and project...
Richard Goldie About
Lumley Centre
The Stamford Residences project required a very high level of attention to build sequencing and...
Bradley Luke About
Stamford Residences
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