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.


Awards by year

  • Zurich House - Zerofootprint International Re-skinning Award - Joint Winner & honourable mention for Resource Efficiency: Commercial & Industrial Category
  • Auckland Waterfront Hotel - Waterfront Development Design Competition - Winner
  • Zurich House - NZIA - New Zealand Architecture Award Commercial + Sustainability
  • Zurich House - CCANZ - Overall Supreme Winner + Winner of Commercial Concrete Construction Category
  • Metropolis - Master Builders Assoc of Victoria - Best International Project
  • DFS Galleria - Red Award: Retail Design Award - NZ Shopfitters Association
  • ASB Tower - Property Council NZ - NBR Supreme Award
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Project Philosophy

Our clients enjoy the assurance of dealing with leading architects who can offer them the most robust, professional and value effective creative solutions for their brief. Our ability to communicate the intricate details of a project in a way that is accessible and simple to understand creates an environment of collaboration, trust and ‘teamfulness’. Together we make distinctive buildings that enhance clients’ and partners’ reputations and standing. Throughout, people genuinely enjoy the process of working with us.

Team Philosophy

We are: grounded, self-assured yet modest when it comes to our own accomplishments. Responsible. Refined. Informed.

We are not: arrogant, egotistical, lightweight and difficult to deal with.

We speak: frankly, honestly, personably and in language our customers will be able to relate to.

We also listen.

Our team is derived of some of the most experienced and qualified architects in the business. Our approach is straightforward, down to earth, honest, and authentic. Our work and the process in which it is brought to life is accessible to customers through its brilliant clarity and the clear and simple way in which is it communicated.