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Design Director
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Associate

"One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again."

- Renzo Piano

The Team

About Imagine

Imagine Architecture is a multi-award winning architectural design practice that has been in business since 2002 with specialist expertise in Residential and Commercial design. Our practice has evolved through many iterations over the years. From starting in a shoebox home office, to growing into occupying historic premises at the Kings Building in New Plymouth, then to a sleek downtown high street practice. We have now gone back to our roots with two bespoke studios for Tony and Steven, giving is a presence in Tauranga and New Plymouth respectively.

“Changing lives through great architecture & design”. That is the mission of Imagine Architecture. Since 2002, we have sought to infuse that mission into every project. Our designs are for high performance buildings that change lives. To achieve this, we combine aesthetics & energy efficiency with comfort & architectural appeal, function & use of space with quality interaction with the environment.

This approach is applied across all our projects irrespective of size or budget. We believe there is opportunity in every project to make better choices. This is accomplished thanks to better decision making to improve the quality of the space experienced by its occupants. Merely meeting minimum building code requirements is not enough. Exceeding minimums is the key to better buildings, be they new architectural homes or commercial structures. Optimum performance ahead of minimum compliance every time. Architecture with attitude!

Imagine Architecture aspires to uphold the Pritzker Architecture Prizewinner Glenn Murcutt’s ideal: ‘to touch the earth lightly’. This means we look at how nature has crafted the environment to this point in time, and form our design in relationship to that. For example, we have sculpted designs to the land, rather than the land to the design. Nature has brought us those spaces, so we strive to design structures to be harmonious with that nature. As custodians we seek to protect the environment through diligent stewardship and utilisation of the best high performance technology.  

Our experience in over 1000 commissions to date is wide and diverse. In addition to servicing Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, we have commissions throughout New Zealand and have projects in Australia and Italy. In this modern age, geography is no barrier to delivering architectural excellence. The Imagine Architecture team's track record shows an ability to adapt quickly to client changes, government legislation and technical site situations. We have specialist experience in:

  • Residential homes and renovations

  • Sustainable and Energy Efficient architecture

  • Recreation & Parks facilities

  • Apartments & Townhouses

  • Mobility design and disabled access

  • Retirement homes

  • Gymnasia

  • Schools & ECE

  • Property development & investment units

  • Industrial facilities

  • Restaurant and retail design

  • Shipping Container buildings

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Motels and Motor Lodges

Imagine Architecture promotes itself on the principle of “relationship marketing”. A large number of commissions come to Imagine Architecture by way of referrals from existing clients. This method of marketing reflects our philosophy of creating quality relationships with clients. This is achieved by friendly, clear and up front communication matched with a quality design service that meets the aesthetic, functional & financial requirements of the client.

Imagine Architecture is the experienced team to use if you are looking for innovative design that respects the environment, quality technical documentation, superior service through excellent communication.

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“I have worked with Tony and his team for the last 10 years doing a mix of tendered and negotiated work and have found their design and information well put together and informative. Communication has always been good and thorough and Tony was always receptive to both the clients and builders’ requests. I would have no hesitation in recommending or referring Tony and his team.”    

Andy Cleland – Clelands Construction