Pattersons Associates Architects began its creative story with Architect, Andrew Patterson in 1986 whose early work on New Zealand’s unspoiled coasts, explores relationships between people and landscape to create a sense of belonging. The architecture studio started based on a very simple idea; if a building can feel like it naturally ‘belongs’, or fits logically in a place, to an environment, a time and culture, then the people that inhabit the building will likely feel a sense of belonging there as well. This methodology connects theories of beauty, confidence, economy and comfort.

In 2004 Davor Popadich and Andrew Mitchell joined the firm as Directors, taking it to another level of creative exploration and helping it grow into an architecture studio with an international reputation. Pattersons now has clients and projects as far afield as India, Singapore, Australia, Germany and China.


We deliver bespoke and global standard buildings with no two being the same. The variety is made possible by an inventive spirit common to all. Contemporary forms, rooted in strong consideration for building usage, are underpinned by sound environmentally sustainable building principles, finished with an informed use of materials with elegant and robust detailing.

Our team is united and motivated by architectural innovation, we bring our diverse expertise together to collaborate on work. A broad range of disciplines come together in our architectural work; including resource management strategies, model making and digital technologies, landscape architecture, sustainable design initiatives, urban planning and interior design. Each project comes from selecting individual talents to create the right ‘super team’ for particular projects.

Geyser building detail — New Zealand’s first 6 Greenstar rated Design


Stakeholder liaison and management
Pattersons are skilled in the complex negotiations and public relations exercises necessary to gain project acceptance and support. We identify stakeholder user groups and direct facilitation using workshops, testing, reporting and assessment. This is carried out to research diverse issues such as design sizing, scoping of facilities and relationships to existing built infrastructure. Each building is tailor-made as a strong representation of the client’s aspirations.

Collaboration — Reverse Brief
Pattersons spend a great deal of consultation time with our clients at the beginning and provide a Reverse Brief process as a standard part of our service. A Reverse Brief is a word picture of the building, a definition of the core tests the design must achieved. The Reverse Brief enables clients to check our thinking is aligned before the design work starts.

We believe a beautiful project is delivered through good service, detailed drawings and specifications with excellent project management. We have a broad quality assurance programme, information data library and learned integrated design methodology that generates quality solutions.

The more complex a design challenge, the more it benefits from multiple voices and philosophies. Our design process is an inclusive ‘conversation’ that involves all the people who might build, use, sell or prove the project concurrently and cross-functionally. This conversation is across clients, planners, developers, consultants, engineers, market experts, citizens, public officials, specialist consultants, suppliers and contractors. We use an integrated process model which aligns community and ecological impacts at the outset. This produces high performance, high value solutions with fewer variations and faster consenting times.

Each building is tailor-made as a strong representation of the client’s aspirations

Environmentally Sustainable Design

Pattersons have designed some of New Zealand’s most sustainable buildings, methodology is integral to our work and for us a cohesive sustainability strategy is a central component of design. We believe that sustainability encompasses good urban design, efficient transport design, careful selection of materials and construction methods, energy efficiency and considered management of resources. Our history in integration of environmentally sustainable design (ESD) into our work has resulted in specialised in-house skills. This allows us to develop and implement cohesive sustainability strategies for each project. Through delivering a number of buildings awarded for their ESD credentials, we have developed a strong understanding of cost-effective sustainability measures, and of the productivity implications of incorporating ESD principles into our projects. We are always actively engaged in looking for new and innovative sustainable technologies.

Over the last thirty years, it has become clear that the risk associated with climate change will pose serious challenges to society. Architects are constantly presented with the challenge of creating durable buildings that respond to a changing environment. Architects have a major role to play, given the fact that 75 per cent of global energy consumption is produced by buildings and transportation. Buildings, neighbourhoods and cities can be designed to minimise pollution and carbon emissions. This implies not only using renewable energy sources (including wind, sun and water), but designing energy efficient buildings and masterplans that encourage vegetation and biodiversity.

New urban developments need to be designed with the ultimate aim of achieving carbon dioxide neutral environments and biomimicry. Pattersons want to do their part in in creating and implementing this technology.

At their highest level, the measurable ecology of a building and the poetic dimensions of architecture are essentially the same

Geyser Building — New Zealand’s first 6 Greenstar rated Design

Urban Design

Pattersons believe in a holistic approach to the study of cities and environments. By looking at the trends influencing cities today we can create communities for the future. We are interested in the patterns of behaviour, demographics and the hidden systems that influence the built environment, from the property market to underground infrastructure.

Pattersons are skilled in the complex negotiations and public relations exercises necessary to gain project acceptance and support. This often involves the facilitation of identified stakeholder user group workshops. Testing and assessment is carried out on design sizing, scoping of facilities and relationships to existing built infrastructure.

Railway Precinct Masterplan for Auckland City Council

Heritage &

Pattersons are experienced in developing conservation and maintenance plans for heritage buildings. Research to understand the existing building is important to develop sensitive and appropriate strategies for adaptive reuse. Rather than demolishing and replacing existing infrastructure, we believe that the best of modern technology can be used to strengthen, restore and modify buildings to extend their working life.

Historic Places Trust Category — Historic Winstone Stables

Spatial Design

Pattersons look at the entirety of a project to create a seamless experience from outside to inside. We can also concentrate on the interior alone. By understanding our client’s needs and the way in which a room, or sequence of spaces will be used, we can create interiors that meet these needs. The spectrum of work spans private residences to office towers; art galleries to industrial buildings, innovative retail fit-outs to trade exhibitions or pavilions. The quality of light, the choice of materials, the use of colour, and the selection of furnishings and works of art are coordinated as part of the overall scheme.

Mai Mai House Interior 2008

Exhibitions & Pavilions

Pattersons are experienced in collaboratively working with event specialists to produce extraordinary exhibitions and pavilion design experiences. This has included The New Zealand Guests of Honour Pavilion designed for the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair. Commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Pattersons collaborated with Inside Out Productions Ltd to develop and deliver a stunning Frankfurt experience. This pavilion was lauded as being the most popular pavilion in the history of the book fair with over 90,000 visitors.

“We found Pattersons team collaborative and cooperative and the pavilion project itself a great success”.
— Bruce Gadd, NZTE, appointed to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair


Selected Award-winning Projects and Publications

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award in Housing, 2017

NZIA Silver Commercial Project Award in Tourism: Kinloch Lodge, 2017

NZIA Resene Colour Awards, Housing: Fendalton House, 2017

NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards in Housing: Fendalton House, 2017

Gold Commercial Project Award: 
Len Lye, 2016

WAN Civic Building Award Shortlist: Len Lye, 2016

NZIA Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture, Annandale Farm, 2016

Stainless NZ, Innovation for Stainless Award: Len Lye, 2016

Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Best Creative Place: Len Lye, 2016

Interior Awards for Civic Interior Architecture: 
Christchurch Botanic Garden Centre, 2015

NZIA Public Architecture Awards: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 2015

NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 2015

NZIA International Architecture Awards: New Zealand Concept Store, 2015

NZIA John Scott Award for Public Architecture: Christchurch Botanic Garden Centre, 2015

Home of The Year Award Finalist: Annandale Scrubby Bay, 2014

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for International Architecture: New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion, Frankfurt, Germany, 2014

Supreme Interior Awards: New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion, Frankfurt, Germany, 2013

NZIA Resene Green Building Property Award for Excellence: Geyser, 2013


NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards for Heritage: Annandale Homestead, 2013
NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards: Annandale Shepherds Cottage, 2013

NZIA Waikato Bay of Plenty Architecture Award, Maungakawa House, 2013 and NZIA Colour Award: Maungakawa House, 2013

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture for Geyser, 2013

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture for Geyser, 2013

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Award for Geyser, 2013

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for Anvil, 2012

World Architecture News 21 for 21 Award Winner, 2011

NZIA New Zealand Award for Architecture for Local Rock House, 2011

NZIA New Zealand Award for Residential Architecture: Wanaka Lodge, 2010 Simple strategies give surprising results with this confident, striking residence. It offers a fresh, exciting interpretation of the European influenced South Island stone house, and perfectly answers the call of the clients strong personalities and sociability.
NZIA Resene Regional Award for Architecture
: Parihoa, 2009

Auckland Architecture Association Cavalier Bremworth Design Awards Open Winner Unbuilt Projects Category: Discus House, 2009

World Architecture Festival Barcelona Shortlist Houses Sports & Leisure The Michael Hill Golf Clubhouse 2008

NZIA Resene New Zealand and Supreme Awards for Architecture:The Michael Hill Golf Clubhouse, 2008

NZIA Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture: Bungy, 2008

World Architecture Festival Barcelona Shortlist Houses Mai Mai House 2008


NZIA Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture: Mai Mai House, 2008 “This is a clever experiment in the condition of inner city urban living that produces powerful but polarised experiences of occupation. A courageous client has enabled a full expression from their architect”.

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award for Excellence: Stratis, 2006

NZIA Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture: Stratis, 2006 A new apartment block that offers another essay on the 5 storey apartment block in the Viaduct Harbour.

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award: Cumulus, 2004

NZIA Resene New Zealand and Supreme Awards for Architecture: Cumulus, 2003. “The architects have had the wit and inventiveness to turn it into something unexpected and enigmatic. Cumulus is a white veiled box rising in a dramatic range of spatial experiences above a subterranean realm of car parks. The veil gives little away of the ethereal sky-court within.The architects have shown how with imagination and supportive clients, a car park/office building can be not only cost-effective but also stimulating and beautiful.”

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award: Waitakere Gardens, 2002

NZIA Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture: Site 3, 2002 A provocative response to a sloping site with heritage considerations and stunning westerly vistas.

Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Supreme Award:  Site 3 2002