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  • After 14 years of planning, the build of a unique family retreat is complete

    Source: The New DCA Architects Dictionary 2024.

  • No he Kakano iti e hua ana he mauri – From a small seed grows a mighty kauri

    On the 3rd of March the Te Arawa Whare Waka opening was marked with a karakia and blessing. It marked the return of the Te Arawa Waka after 5 years of temporary relocation during the lakefront’s redevelopment. DCA collaborated with master carver and artist Lyonel Grant on the Whare Waka.

  • Te Rito o Manaaki Ora

    The new Manaaki Ora office building is deep in meaning for the people of Te Arawa and expresses this uniqueness. The exterior solar fins represent the sails of the Waka and eight beating hearts of Te Arawa. The internal arrangement explores a concept of vertical Marae.

  • In fact … seven years

    The New Zealand Architecture Awards honour the best architecture produced in New Zealand in a given year. This year, DCA in association with MOAA had their work meet these high standards for Te Kura o Te Whānau-a-Apanui. Instead of us waxing lyrical about it, read what the esteemed Judges had to say…. The success of…

  • Want to get hot and steamy?

    DCA Architects recently completed the QE Health and Wellness centre located in Rotorua. The facility uses a holistic health approach to healing, and uses HOT and STEAMY geothermal waters for treatments.

  • Seven, yes 7, lots of recognition for two projects in the past two months.

    Te Kura o Te Whanau a Apanui in Te kaha, completed in association with MOAA Architects has won an NZIA Waikato/BoP regional award, then shortlisted for NZIA NZ architecture award, then two ADNZ Waikato/BoP regional awards for commercial and Kaitiakitanga Sustainability. Then Heretaunga Intermediate technology block in Hastings won two ADNZ Hawkes/Poverty Bay regional commercial…

  • LEA Conference – Christchurch 2023

    In line with one of our core values “Lifelong Learners”, Werner, Nick and Marie recently attended the Learning Environments Australasia conference in Christchurch. Over a couple of days the team listened to leading educationalists from around the globe. This was followed by visiting built examples of learning environments that have taken the opportunity post-earthquake to…

  • What’s better than 3? 4 of course!!

    Well…They might be a few years off from being employees, but Nick Chibnall-West, Keegan Mitchell & Michael Leung have been busy lately juggling father and work duties with their new offspring. Congratulation Nick and Chelsea on the arrival of Phoebe, Keegan & Carlee with twins Harvee and Luka, and Michael & Christina welcomed Ash to…

  • ACG Tauranga College block is complete

    ACG Tauranga is a private school catering for pre-school through to year 13. DCA Architects were engaged to master plan future growth and design a new teaching block catering for college students. The new facility provides a Library, Art Studio, Science laboratory and learning spaces to allow for the schools STEAM based education programme to…

    Awards are great but transforming lives is better

    National Winner for Category 07 – Commercial/Industrial It is a significant acknowledgment and achievement to be awarded the 2022 National winner in the Commercial/Industrial category of the ADNZ awards. We have received numerous building user testimonials that give us confidence that we have achieved what we set out to do. The following were some of…