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  • Future transformers

    We were lucky enough to have two new awesome transformers join the DCA whanau in August.  Cameron Laing, our newest architectural graduate, has returned to Rotorua, his birth town, after working for an architectural practice in Te Awamutu for 10 years on projects from Gisborne to Hamilton and all places in between.  Cameron grew up…

  • Sweet as honey

    Icing International has created an ambitious plan to develop a world class manufacturing facility and showcase for its Manuka honey brand “Richora”.  Located on Ngongotaha Road, the main northern arterial route into Rotorua, the completed master plan by DCA Architects will be a spectacular welcome to Rotorua for tourists and visitors.  The first stage of…

  • Tarawera & Te Ngae Roads Corner Development

    The corner of Tarawera and Te Ngae Roads in Rotorua has been home to a Frankenstein building that started life as a service station, then a car yard and then a whole swag of struggling businesses.  When Tony Bradley of TPB Properties acquired the property in 2017 DCA already had a vision for the master…

  • MEET EDUARDO

    Some people live and breathe rugby, not Eduardo.  But he is passionate about design.  We welcomed Eduardo Assis to the DCA Architects whānau during April.  Eduardo is a Brazilian Registered Architect and Town Planner, who made NZ his home 10 years ago. With 23 years of experience across a diverse range of projects, 10 of…

  • Transforming Fiji Education

    In May our ‘Fiji dedicated team members’, together with our consultant partners of educationalists, structural engineers, traffic engineers and building and services specialists embarked on a journey to Fiji as the first stage of masterplanning for a ‘new’, improved Fiji National University began.  For 18 days the team carried out a condition assessment of 265…

  • Papamoa Primary School

    After two years of design and construction, Papamoa Primary School’s new six classroom learning block has just been completed.  At DCA we go above and beyond to ensure we deliver transformative results for our clients.  We believe in listening first and doing second. DCA did this by undertaking a series of in-depth workshops with teachers, students…

  • Pilot Bay Apartments – Mount Maunganui

    The Pilot Bay Apartments have just been completed – a luxury 3 level apartment development in one of Mount Maunganui’s most sought-after locations.  It is the result of a four-year collaborative design and construction process between DCA and one of our favourite repeat clients. The development consists of 4 luxury unit titled apartments featuring a…

  • ins and outs…….

    In March the DCA team welcomed back Jackie Pittman as our Senior Project Transformer. Jackie has a long association with DCA, working for the then named ‘Darryl Church Architecture’ as a designer and technician from 2005 to 2012. Jackie left to develop her career in new opportunities, first as a project manager and latterly as…

  • WE LOST ….

    Wintec recently went nationwide to short-list three firms for their new $35M student learning hub. The three successful firms would then be briefed in a design competition. DCA architects teamed up with and supported MOAA architects in a Joint Venture bid, and we were lucky enough to make the short-list. The resulting MOAA-DCA scheme was…

  • check out our feature in UNO. Magazine!

    DCA Architects – A Higher Plane