Category / The Drawing Board

    Loading posts...
  • NICK CHIBNALL-WEST, DCA ASSOCIATE

    DCA are excited to announce that Nick Chibnall-West has recently joined the management team as an Associate.  Joining DCA in 2015, Nick has been involved in a wide variety of projects varying in size and typology, with strong experience in the education and commercial sectors.  The promotion recognises Nick as a people person, who cares…

  • HISTORY, CULTURE & COMMUNITY

    In 2015, the Ministry of Education announced the closure of three East Coast schools, Raukokore School, Te Kura o Omaio and Te Whanau a Apanui Area School.  The Ministry also announced at the same time, the creation of a new school, Te Kura o te Whanau a Apanui.  That’s when DCA Architects of Transformation teamed…

  • CULTURAL CROSSING

    DCA explores the historical connections between the Crown and Iwi in Rotorua. The crossroads of Fenton & Pukaki Street is the meeting of two cultures and a story of New Zealand & Rotorua history.  Pukaki is the carved representation of a Ngati Whakaue ancestor that once stood at the base of the Pukeroa Pa above…

  • FLYING ARCHITECTS – CANOPY TOURS

    To celebrate our year, the DCA team headed into the Mamaku forest, north-west of Rotorua with Canopy Tours.  The award winning tourism experience takes you on a zip line adrenaline-filled excursion through 800 year old native forest.  The result was a bunch of architects with smiles from ear to ear, high fives and an appreciation…

  • IT’S A WRAP.

    Back in July 2017 when we rebranded, we created a new strategic plan and vision to “Transform the World through great architecture”.  We thought this could take a few years.  As we reflect back on the past eighteen months, we have made some giant strides towards our goals.  Completing the master planning of $500M NZD…

  • 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…