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  • What is BIM?

    B.I.M. is a term common to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries – it stands for Building Information Modelling. Primary benefits of BIM technology for clients include: Clash detections and co-ordination for less documentation errors (saving time and money). Accurate schedules for pricing. Smoother project management and implementation for contractors. DCA have been early adopters…

  • Post-Covid opportunities

    Post-pandemic – opportunities for the future of design: DCA’s founder and Managing Director, Darryl Church, was recently invited to give a presentation at the architectural industries ‘Design Experience Series’ events in Hamilton and Tauranga. It’s an honour to be an invited speaker alongside other leading Kiwi architects and some of the biggest names in architecture…

  • Supporting our bros

    Some of the DCA crew are partaking in Movember in support of the charity’s fundraising and aim to increase awareness of men’s mental health. Our progress report is a mixed bag, we’re hoping for a strong finish and will report back. Our colleagues at BCD Group and Fluid Engineering are also growing their ‘staches to…

  • Global Perspective

    The DCA Team’s diversity now has representation with professionals (Ella and Paulo) who did their initial training in China and Brazil respectively. Ella qualified with a Bachelor of Interior Studies degree from Hebei University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China in 2004. Upon immigrating to NZ, Ella achieved a Bachelor of Architectural Studies-Architectural…

  • One lap round Lake Rotorua

    Keegan from the DCA Team has done the hard yards in training for the 2020 Rotorua Marathon and will be out there trying to better his previous time of 3:29. And Lee-Ann, wife of DCA’s Managing Director Darryl, will be running the marathon for the 11th time! Both Keegan and Lee-Ann are fundraising for worthy…

  • Look good – do good

    DCA are expanding our range of self-promotion T-shirts. Based on feedback we’ve had with our first version – we will be making them available for anyone who would like to purchase one. There are two design styles currently and we’ll be adding a new design each year to keep things fresh. ‘The Brick’ design is…

  • A first for New Zealand

    Upholding one of DCA’s core values of being lifelong learners, Principal Partner, Werner Naudé, has successfully completed his studies to earn the title as New Zealand’s only Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP). Facilitated by the Association for Learning Environments, the intent of the ALEP credential is as a professional designation of the Association, to signify…

  • Bigger, better, stronger…

    … We’re expanding the DCA Team: Say hello to Alan Footit, DCA’s newest team member. Alan brings a wealth of hard-won practical experience to his role as a Senior CAD Technician. With 14 years of experience, Alan’s background includes over a decade in the UK working on large scale projects across relevant fields, including engineering…

  • Jacqui

    Welcome home

    Jacqui Topless is the most recent addition to our team. Her freshly completed Masters of Architecture degree endeavours to answer the question ‘How can an architectural intervention facilitate the return of taonga to iwi in Aotearoa/New Zealand’, with her thesis titled, ‘Welcome Home: Return, Rehabilitation and Reconnection; Architecture as a Kaitiaki for Taonga Māori’. During…

  • Young Gun

    The DCA crew welcomes the latest addition to the team – Keegan Mitchell. As a recent graduate from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Architectural Technology, Keegan is fulfilling the role of a Junior CAD Technician.Keegan’s first involvement with the DCA office was while still at high school, doing work experience. That,…