Articles New Studio in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

After 10 years of engagement with projects in Aotearoa New Zealand, Grimshaw is opening a dedicated Auckland studio, the eighth studio in the practice’s global network, and the next step of the evolution of its presence in this country.

Grimshaw was established as a business in New Zealand in 2017. Since that time, we have developed design leadership and opportunities and have bid for and won national and regional work with a variety of collaborators. These include New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project: Auckland City Rail Link.

City Rail Link, for which Grimshaw developed the 2012 business case, and subsequently were awarded the preliminary design, began our development of teams on the ground. Today, our work on City Rail Link continues with the final construction delivery where Grimshaw is lead architect with the Link Alliance consortium.

Other projects include the outer suburban Auckland Drury Street Stations, the Domestic and International Terminals project at Auckland Airport and the business case for Auckland Light Rail. 

“Grimshaw is today taking a significant step in the evolution of our robust New Zealand business by committing to a new studio in Auckland. At our new base, we have an energised and thriving team helping deliver our current work in our transport and aviation sectors, simultaneously developing our work in master planning, workplace, residential, adaptive reuse and education. We will apply and develop our knowledge, informed by our work in sustainable and regenerative projects, for our clients and forthcoming projects here in New Zealand.”

Neil Stonell, Managing Partner of the Auckland studio

“We are delighted to concurrently announce the opening of our Auckland Studio. With this development, we can enhance the collaboration of our design teams and support staff, providing an enhanced service to our clients and fully engaging with Grimshaw’s design expertise, sustainability initiatives and knowledge sharing which flows between our studio network. Grimshaw is anticipating the expansion of our offer to clients across all sectors of architecture, design and planning in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw’s Global Managing Partner

Grimshaw operates across the globe with autonomy and independence accorded to its local studio network. Our approach is to establish local work, local projects and importantly, local affiliations which over time lead us to the desire to consolidate our in-country or regional activity into a stand-alone studio. Over the past 30 years, this approach has been the hallmark of our decisions to expand into the United States, Australia, the Middle East and now New Zealand.

The ground-breaking work we have done in establishing our business connections to New Zealand government agencies, developers, design collaborators and importantly, industry associations will continue to evolve.

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