Rammed Earth House


The nature of the client, and the nature of the site inform a design and construction strategy that is always unique; executed with our personal approach, technical rigour, and clear communication across the residential, commercial and cultural realms. 

Our work is as diverse and interesting as the ideas and sites that our clients bring to the table.  Each project is unique, tailored to the client’s vision, style, idea, values and wishlist, always accounting for the opportunities and constraints of the site and the budget.  

The execution of the design is backed by thorough technical interrogation of the structure, materials and construction systems, and conveyed for clients, contractors and compliance with detailed documentation, 3D renders, physical models and prototypes. 


Our practice and projects have been recognised with Institute and Industry design awards, in magazine, book and web publications, and with happy clients. 

In 2013 we won a New Zealand Institute of Architecture (NZIA) New Zealand Architecture Award for the Zoo Hub at Wellington Zoo, and in 2012 received NZIA awards for projects in Wellington, Auckland and Arrowtown across the categories of Public Architecture, Commercial Architecture and Hospitality.  See our AWARDS GALLERY.

Our projects and practice are published in Architectural Review, HOME Magazine, URBIS, Architecture NZ, Interiors, Simply You Living, KiaOra, architecture and design blogs including ArchDaily, and the recent book Big House Small House: New Homes by New Zealand Architects published by Random House NZ. See our PRESS page.


Louise and Justin Wright are both New Zealand Registered Architects.  Together they lead all projects and are personally involved with all clients.  They bring different skills and experience to the project and are each others sounding board from the big idea to the finest detail.  

Louise and Justin studied at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture.  Both won scholarship exchanges to Rome, Italy with Penn State University, USA and graduated at Victoria with first class honours.  

They established Assembly Architects Limited in Wellington in 2005, and after a brief period in the Central North Island they moved to Arrowtown in 2012.

Joining Louise and Justin in the Arrowtown office are Emma Schmitz and Andrea Lawrence.  James Norman is based in the Wellington Office.


  • B.ARCH (1st class hons), B.BSc
  • Registered Architect (NZ)
  • Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA)
  • BArch: Bachelor of Architecture, 1st Class Hons &;
  • BBSc Bachelor of Building Science Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2011 Registered Architects Board Continuing Professional Development Review Panel
  • 1999 Architecture Schools Award Finalist
  • 1997 Penn State University Rome Exchange Deans List
  • justin@assembly.co.nz / tel NZ 021 565 363


  • Te Arawa (Ng. Whakaue, Ng. Rangiwewehi), Tuwharetoa (Rauhoto), Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Te Aitanga-ā-Hauiti
  • B.ARCH (1st class hons) BArch: Bachelor of Architecture, 1st Class Hons Victoria University of Wellington
  • Registered Architect (NZ) New Zealand
  • Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA)
  • Member of NZIA Awards Advisory Board
  • Nominated to NZ Registered Architects Board
  • 1999 Penn State University Rome Exchange (Deans List)
  • 2000 Architecture Schools Award Finalist
  • 2006 Te Pokaitahi Reo Rumaki, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi
  • 2010 Te Ara Reo Māori L4, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • louise@assembly.co.nz / tel NZ 021 560 998


NZIA logo

  • Practice member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
  • Southern Branch NZIA
  • Member of Architecture+Woman (Louise Wright)
  • Queenstown Chamber of Commerce
  • Arrowtown Business Women’s Network


In 2012 were thrilled to be announced as the “Emerging Design Practice” for the inaugual Interior Awards.  The jury said “the hard-fought Emerging Design Practice Award was presented to Assembly Architects. The Wellington-based practice, headed up by Justin and Louise Wright, received praise from the judges for their exploratory approach to architecture and a willingness to push the boundaries of materials and technical understanding of not just the ‘drawing of things’, but of the making of things as well.”  The full article can be seen at ArchitectureNow.  The full citation, reads:

Assembly Architects eventually won out in this hard-fought category with the judging panel impressed by the firm’s approach to exploratory architecture, its willingness to push the boundaries of materials and its technical understanding of not the the ‘drawing of things’, but of the making of things as well.  From the Zoo Hub, seen on this page, via its flat-packed classroom system and student room ‘pods’ for an accommodation tower at the University of Auckland to the Britomart retail showcases and a marae ablution block at Tūwharetoa, you can easily say that the trajectory of this duo’s career has been anything but linear.  More so, it has been exceptional in its scope of project selection and breadth of architectural rigour.

Interiors magazine announcement [Issue 4 Jun-Aug 2012]