About us

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Assembly Architects Ltd, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes.

Assembly Architects Ltd has been established for 10 years.  Registered Architects Justin and Louise Wright started the practice in Wellington in 2005, and moved to Arrowtown in 2012 where they built their own home.  The studio is situated at 6 Arrow Lane, Arrowtown. 

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.

PEOPLE

 

Louise Wright and Justin Wright are both New Zealand Registered Architects.  Together they lead all projects and are personally involved from concept to completion.  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. Prior to establishing Assembly, Justin was a Director of New Work Studio Architects and Louise was an Associate at Athfield Architects in Wellington.  Louise Wright is currently on the Registered Architects Board and the New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards Advisory Board.

Joining Louise and Justin in the Arrowtown studio are Emma Schmitz (B.Arch), Andrea Lawrence (B.Arch), Catarina Peeters  (Dip. Arch Tech) and Sandy Kong (B.Arch).  Registered Architect James Norman is based in the Wellington studio.

JUSTIN WRIGHT

  • 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

LOUISE WRIGHT

  • Registered Architect (NZ) New Zealand
  • Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA)
  • Member of NZIA Awards Advisory Board
  • NZ Registered Architects Board member 2015
  • B.ARCH (1st class hons) BArch: Bachelor of Architecture, 1st Class Hons Victoria University of Wellington
  • 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
  • Te Arawa (Ng. Whakaue, Ng. Rangiwewehi), Tuwharetoa (Rauhoto), Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Te Aitanga-ā-Hauiti

RECOGNITION

Our practice and projects have been recognised with Institute and Industry design awards, in magazine, book and web publications, and with happy clients.  In 2015 the Rammed Earth House was the only South Island house to be shortlisted for the HOME New Zealand HOME of the Year.  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.

AFFILIATION

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  • 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