People and Practice

Winter Reserve

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.

Registered Architects Louise Wright and Justin Wright established Assembly Architects in 2005.  Originally based in Wellington, the practice has operated in Arrowtown since 2012.   Louise and Justin 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 attend the Sede di Roma, 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 is Registered Architect James Norman,  Emma Schmitz (B.Arch), Catarina Peeters  (Dip. Arch Tech), Sandy Kong (B.Arch), Ryan Cardno (B.Arch), Marcus Kirk (B.Arch), Registered Architect Simon Khouri, Will Gorton.


  • 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
  • 2015- Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure Standing Panel (formerly the ANZ APAP Standing Panel)
  • 2011 Registered Architects Board Continuing Professional Development Review Panel
  • 1999 Architecture Schools Award Finalist
  • 1997 Penn State University Rome Exchange Deans List


  • Registered Architect (NZ) New Zealand
  • NZ Registered Architects Board member 2015-current
  • 2017 Convenor NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards
  • Member of NZIA Awards Advisory Board
  • Architect member, Jack’s Point Design Review Board
  • Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA)
  • 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


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 won an NZIA Southern Architecture Award, was shortlisted for the HOME New Zealand HOME of the Year, and in 2016 was name a finalist in the inaugural Terra Award –First International Prize for Earthern Architecture.

Two of our projects were included in the New Zealand Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

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 here.

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.

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Assembly supports the NZ Exhibition in Venice