Assembly Architects is a ten-person practice based in Arrowtown, near Queenstown.

Registered Architects Louise Wright and Justin Wright established Assembly in Wellington in 2005, and have operated in Arrowtown since 2012.  

Louise and  Justin are personally involved in all projects from the big idea to the finest detail.  They are ably assisted by a talented and diverse team of architects, architecture graduates, architectural technicians and practice administration support.  

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.


Louise Wright Registered Architect, ANZIA, B.ARCH (1st class hons)

Justin Wright Registered Architect, ANZIA, B.ARCH (1st class hons), B.BSc

Emma Schmitz B.Arch

Simon Khouri Registered Architect, ANZIA, B.Arch

Catarina Peeters  Dip. Arch Tech

Sandy Kong B.Arch

Ryan Cardno B.Arch

Marcus Kirk B.Arch

Will Gorton B.Arch


James Norman Registered Architect, ANZIA


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 CPD 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

NZIA Awards Advisory Board

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 Published work. 

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Assembly supports the NZ Exhibition in Venice