dpa architects /
who we are
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DPA Architects was founded by Dave Pearson in 1996 with the aim of providing clients with expertise in heritage architecture.

Since that time, DPA Architects has become one of New Zealand’s foremost architectural practices specialising in that area. The practice continues to strive for excellence in architecture and seeks to provide the best possible outcome for its clients.


DPA Architects has also developed a high level of technical expertise through involvement with a large number of projects ranging from large commercial projects to small domestic alterations. Projects have included restaurants, churches, educational facilities, town halls, railway stations, dwellings, historic military buildings, museums, theatres, office buildings, community facilities, cemeteries, old hotels, and courthouses.

The practice has been closely involved with the Christchurch rebuild since the earthquakes in 2010-2012. As a result, we have developed considerable understanding of building behaviour during earthquakes as well as extensive experience in retrofitting buildings to resist seismic forces.

Heritage buildings are often required to meet current design standards. DPA Architects are experienced in the upgrading of these buildings including the provision of disabled access. 

dpa architects /
our approach
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DPA Architects is committed to preserving New Zealand's built heritage and to providing the highest possible standards of architectural services for its clients.

We strongly believe that a historic building should have a viable use to enable it to survive for the future. A new use may require the building to be adapted and should be carried out in a way that preserves its heritage values.  The combination of old and new can produce developments that are exciting and dynamic. 

The practice is committed to seeing some of New Zealand's more humble buildings preserved. Simple structures such as stables and barns, corner pubs and village churches made an important contribution to the New Zealand way of life during the early years and should continue to play a part in New Zealand’s built environment.

dpa architects /
awards & achievements
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The practice has received a number of prestigious heritage and professional awards for various conservation projects. These have included:

Waterworks Building, Museum of Transport and Technology

UNESCO Award, 2017


Arts Centre of Christchurch, Clock Tower Building and Great Hall

NZ Architecture Award, 2017

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards 2017, Award of Merit


Arts Centre of Christchurch, The Great Hall

Canterbury Heritage Awards, 2016

Best Seismic Strengthening on a Heritage Building

Christchurch Heritage Trust Supreme Award

The Orange, Auckland

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award, Heritage, 2016


St Saviour’s Church, Christchurch

Civic Trust Award, 2015


St Paul’s Church, Christchurch

Civic Trust Award, 2014


Jean Batten Building (Deloitte Centre), Auckland

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award, Heritage, 2010


Waterworks Building, Museum of Transport and Technology

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards 2009, Award of Merit

NZIA Local Award for Architecture


St Michael’s Church, Christchurch

Christchurch City Council Heritage Award, 2009


Bach 38, Rangitoto Island

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards 2008, Honourable Mention


Remuera Railway Station

Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand Award


Bath House Museum, Rotorua

NZIA Regional Award

Tasman Heritage Award


Scandrett’s Farm Buildings, Mahurangi

NZIA Local Award for Architecture


Old Supreme Court, Auckland

Carter Holt Harvey Heritage Award


Falls Hotel, Auckland

Property Council of New Zealand Auckland Building Award


Lake House Arts Centre

Auckland Regional Council “E” Award