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The practice was founded by Dave Pearson in 1996. He first worked for the Auckland Education Board and the Ministry of Works and Development. The Auckland Supreme Court was the beginning of a move to specialise in conservation architecture.

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    BArch ANZIA
    Heritage Architect
    Dave Pearson

    Dave is a registered architect, an associate with the NZ Institute of Architects and one of New Zealand’s leading heritage architects with over 25 years' experience.  He attended the University of York Centre for Conservation Studies and has acted as project and heritage architect for significant conservation projects such as the Waterworks building at the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology.  He is currently the heritage architect for the restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre.  


    He has been involved in all aspects of heritage and character evaluation from single heritage buildings to the assessment of large scale heritage and character areas.   This work has included the development of District Plan heritage objectives and policies, rules and design guides.  He has prepared evidence and appeared as an expert witness for various Councils and private clients at Council and Environment Court hearings. 

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    Matt Davy


    Matt holds a BArch and is an experienced project architect having worked on various heritage projects.  These have included the restoration of a historic cottage at the Wilson Home in Takapuna and the construction of an early childhood centre alongside a restored and relocated historic homestead at Botany Downs.  He most recently completed an addition to Ponsonby Baptist Church, providing a new contemporary link between a historic Classical church and a Gothic style Sunday school hall.


    Matt is highly skilled in project management with a personable nature that enables strong client relationships and a collaborative design environment.   

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    Senior Architectural Graduate
    Heritage Consultant
    Brent Withers

    Brent has ten years’ experience in building conservation with a leading role in a numerous preservation projects including the restoration of a Jewish Prayer House and the Swanson Railway Station.   Brent has extensive knowledge in the architectural process and building construction having completed a BAS and NZ Certificate of Building and is also a Licensed Building Practitioner.   


    Outside of DPA, Brent is currently working with Heritage New Zealand on a Whare Puni – earth floor construction project, one of the only structures of its kind remaining in New Zealand.  Brent is the conservation carpenter for the project and tutors the students involved in conservation construction.  

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    Maxine Northam

    Max works closely with Dave providing adminstration and office management.  


    Max has over thirty years' experience in this area having worked for a number of companies in New Zealand and Australia including Touchdown Television.