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HWA is a New Zealand based architectural design practice with its head office located in Porirua, New Zealand.


Built on a platform of mobility and adaptability in both the physical and technological sense our motto "Design Driven - Technology Enabled" means HWA is a forward thinking and innovative design studio specialising in residential and commercial projects nationwide. 


Our design capability is supported by a simply refined process and workflow utilising next generation technology that allow us to deliver projects of any scale and complexity.


Integral to our work is our philosophy of collaboration, industry leading documentation and quality assurance systems. We offer world-class visualisation solutions where appropriate and always seek to maximise our clients understanding of their design through the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Our design vision is built on the understanding that the most successful projects are those that reflect the shared identity of our clients, the site and the fabric of the surrounding community.


Our design work strives to capture our clients identity and resonate with their surrounding communities - all to enhance a sense of belonging. 




While Architecture is Hamish’s career, he doesn’t allow the long hours to restrict the time he spends with wife, Olivia and sons, Thomas and Henry. Nor does it cut into his time he likes to spend on, in or around the water!

Like most parents, Hamish endeavors to create as fun and playful upbringing for his boys as possible, meaning lots of adventures, bike rides and general mischief.


As a former technician turned designer, Hamish has a very practical approach to his design philosophy and style with an eye for detail. Hamish relies on creative direction derived from the experience he has and the architecture he sees.


For Hamish the difference between average and good architecture can be as much about the feelings people experience as much as the physical building so maintaining the integrity of his design is very important.


Hamish is enjoying his Principal Designers role with HWA. With a focus on connecting with clients beyond the project, establishing relationships and using familiarity with clients to contribute to the design. It goes without saying his designs enhance how his clients live their lives.



When Jack isn't training the house down at the gym he's a keen Football player with the Western Suburbs football club. 

As a key member of the HWA team, Jack does a lot of the project as-built models and technical drawing for our renovation projects often having a role in design stages as well. He is well on his way to becoming a licensed practitioner in his own right and enjoys broadening his experience. 



We're looking for exceptional people to join our team. 

Click here to view our current vacancies. 

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