HWA - THE PRACTICE

HWA is a New Zealand based architectural design practice with its head office located in Wellington, 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 projects nationwide including suburban executive living, rural lifestyle living, holiday retreats and duplex in-fill housing developments. 

 

Our design capability is supported by a simply refined process and workflow utilising next generation technology that allow us to deliver residential 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. 

OUR TEAM

PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

HAMISH WAKEFIELD

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

OLIVIA WAKEFIELD

As the wife of a designer, Olivia is trapped in a world of architecture and evolving ideas at home, so it is lucky she is very patient and can appreciate the value of time contributing to good design.

 

As a key member of the HWA team, Olivia maintains the financial health of the business. Olivia is responsible for the culture of HWA being one of inclusiveness and, although juggling a hectic schedule with two busy boys, Olivia often makes time to arrange or be involved in social events, particularly if they involve Pinot Gris!

POSITIONS VACANT

COULD THIS BE YOU?

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

Click here to view our current vacancies. 

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