Our architectural practice is humble however operates with confidence because we are experienced in a variety of building types and styles with a proven track record. Our projects vary from Otago to Central Otago, Southland and Canterbury and wider afield than New Zealand to Australia, Fiji and France. Every project is unique and emerges out of a specific client brief, budget and site that we may challenge and offer options if we consider there is a need to think deeper before proceeding further. These considerations inform the design and build process where our experience on projects to create that point of difference is more likely to be achieve with our valued professional guidance and expertise assisting you as with our many prior clients.
We have been collaborating with our clients, consultants, contractors and councils to provide excellence by offering our trusted experience, innovation and professional guidance to all aspects of a project with vision, planning, documentation, contracts, construction, interior fit out, landscaping and project management from concept to completion as a full project approach under sole leadership to get the best outcome. We know that each project brings different client requirements and that our response can be to guide that project through a collaborative process to success, whether it is small or large, simple or complex with us as your design lead. The end result is to create inspirational spaces with architecture that could meet and exceed the client and public expectation and be fully in context with the natural and built environment.
Our practice is green minded and actively incorporates innovative sustainable design and construction with an environmental awareness that can contribute to our future. We support ethical and sustainable practices. We believe our architecture can reflect who our clients are and their aspirations. With the experience of Gary leading the team, we specialise mainly in new or altered residential or commercial projects. We have been involved in over 1000 building projects over more than 25 years and have been acknowledged by over 90 New Zealand Architectural Design Awards in the process which is testament to the quality that you can expect given to each project.
“You have given us what we did not know we wanted."
Gary is a multi-award-winning architect and designer with 40 years of experience of design and project managing the build, interior fit-out and landscaping of inspiring projects predominately in New Zealand. Gary personally leads all projects with the client and controls all projects and the Wanaka Office. Gary promotes respect of our heritage which can be juxtaposed with new minimalist architecture.
Gary designs on a case by case basis to provide site specific solutions that respond to the aspirations of the client to enhance their life and the surrounding environment. Gary seeks to create places in context and in scale that contribute to our well-being now and in the future either by adaptive reuse or new modern architecture.
NZIA Registered Architect (2013)
ADNZ Professional Member (1998)
Krystene started the company with Gary as Gary Todd Design in 1993 which was changed to Gary Todd Architecture in 2009 to better illustrate our change in focus. Krystene is the Office Manager with skills to handle all client accounts, staff administration and staff management for our architectural practice.
Dip. Teaching (1980)
Jaime joined Gary Todd Architecture in 2005 and is very experienced with a wide range of skills in preparing resource consent, building consent and contract documentation for all projects. Jaime assists Gary to quality check projects plus mentor staff members in our architectural practice from the Dunedin office.
N.Z.C.D. (Arch) (2005)
Courtney joined Gary Todd Architecture in 2017 and has run the Christchurch office for the past 2 years. Courtney was formerly with Athfield Architects for 4 years prior to changing to specialise in Residential Architecture. Courtney is skilled in Revit and 3D BIM modelling, building consent documentation and interior architectural design.
N.Z.C.D. (Arch) (2013)
Matthew joined Gary Todd Architecture in 2017 after graduating with Masters in Architecture from Victoria University. Matthew is skilled in preparing concept design drawings, 3D models, presentation drawings, resource consent and building consent documentation, interior design and construction detailing from the Dunedin office.
M.Arch (prof) (2016)
Peter & Belinda Blaxland
"What we really liked about Gary was he listened to our thoughts and comments and took great pains to encompass them in the design. We were also fortunate that we were not in a mad hurry to start building. We wanted everything to be just right, so we visited Gary on another 3 or 4 occasions during the year before we were all very happy with the final design. One interesting comment Gary did make, he wanted the whole experience of design and build to be enjoyable, and I have to tell you… it has been."
John & Pamela Farry
"We are now settled in our new home and felt we should write and thank you and your team for your planning and design work on this award-winning project. As you are well aware, the house site was difficult being narrow and steep however it enjoyed panoramic views of the city and coast line, which we wanted to utilise. Your design has succeeded in maximising the view while creating a light and airy atmosphere which is constantly bathed in sunlight. We thank you for listening carefully to our requirements and suggestions and producing plans accordingly. We are delighted with the end result!"
Stephen & Gail Higgs
"Gary understood our needs and tastes well. He listened well to our design ideas and practical needs, while also showing a real enthusiasm for architectural design flair of his own to bring to the project. Gary has worked with us on homes from traditional to contemporary styling and his breadth of design and project management skills ensured that we have been very satisfied clients every time. We are very happy to recommend Gary and Gary Todd Architecture Ltd to anyone considering designing and building a new home."
Rick & Lynnette McKenzie
"We have everything in our home that we wished for and more. It functions beyond our expectations and is aesthetically beautiful. We feel very fortunate to have found Gary and would certainly work with him again. Gary made the process easy, helped us make wise decisions and designed an even better home than we had expected. We wholeheartedly recommend Gary and his team."
Phillip & Gianna Di Bella
“When any of our friends visit the home they are amazed at how many special features you have incorporated into the design, from the rooftop terrace overlooking Queenstown Hill, to the living green walls in the foyer, to the glass wine cellar, to the spa overlooking the waterfall that cascades through the home. You have brought to life our truly beautiful home that we worked hard to own”.