Design led by research

We believe in-depth research up-front yields the most inspired and robust response. Design By Research involves an extensive and disciplined exploration that balances instinct and insight with thorough understanding and technical expertise. This gives our designers and architects what they need to confidently create the breakthrough ‘big, brave idea’ we seek for every project. This way of working brings great clarity and focus for us and our clients throughout the process and leads to sometimes surprising yet objectively precise answers.

Our Groups

Within Peddlethorp are several dedicated teams with specialised knowledge and expertise. This innovative expert group structure makes us particularly agile and efficient through every stage of a project.

Rangahau ki mua

Our Maori Research Unit, Rangahau ki mua, provides practice-wide advice and direction around kaupapa Māori in the use of tikanga, and Te Reo Māori, and how we can best embed Māori thinking and design into our projects.

The internal working group, our ohu, is led by Derek Kawiti (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) and meets fortnightly to identify opportunities that may inform project-related strategic thinking, and the latest cultural developments in design.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) is a central focus for Rangahau ki mua and forms a benchmark for how we would like to view equity and partnership through the work that we undertake.


Our Production Group is tasked with improving the performance of the practice across several key areas. They maintain consistency of high-quality documentation standards, and drive the continuous improvement in our collective technical education. They oversee the ongoing development of our Revit software library, and the exploration and integration of new technologies.

Site & Science

Our Site and Science group ensures the continuation of Peddlethorp’s legacy of well-constructed, high-quality buildings. This group is focused on adding value and efficiency in material selection, buildability, safety in design, quality assurance and site observation practices.


All of us at Peddlethorp are committed to creating and sustaining a culture and work environment that values, enables and supports diversity and inclusion – for everyone, at all times. We strive to ensure that each one of our people enjoys a full sense of belonging to our whānau.

As a practice, we are proud to have assembled such a highly talented team of design professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. We aspire that all Peddlethorp people are equally valued and respected, and will continue to provide a fair, equitable and mutually supportive working environment for all.


We are 100% committed to sustainable design principles – producing resilient buildings that enhance the wellness of occupants with minimal impact on the environment.

We support the need to lower carbon emissions by working towards a zero-carbon economy to ensure the environment is secured for future generations.

We work with clients and stakeholders to educate, inform, and integrate sustainable design solutions into their projects.

How we

Our approach to Research & Design is collaborative and insightful. We come to each project without preconceptions, and the first thing we do is listen – to our clients, to the end users, and also to what the site and context have to say. And we keep listening. And exploring. And refining.