Practice Profile: Curtis Architecture

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Casey Curtis launched Curtis Architecture in 2017 with her husband Adam. In only a few short years, the business has grown to a team of five, with more growth planned for 2019. A mother of two small children and a business owner, Casey is proud to stand aside more and more young women making a mark in the New Zealand architecture industry. This week Defign sat down with Casey to find out how she manages to juggle it all, what defines her design style and about her aspirations for the future of her practice and career.

Practice Profile: DF Design

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DF Design is a sustainable architecture firm based in Raglan. It was founded a decade ago by Director Daniel Friedrich. Originally from Germany, Daniel brings an insight of European design principles, a deep appreciation of nature and the benefits of high performing, energy efficient homes to all his projects. Defign sat down with Daniel to find out more about his design style and what makes him tick…

Q & A with Gregory Watts

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Defign recently sat down with Gregory Watts, the new Chief Executive Officer of Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) to find out what drew him to ADNZ, his first impressions of the New Zealand architecture industry and why ADNZ has an important role to play in helping more kiwi families into their first homes. Gregory has a diverse background and has held leadership roles within several organisations in New Zealand and abroad.

A film festival favourite

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Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the greatest ever American architect. In Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America, we go on a journey to find out how he earned this title. We get to know his most well-known and loved buildings, how they were conceived and how they work. We also uncover his life, his family and how his Welsh roots shaped him and his work.

On the world stage

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You will have seen this Puhoi bach before. In 2017 it captured the imagination of the world. A viral sensation, the home has been viewed on social media channels like Archipro and ADNZ close to a million times. It was featured on Seven Sharp,, and many more international architecture and lifestyle publications. It was also a 2017 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award winner. As a result of the design’s popularity, the designer received several hundred enquiries both locally and off-shore. In today’s Defign blog we explore how he handled the subsequent media attention, project enquiry and his advice to any designers looking to reap the benefits of an award win.