Paterson Architecture Collective

478 Karangahape Road,
Auckland, NZ

09 973 ...

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Collaborate — Design — Construct

Paterson Architecture Collective is an ideas-driven design office, committed to intellectual and artistic rigour, and fueled by a strong commitment to realising ideas in the world. We believe a thoughtful and inclusive approach to design, which puts people at the heart of any potential solution, is the key to compelling and positive architecture.

Through our relationships with inter-related disciplines – furniture, art, landscape, academia – we can create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. We are open to unconventional propositions.


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Aaron Paterson

From community buildings, houses, hospitality and commercial spaces and even the Giraffe House at The Auckland Zoo, Aaron Paterson has designed an extensive and diverse range of buildings. In the field of residential architecture, both multi-unit housing and single dwellings, Aaron is widely recognised – as well as widely published and awarded – for his architectural insight and acumen. In 2013, the Lake Hawea courtyard house received a New Zealand Architecture Award before going on to be shortlisted for the prestigious New Zealand Architecture Medal – a distinction given to the best building in new Zealand. The S-House has also been the recipient of a New Zealand Architecture Award – recognition of design at the highest level. Aaron holds first class honours degrees in architecture and arts from the University of Auckland. He is a regular design and architectural media tutor at The University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and a regular contributor to architectural publications. Aaron’s naturally positive approach to architecture is a central part of the P-A-C ethos.

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Sarosh Mulla

Sarosh Mulla has a wide array of experience in residential architecture, and specific experience in heritage and civic architecture projects. Sarosh graduated at the top of his class from The University of Auckland in 2008 and has led projects awarded by both the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Designers Institute of New Zealand. He has recently completed a PhD in Architecture by Practice at The University of Auckland, where he was a Doctoral Scholar. Sarosh has a passion for unusual projects that require innovative solutions. His projects with the design collective OH.NO.SUMO, and his teaching practice at both The University of Auckland and AUT University, have focused on creating immersive architectural experiences that improve people’s lives.

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Liz Tjahjana

Liz Tjahjana is a Registered Architect who possesses a thoughtful approach to design in all its forms. Liz's highly developed architectural drafting and visualisation capabilities have been applied to a number of successful residential and hospitality projects. Coupled with her extensive product knowledge and discerning taste, Liz’s skills allow her to provide clients with an exemplary design service. Liz holds a M.Arch (prof) degree with first class honours from The University of Auckland. She is also a regular visiting architectural critic at the University, and maintains an extended involvement with architecture and academia through participation in international conferences. Liz has an eye for detail and this also comes through in the design and manufacturing of her own bespoke pieces of jewellery.

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Patrick Loo

Patrick Loo is a registered architect and acclaimed designer. He brings with him a strong knowledge of architecture at a larger scale having worked extensively on the design of tertiary educational facilities such as the AUT Sir Paul Reeves building, and civic buildings like the Auckland City Rail Link stations. He is also committed to helping develop and support future designers through his on-going engagement as a design tutor and critic at the University of Auckland, School of Architecture.
In addition to this, Patrick is also very experienced in the intricacies of small-scale architecture. As a founding member of the experimental design collective OH.NO.SUMO. he has designed, constructed and delivered many highly successful interactive spatial installations. These include Stairway Cinema, Cupcake Pavilion and Paper Sky, all of which received Best Awards from the Designers Institute of New Zealand.


Mark Taucher

Mark Taucher is a registered architect with extensive commercial and residential architectural experience. Technically rigorous and naturally organised, Mark’s abilities in the design and management of award-winning residential projects have earnt him a reputation as a highly skilled and professional architect that both clients and builders love working with. Mark holds a B.Arch (Hons) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Business, Quality Management, from The University of Auckland. His detailed knowledge of the construction process and building information modelling allow him to deliver complex projects with confidence.


Steven Lloyd

Steven Lloyd is a registered architect with extensive residential experience and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of fine architectural detailing. Steven is practical, academic and design focused – a rare combination of qualities that enables him to achieve design solutions with a singular finesse. Steven’s projects are notable for their precision and intellectual rigour. He holds both NZCD and B.Arch qualifications and is a regular design tutor at The University of Auckland, where he supervises postgraduate architectural research.

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Ryan Mahon

Ryan Mahon has been a part of the P-A-C team since November 2015 and has specific experience in design, model making and research. He is also currently studying towards a Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Design at the University of Auckland which has allowed him to pursue an interest in the built environment at vast range of scales. Here he has found that his urban scale thinking has been complemented by his experience in working on smaller creative problems. These have included the design and fabrication of intricate installations such as his winning entry to the 2016 Brick Bay Folly competition. Ryan's construction experience also comes from his work on the Longbush Welcome Shelter. In addition to these practical concerns, Ryan is interested in architectural writing as both a design and journalistic tool. A number of his pieces have been published in Architecture New Zealand and online by ArchitectureNow.

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Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh completed her Masters of Architecture studies at the University of Auckland with first class honors in 2014. Since joining the PAC team in 2016, she has been involved in a range of projects ranging from small-scale residential, multi housing developments and small-scale civic architecture installation projects. She is a valuable member of the PAC team with a keen eye for detail and looks forward to honing her skills in BIM modeling, technical detailing, documentation along with 2D and 3D presentation work.
Kim is also a regular design tutor and critic at the University of Auckland Architecture School and has a strong interest in research. She is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and the city and the role that architecture plays to promoting the social and cultural potentials within the urban context.

“I don’t usually get excited about architecture... but looking at the house now and seeing the ways it fits so well on the contours of the land, it still makes me feel excited.”
— Client, Lake Hawea Courtyard House

“S House...more villain than villa”
— Michael Barrett, Interior magazine, S House

“A serpent in the garden of Mount Eden”
— John Walsh, Big House Small House

“The architects can be congratulated not just for designing a giraffe boudoir but for adding a formal metaphor for sexual intercourse to our repertoire of architectural language.”
— Bill McKay, Giraffe House

“[The design team made] inventive use of the intersecting roof forms and the skillful play of scale between giraffe and human-sized elements.”
— 2013 Auckland Architecture Awards jury, Giraffe House


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