Peter Diprose Architect will seek to create a design to match your personal requirements and tastes rather than impose a predetermined practice style on the outcome. Our aim is to find a quality design solution responsive to your brief which is imbued with a sense of human scale and proportion; together with the fine qualities of space, form, light, and materiality.

While we have extensive experience in designing quality residential buildings and landscapes in urban and rural settings, we also undertake design of retail, hospitality, education and commercial and civic architecture and developments, and have expertise in creating ecologically sensitive architecture and sustainability consultancy. All staff are computer literate and utilise 3-D computer models to test design ideas and create presentations and construction documents.

Dr Peter Diprose


Graduating as most distinguished student in the Faculty of Architecture, Property and Planning, Peter Diprose went on to gain a University Scholarship to study for his PhD in Architecture.

Upon graduating he was awarded the University of Auckland PhD Prize for best PhD in the Faculty of Architecture, Property, Planning and Fine Arts.

Since graduating Peter balanced his time between architectural practice in Whitford and teaching/research. Peter has taught architectural design at the University of Auckland and lectured in landscape architecture at Unitec.

Peter became a Registered Architect in 1997, and since then he has devoted his energy and enthusiasm to architectural practice producing finely crafted buildings, and more specifically to the integrated and sympathetic design of landscapes and architecture. Peter is committed to good design and a good working partnership with client and contractor.

Peter is past chairperson of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Environment Task Group and was involved in writing and reviewing the NZIA Environmental Policy


Robert holds double Masters degrees in Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture from University of Berkeley California, and is a Registered Architect (AIA) and Landscape Architect (ANZILA). He has been a guest “Professeur Associe” in Paris, and was formerly a Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland. Robert has worked with Peter for 10 years, collaborating on integrated designs for architecture and landscape, and a number of internationally published articles related to design, film, visualisation and vicarious landscapes. He continues to develop sustainable alternatives in eco-living community projects. Robert is involved with publications, design and peer review.

Robert (Left) and Peter (Right)

Peter Diprose : Qualifications Prizes and Awards

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Bachelor of Architecture,
Master of Architecture on design processes
PhD on building form and the architectural implications of sustainability

Academic Awards
The New Zealand Fibre Glass Travel Scholarship  for “most progress in Postgraduate research in Architecture”
The Fowlds Prize as “most distinguished student in the Faculty of Architecture Property and Planning”
University of Auckland PhD Prize awarded for best PhD in the Faculty of Architecture, Property, Planning and Fine Arts

Design Competitions Prizes and Awards
Winner and First Prize: Carter Holt Harvey National Environmental Design Award.
Winner and First Prize: The International Student Competition for Passive Low Energy Architecture
Runner up: Wellington City Council Ecohouse Design Competition
Merit Award: Levene Urban Gaze Design Competition
Runner up: Wiri Design Competition “Beyond the Suburban House”, (in conjunction with Antonious Peters
Winner of the Waitakere Ecohome (Invited) Competition as Green Design with Paul Heather
Exhibited in the La Biennale di Venezia : City for the Third Millenium (Design with Robert Hotten )

Green Star NZ Accredited Professional Training L1 and L2

Prefab NZ Member