Exploring the future with the Microsoft Hololens Augmented Reality device - part of one of our Futurelab research projects.  Photo by Joe Hockley

Exploring the future with the Microsoft Hololens Augmented Reality device - part of one of our Futurelab research projects.  Photo by Joe Hockley

 We are environmentally conscientious and tech savvy architects, designers and artists who aim to deliver innovative and enduring designs. Our primary motivation is to create experiences and spaces that bring beauty and joy to our lives.

We are an emerging award winning practice with project experience in New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Australia and USA. We carry out Residential, Cultural, Educational, Installation, Commercial, and Sustainable Design, of which we can carry out independently or collaboratively with other practices. We provide a wide range of services including full architectural and design services.  Other services include but are not limited to: future scenario exploration and visualisation and creative advisory  services for events and services and general critique. 

We are an ideas driven practice who believe that understanding both physically and philosophically, the accelerating pace of change and the increasing overlap between design and technology is important to our ability to imagine spaces and experiences that are more attuned to our future needs and way of life. We have created 'Futurelab' to focus on future focused issues and solutions. Our focus on both sustainability and innovation drives us towards designs that are both pioneering and enduring. Atelier Aitken won the Best in Bespoke Design Award for the Global Corporate Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Founding Director, Jo Aitken, leads a team of talented architectural and creative professionals. She spent some years working in Paris, where she worked as a collaborator with top French Architect, Jean Nouvel, and top Austrian Architect, Dietmar Feichtinger.  Since returning to New Zealand, Jo has been working on the design and delivery of a number of public, commercial and residential projects. These have been carried out both independently and collaboratively, including a four year collaboration with New Zealand Architect, Andrew Patterson. 

As a New Zealand based architect who is passionate about improving our lives through design, she is Head of Design Advocacy for the New Zealand Institute of Architects in Auckland, a regular Guest Critic at the University of Auckland and has judged the New Zealand Interior Awards and A+W Awards. 

Key projects that Jo has designed and/or led over the last 15 years have won various Architectural Awards including the New Zealand Gold Medal,  the Asia Pacific Public Service Award and World Architecture Awards Finalist.  Jo also received the Most Inspired Architect Award at the 48hr Redesign Christchurch Post Earthquake Challenge and an AAA Visionary Architecture Cavalier Bremworth Award. 

Photograph of Founding Director, Jo Aitken, by Meek for Metro Magazine 2016

Photograph of Founding Director, Jo Aitken, by Meek for Metro Magazine 2016

We have found her to be creative, professional, helpful and cost-conscious. Jo will come up with a very creative concept and then work with you to make it suit your functional requirements, as well as keeping it beautiful. She is very focused on delivering on time and is meticulous regarding detail. Jo is a delight to work with and we would happily recommend her to potential clients
— Kevin Chapman - President of Publishers Association New Zealand (Former Role) Director of Upstart Press (Current Role)
‘Jo is such a talent. We were blown away by her previous projects (both residential & commercial) so were very excited to have her on board to create a beach & farm holiday retreat for our family. Initially we considered a pre-fabricated building and Jo was very responsive to this idea, coming up with a creative, innovative and detailed concept that really fulfilled our brief. Unfortunately we were unable to go ahead with pre-fabrication however the underlying ideas and concept drawings were very much what we envisioned and would still work well with a traditional build.
We love the clever, subtle design features Jo comes up with - features we would never have thought of but which will really make a difference to the look and feel of the house. Her attention to detail with her designs is second to none and all the proposals and concept drawings were so well presented, really bringing the designs to life.
She is always open to our ideas & suggestions (and ever changing minds) and is able to interpret these ideas into concrete creation.
We have really enjoyed our planning sessions with Jo, seeing the original concept really evolve and we can’t wait to enter the next phase with the build due to begin in March!’
— Melanie and Paul Thomson (Inzone Industries and Smart Energy Solutions)
I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and was in awe of your amazing work and how you handled, with such equanimity, some very difficult situations. You are a real pro and you really did create magic for us, so a great big thank you.
— Michelle Tayler - Head of Communications for Ministry of Culture and Heritage (Former Role) Communications for Human Rights Commission (Current Role)
Jo and her team at Atelier Aitken are very talented and a pleasure to work with and we have no hesitation in recommending them. Jo first designed us a stunning residential apartment in Seattle, followed by a winter cabin in Snoqualmie, USA.  We absolutely love our home, which saw the transformation of dark 200sqm space into a beautiful, light filled, contemporary home that is fantastic for entertaining both our friends, and our adventurous toddler. She will carefully work with your brief while surprising you with ideas that often become the best feature of the home. Continuing our creative journey with Atelier Aitken, we are now working collaboratively on some exciting commercial projects.
— Eric Swift (General Manager, Commercial Lead, Microsoft Australia) and Danica Swift (WW Business Management Lead, WW Consumer Channel, Microsoft Global)
Testing out our green screen in our studio

Testing out our green screen in our studio

Sometimes the best way to create new structures is to go back to hand folded paper models!

Sometimes the best way to create new structures is to go back to hand folded paper models!