We are an emerging award winning practice with project experience in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, 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. This year we have been named the Game Changers Most innovative Studio and were finalists for our future focused designs in both 2018 and 2017 at the esteemed Tech event, South by South-West (SXSW) in the US. 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. She has since been based between Auckland, London and Copenhagen where she has been worked on the design and delivery of a number of public, cultural, commercial and residential projects. These have been carried out both independently and collaboratively in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, UK, Asia and USA.
As an 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 A+W Awards and New Zealand Interior Awards.
Key projects that Jo has designed and/or led have won various Architectural Awards including the Asia Pacific Public Service Award, World Architecture Awards Finalist and New Zealand Gold Medal. This year Jo was awarded the Gamechanger award for innovative work.