Architects 44 focuses on designing built spaces where form, function and enduring aesthetics meet in harmony. These fit-for-life places are where we play, work, learn and cherish in the region we call home, Gisborne Tairawhiti.

The largest architectural practice in the region, Architects 44 (A44) is typical of a provincial community in that it has a broad scope of work and comprehensive service. Its difference lies in the experienced, innovative, collaborative way the A44 team addresses a project’s needs around culture, function and technique.

A44 – set up in 2011 after morphing out of the 1986-established Nicoll Blackburne Architects – is recognised as delivering work of excellence. This is reflected by client feedback, major awards, features in local and national media, and public advocacy. A44 partners Dan King and James Blackburne have both invited to take part in regional awards juries. Graeme was a Master Builders judge for many years.

James is the only New Zealand Institute of Architects Fellow in the Gisborne Tairawhiti region.

At A44, we:

  • listen to you to understand your needs and the needs of those in your world;
    the more information you give us, the better we can create the right fit for you
  • design for form, function and aesthetics
  • adapt and refine the design with your input to unlock the potential of the built space;
    ensure it fits and evolves with your life; and captures the spirit of the site and your life
  • collaborate with you and the right engineering and construction partners
  • guide the project, seamlessly, from concept to completion
  • care about theimpact a building has on people and the environment
  • succeed and cherish the results.