Motu Kaikoura by Strachan Group Architects

After many long days working on this special community project, the prefabricated building was shipped to Kaikoura Island late last year. We are very proud that this logistically challenging project is almost complete. Below is a timelapse video of the dismantling and installation of the building, and a couple of images from the island.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, the sponsors: 
APL, Architecture NowBlumBunningsCarter Holt Harvey, Cutshop, Fires by DesignFranklins, Fortress FastenersGIB, Katalog, LightPlanMetalcraftMetro GlassNicks JoineryNZ SteelPlytech, Prime PanelsProclimaPSPReseneRinnaiRosenfield KidsonSika and Spax. 

Thanks also to the builders from from Crate Innovation and JR Hosking Carpenters who helped us out along the way. But thank you mostly to the 16 courageous women of the SGA Workshop x A+W NZ build programme whose hard work and determination led to the realisation of this project.

We're Hiring!! by Strachan Group Architects

If you're a talented architectural graduate with a bit of experience under your belt you might be just the person we're looking for. Don't miss this chance to join a great team creating award winning contemporary architecture.

For a full job description visit the NZIA website here.

Applications can be sent to


Best Awards 2017 by Strachan Group Architects

We are thrilled to have received two gold awards at the Best Awards evening last Friday. 339 and our studio both took out awards in the spatial category!

The Best Awards are run by The Designers Institute New Zealand and celebrate excellence in graphic, spatial, interactive and motion design.

The NZIA festival of Architecture by Strachan Group Architects

The festival of Architecture is now in it's final week, but there's still lots of exiting events to attend. Members of the SGA team are involved in various talks and discussions happening this week. 

The first is Tikanga Maori in Architecture, tomorrow morning, bright and early at 7am, five emerging architectural practitioners, including Hana Scott will discuss a growing bi-cultural approach and the integration of Maori values into architecture.

Tomorrow evening Maria Hosking joins a group of architects and designers for a quick six minute presentation on the collaborative prefabrication project with Architecture+Women.

Finally on Saturday afternoon the Architects' Studios presentation is an informal discussion about different studios approaches to architecture. Fritha Hobbs will be there to discuss SGA's architectural attitudes.

Open Studio by Strachan Group Architects

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This Saturday from 11-2 our studio will be welcoming visitors for coffee and scones as part of the festival of architecture's Architects' Studio event. This is a great chance to have a look around our office and learn about the architectural process, or just pop in and say hi!

The workshop downstairs will be busy with Motu Kaikoura build, so you can observe the building process too.

Motu Kaikoura Building Workshop by Strachan Group Architects

The Motu Kaikoura Building Workshop is well underway with a wonderful group of architects building a new community hub for Kaikoura Island off Great Barrier.

SGA, in association with Architecture + Women are facilitating this construction education programme. The majority of the new building is being pre-fabricated in the SGA workshop, and will replace a building which was destroyed by arson in 2013. If you're interested in helping out, the Motu Kaikoura trust has started a give a little page.

Here are a few photos of the progress and learning so far.....

Thanks to all of the generous sponsors for supporting this great community project.   

Thanks to all of the generous sponsors for supporting this great community project.