Paul Dougan

Principal, Napier

B.A. (Hons), Dip Arch (Leics) De Montfort University, UK   

NZ Registered Architect #2051

Associate NZ Institute of Architects – ANZIA

With 35 years’ industry experience, Paul is respected for his integrity and strong work ethic, and is known for getting the best results from contractors and consultants. His designs are characterised by a sense of proportion, and an equal emphasis on form and function.

Paul considers himself fortunate to work on a variety of project types, both in the private and public sectors. A key role on a major hospital project in London set him on a path of working on similar projects elsewhere, and he increased the depth of his knowledge and experience by implementing projects in Saudi Arabia, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wales and Fiji, as well as in the Hawkes Bay.

Among Paul’s more high-profile New Zealand projects are Hawkes Bay Hospital, where he played a key role in consolidating most of Napier/Hastings hospital facilities onto the Hastings site. The complex, multi-stage project was successfully completed below its anticipated cost of $49 million.

A natural off-shoot from the Hawkes Bay Hospital, the Napier Health Centre project received an NZIA Local Architecture Award in the Healthcare and Hospitality Category. This was just one of numerous NZIA, Resene and Art Deco Trust awards Paul has won for healthcare, hospitality, heritage, commercial and education projects.

Paul was also heavily involved in the Napier Intermediate School Redevelopment, a significant upgrade of the school’s facilities to provide flexible learning environments. 

Outside the office, Paul enjoys feeding his passion for travel and the unique experiences it brings, such as motorcycling in North Africa. And when he’s at home, DIY and cycling occupy his spare time.

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