Principal, Dougan Larkworthy Team Architects Ltd, Napier
B Arch (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington
Registered Architect #2348
Robin has more than 35 years’ architectural practice experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in practice formats ranging from sole charge to large-scale design firms.
His work experience spans almost every area of design, from large-scale housing projects and grand individual homes to large-format retail, commercial office, education, local authority and national institutional projects. His most notable projects include the new hall, administration block, gymnasium and classrooms for New Zealand’s largest school, Rangitoto College; significant NZ Police projects around the Auckland region; London housing ‘urban renewal’ projects including the Surrey Quays Docklands and infill housing, and many one-off homes in New Zealand. Robin has also designed shopping centres, offices, factories and warehouse in both the UK and New Zealand.
Robin spent the first seven years of his career working in the UK, gaining valuable experience at design firms Sheppard Robson, RJ-JM and CZWG Architects, leaders in British architecture. On his return to New Zealand, Robin worked in Auckland for 14 years before moving back to the Hawke’s Bay with his family in 2003. He joined Dougan Larkworthy Team Architects in 2015.
Clear communication, honesty and collaboration are the hallmarks of Robin’s design approach. Highly proficient in construction documentation, his most successful projects have been the result of a collaborative approach to project delivery and the development of robust, enduring relationships.
Robin’s current interest is in environmentally sustainable design principals and working to mitigate the effects of climate change through the built environment.
Outside of work, Robin is a keen runner who has clocked up 27 finishes in the Rotorua Marathon! He was Course Director for the BMW Auckland Marathon for 10 years, and has a passion for cricket.