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Top TEAM efforts recognised at NZIA local awards

Last updated:

24 Jun 2024

It’s been a successful season for our studios across the country, with a number of projects being recognised in the 2024 NZIA Local Architecture Awards.

TEAM Architects Auckland were a winner at the Auckland Architecture Awards with their ambitious civic project, Te Iwitahi — Whangārei Civic Centre. The centre centralises a number of civic functions into one building and, both literally and metaphorically, brings transparency to local democratic functions. By working closely with local hapu and rōpū kaumātua, TEAM Auckland produced a building that reflects universal themes and a strong tikanga Māori narrative. It has proven extremely popular with the community and the people who work within it.

At the Southern Architecture Awards, two TEAM Architects Dunedin projects were crowned winners. Their Columba College Boarding Village won in the Education category, with judges describing it as “modest and perfectly formed”. This residential-scale village, filled with light and warmth, serves as a home away from home for the school’s boarding students.

TEAM Dunedin’s second win was in the Interior Architecture category for Intus, a specialist healthcare facility inside a repurposed commercial building in central Dunedin. Designed with soft curves and natural light to ease the journey through from arrival to treatment to recovery, the project has had a profoundly positive impact on both patients and staff.


Three projects featured at the Western Architecture Awards, earning accolades for TEAM Architects New Plymouth. Their Baring Terrace House, a sophisticated family home on a difficult urban site, won in the Housing category and was praised for its expert spatial planning. This project also picked up a Resene Colour Award.

Ko Tamawāhine, a modern and aspirational wharekai designed to honour the past and inspire the future, won in the Public Architecture category. Judges highlighted its sympathetic relationship to the other buildings on Owae marae in Waitara, and its well resolved functionality.

The third Western winner, in the Small Project Architecture category, was TEAM’s Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae Canopy. This project, while small, has had a big impact for iwi Ngāti Muru’s marae at Tarata, on the banks of the Waitara River. As the first step in a larger development plan, it’s a clear and proud statement of intent for the future.

Across the TEAM Architects group, we’re extremely proud to see our projects making an impact in a broad range of categories. Congratulations to the project teams on each of these deserving winners.

You can read the judges’ comments on each project at the links below:

Te Iwitahi - Whangārei Civic Centre

Columba College Boarding Village


Baring Terrace House

Ko Tamawāhine

Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae Canopy

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