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About Us : Our History

We are innovative designers
recognised for shaping authentic places
and inspiring people.

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Who We Are

For the last 25 years Chow:Hill has maintained a reputation for designing inspiring and sustainable buildings, and places that respond creatively to their context, environment and culture.

Since our formation in 1992 by Chien Chow and Richard Hill, Chow:Hill has followed a path of growth and change. For Chien and Richard, and for those who have come after, the context of this evolution was formed by a set of shared values:

  • an attitude towards the enquiring
  • a passion for doing the best for our clients
  • a desire to reach the potential in all we do.

A broadening into other design disciplines in 2000 marked a departure from the purely architectural design practice of our early years.

Urban design, landscape architecture, health design and interior design extended our capability and capacity to respond to our clients' needs and explore design opportunities in a more comprehensive and meaningful way.

Now over 60 strong with studios in Auckland and Hamilton, we work predominantly in the tertiary learning, healthcare, community living, public realm, commercial, apartment and civic sectors.

We believe great design has the power to transform users into communities, and spaces into places. That’s why we place people - our clients, users and our designers - at the centre of our design process.