Our Practice

Welcome to Chow:Hill, where design is shaped through connection, collaboration and curiosity.

Chow:Hill Hamilton Team

Shaping Possibilities

Our desire to shape possibilities is the foundation upon which we have grown. Established in 1992, today we are a multidisciplinary design company, with a dedicated staff of registered architects, architectural technicians, landscape architects, urban designers and interior designers.

From our three studios in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau,
Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, and Christchurch/Ōtautahi, we create places with meaning.

Our Approach

Collaboration is the keystone of our approach; we are inspired by all we work with and their goals for the future. Establishing strong partnerships is vital, which is why people are at the heart of our projects.

We’re driven to create environmentally, culturally and economically sustainable outcomes. Our commitment to and respect for sustainable design practices comes from a ‘first principles’ perspective, focusing on future-fit project deliverables.

As a team, we are quietly ambitious with extensive experience and industry recognition for our work. We are proud of each award we receive but know that to design with success, we must continue to work in collaboration with our clients, share ideas, learn from each other, establish partnerships based on trust, and show respect in everything we do.

Forming authentic connections with our clients, communities and the context in which we work – by actively listening, engaging and observing.  Taking the time to authentically understand the unique design challenges and opportunities of a project prior to offering ‘design solutions’.

Bringing an open mind and prioritising a collaborative approach to our project work across all design stages. This includes carefully designing our project processes to facilitate effective communication and the equitable sharing of ideas across the project team.  

Transforming our clients’ vision into reality, via a combination of human centred design, future focused thinking, and commercial awareness. Delivering innovative, inspiring and successful projects that evoke a sense of identity, and genuinely engage with their context and communities.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Our Company Social Responsibility(CSR) framework aims to transparently describe the negative impacts of our activities, while identifying our strategic goals and performance targets.

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Our best designs stem from a collaborative partnership, where challenges and successes are shared, fun and laughter are had, and respect underpins the working relationship. Join our team of inspired designers who look to shape meaning into every project we undertake.

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