Almost 30 years experience takes us forward

Architect - Interior - Project Management - Town Planning

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ARTO Architects are an 'NZIA Practice' that abides by the NZIA Professional Code of Conduct and ‘Best Practice Guidelines’. We use NZIA contractual documentation and Quality Assurance System. Professional staff regularly attend registered CPD programs.

ARTO Architects have been established since 1990 and have offices in Rotorua, Hamilton and Whangarei. We have an experienced, professional and technical team, making us one of the largest architectural practices in the Bay of Plenty/Waikato. We have a wide range of experience at various levels on many different types of project.

Our team

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    Roger Willard

    Director of the Rotorua Office/ Principal Architect / Project Manager / Town Planner

    Registered Architect, DipArch [Oxford], Dipl. TP [Oxford], Fellow NZIA, MNZPI

    Roger founded Architects Planners Resource Managers Ltd (later known as the APR group, now trading as ARTO Architects) in 1990. Roger built up the practice from its inception to one of the Waikato / Bay of Plenty’s largest architectural practices.

    He has 53 years’ experience, of which 31 years were gained in New Zealand. Roger has 22 years’ international experience as an architect, town planner and project manager often involving the leadership of large multi-disciplinary teams on significant large projects.

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    Peter Hunt

    Director of the Hamilton Office / Principal Architect

    B.Arch. B Build, AArb. ANZIA

    Peter joined ARTO Architects as a Director in 2015. Peter is a New Zealand registered architect with 33 years’ experience of which 18 years were gained in New Zealand. He has a remarkable record and vast architectural and project managemant experience in security related projects, such as police and correctional facilities, defence contracts, justice projects and banks (where attention to detail is critical).

    Peter also has experience in education and tertiary education projects, commercial projects, retail facilities, residential and hospitality projects.

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    Claire Furlong

    Director of the Whangarei Office /' Principil Archiect

    Architect (UK Registered) NZ LPB Licensed

    Claire has 10 years’ experience as a Senior Project Architect in New Zealand, undertaking numerous residential and educational projects throughout Northland. Previously, she worked for 15 years in the UK on a significant number of education and commercial projects, including major theatre and university buildings.

    Claire undertakes projects from their inception through feasibility, design, construction and hand-over to client. Her current workload includes school modernisation works and passive solar housing.

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    Eldad Collins

    Resource Management Planner

    After completing a Bachelor of Tourism Management, specialising in planning, Eldad joined the ARTO team in 1999, as a resource management planner.

    Eldad’s key roles include environmental analysis, the preparation of resource consent applications, managing consulting processes, managing large scale planning applications and presenting technical evidence at planning hearings. Eldad’s role is essentially helping developers, businesses and anyone interacting with the Resource Management Act 1991, to achieve their goals as quickly as possible at minimum cost.

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    Sarah Bullock

    Senior Architectural Technician

    Sarah joined ARTO in 2004 after completing National Certificates in Interior Design, Design and CAD Design. With more than 13 years’ experience, Sarah brings significant industry knowledge to ARTO and the projects she works on, providing a sound knowledge of construction detailing and code requirements to complement out designs

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    Felipe Boff

    Practice Manager / Accounts

    Felipe has over 10 years’ experience in Business and Administration and has worked in different roles as a Manager, Accountant Assistant and Supervisor. He has experience in three different countries, an excellent track record and extensive knowledge in finances and management.

    Felipe runs a ’tight ship’ at ARTO, that is not only sustainable but also profitable, while ensuring that quality services to clients are maintained.

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    Fern Cairns

    Project Manager

    Architectural Technician

    After completing the National Diploma of Architectural Technology, Fern joined ARTO Architects in 2010. Fern currently manages our contract with the Ministry of Health from our Hamilton office for providing accessible housing to their clients. Fern brings to our projects a sound knowlegde of construction and code requirements.

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    Manju Bala

    Graduate Architect

    Manju joined ARTO Architects in the Hamilton office in 2014 after completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining ARTO’s team she worked in Sri Lanka as an architectural apprentice, which enhanced her experience in draughting and construction design. Manju has practical experience gained in Melbourne, Australia where she worked in a store specialising in Japanese and Chinese antique furniture restoration.

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    Pam Rossiter

    Senior Architectural Technician

    Pam has been involved in the Construction Industry since 1984 and holds a National Diploma in Architectural Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology in Education (applied eLearning) and has written learning material for the NZ Dipartment in Archiectural Technology. Pam experience and specialist knowledge of CAD systems provides sound leadership for our technical team. In her third year of employment with ARTO, her role involves accessible design, construction detailing, and CAD draughting. Pam has 13 years’ experience as a lecturer at Diploma level and her role at ARTO currently includes writing learning material for the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology.

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    Jan Ferber

    Architect (German Registered) / Technician

    Jan became part of ARTO’s team in Rotorua in 2016. He studied architecture at the Technical University Delft Netherlands and graduated with a Diploma of Engineering in Architecture from Berlin University. He has been registered as an Architect in Germany since 2002.

    Jan has over 19 years’ experience in a wide range of projects from commercial and residential to museums and ran his own business for over 8 years in Germany.

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    Graham Johnstone

    Senior Architect (NZ registered) B.Arch (Hons), ANZIA

    Graham joined ARTO in 2016, bringing 17 year’s architectural experience and 14 years building experience to the role. Graham has considerable experience in aged care & a retirement village design, education, police and correctional facilities, a museum & an art gallery, and numerous residential projects, from project initiation to project completion. Grahams conbination of trade, technical and professional skills, and training is unique and ensures a very rounded and knowledgable approuch to his projects.

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    Gareth Mitchell

    Architectural Technician

    Gareth joined the ARTO team in 2016. Gareth has a National Diploma in Architectural Technology through Wintec. Since he graduated, Gareth has worked on residential and commercial projects in New Zealand and subsequently spent 2 years working as a sole proprietor focused on Hospitality Designs from “Fit-outs” to “re-builds” and 3D modelling in Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

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    Gwen Ras

    Project Manager

    Gwen recently joined ARTO as a Project Manager in our Whangarei Office. Gwen is a PRINZ Accredited Public Relations Practitioner and tertiary qualified in communications management, with almost 20 years’ international experience in supporting the public image of businesses and community organizations. Gwen’s strengths lie in the operational field of project planning, business development and event organization.

    Originally from the Netherlands, Gwen moved to New Zealand with her family in 2006. In partnership with her husband, they have established a successful home improvement business and are actively involved in the local business community.

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    Tammy Amorim Victorino

    Architectural Graduate

    Tammy Graduated in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Vale do Itajai in Brazil. Tammy joined ARTO Architects in 2016 as a voluntary worker, and after gaining some New Zealand experience became an employee in 2017. With over four years’ experience in Brazil, Tammy worked as an apprentice in different architectural offices, providing her with experience in draughting, sustainability, landscaping and interior design.

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    Haydn Smith

    Architectural Designer
    B. Arch

    After completing his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Queensland at the end of 2015, Haydn joined ARTO Architects in 2016 as an Architectural Designer, where he assists with design and CAD draughting and 3D imaging across a wide range of projects.


Cost Control

We focus very strongly on costing our design solutions such that client’s budgetary requirements are met. This will typically produce a quality design that is affordable, with tight budgets often producing the most innovative designs, as occurred recently with the new WIT Recreation Centre where budget constraints led to a state of the art design that was tendered at less than 1% below our estimate and the client’s budget.

It is imperative that all design decisions are properly cost controlled, unless the client advises otherwise. Thus once a project budget is established and linked to a particular development proposal we would then use this to establish cost control guidelines for the projects’ detailed design. During the design and documentation stages the detailed cost estimate would be continuously checked and refined.

The vast majority of our projects have been to very tight budgets. We firmly believe that this is no impediment to good design. In fact clever thinking can result in significant construction costs savings. We prefer to work in a fashion that enables us to develop designs that are cost efficient innovative (where appropriate), sustainable and effective. This usually requires a vigorous and consultative design process, good team work, experience and efficient financial control.

Using QV Cost Builder online we have developed a process for creating accurate project cost estimates which are undertaken to a high degree of detail, on a measured elemental basis, that normally results in a plus or minus 10% degree of accuracy (our most recent tenders have indicated a closer than 1% degree of accuracy).

Once the design is complete we maintain the cost control process through the construction phase, where we apply a detailed cost control procedure that tracks and records all variations, which are tabulated to a format that serves to keep our clients informed, but primarily works as an effective tool that facilitates the process of bringing the project to completion within budget.

Technical Resources

Our office systems are designed to maximise quality and production efficiency. All design work and construction drawings are produced using the Vectorworks CAD draghting system. We also use the Microsoft Office suite and other appropriate software for Project Management & Scheduling, Spatial Relationship Analysis, Graphics, Word Processing, Data Handling and Analysis, Desk Top Publishing and Communications.

We have a range of large and standard format colour and monochrome plotters and printers that give us the capability to produce high quality glossy colour images and illustrations. All construction drawings are produced in colour to aid client and contractor comprehension. Our CAD programmes are 3D model based and have full walk through/fly over and video capability.

Masterspec software is used to assist in preparation of construction specifications thus ensuring that our documentation is code complying, references appropriate standards and is current and comprehensive. All offices are networked with e-mail, Skype and Pro-workflow (which is accessible on line to our clients for continuous project progress updates).

Project Schedules

We have several computer programmes to assist our project management work but mainly rely upon MS Project. This programme enables the efficient development of both Gantt (Bar) and PERT (Critical Path) charts. These charts can be resource loaded if required. Typically the critical path chart facilitates the close monitoring of project progress and the ready identification of ‘pressure’ points that could result in a delay.

What we do


  • Architecture Design
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design


  • Project Management
  • Cost Engineering
  • Property Surveys


  • 3D Renders
  • Model Making
  • Graphics