Almost 30 years experience takes us forward

Architect - Interior - Project Management - Town Planning

ARTO Architects Ltd 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, Christchurch and Whangarei with contract staff in Auckland. We currently have a 16 person professional team and the larger architect's 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

    Principal Architect / Project Manager / Town Planner

    Registered Architect, DipArch(Oxford, Fellow NZIA, MNZPI

    Since 1990, Roger has been the Managing Director of APR Architectural Department building it up from its inception to one of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty’s largest practices. Since 2016 the practice has been renamed ARTO Architects

    He has 12 years international experience as an architect, town planner and project manager often involving the leadership of large multi disciplinary teams on significant very large projects.

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    Peter Hunt

    Principal Architect

    B.Arch. (NZ Registered)/ ANZIA

    Peter Joined ARTO Architects as a Director in 2016. 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 experience in security related projects, such as Police facilities, Correctional facilities, Defense contracts, Justice projects and Banks (where attention to detail is critical), and this experience includes project management. In addition to this, Peter also has experience in Education and Tertiary Education projects, Commercial projects, Retail facilities, Residential projects and some experience in Hospitality projects.

    In addition to this, Peter also has extension in education and tertiary education projects, commercial projects, retail facilities, residential projects and some experience in hospitality projects.

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    Claire Furlong

    Architect (UK Registered) NZ LBP Licensed/ Whangarei Manager

    Claire has 10 years experience as a senior Project Architect in New Zealand, undertaking many residential and educational projects throughout Northland.She previously 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 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, in 1999 Eldad joined the ARTO as a resource management planner.

    Eldad's key roles include environmental analysis, the preparation of resource consent applications, managing consultation processes, managing large scale planning applications and presenting technical evidence at planning hearings. Eldad's role is essentially helping developers, businesses and any person interacting with the Resource Management Act 1991 to achieve their goals in minimum time 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 12 years of experience she brings a lot of industry knowledge to the table.

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    Felipe Boff

    Practice Manager / Accounts

    Felipe has over 10 years of experience on Business and Administration and has worked on different roles as a Manager, Accountant Assistant & Supervisor. He has experiences in three different countries, an excellent track record, an extensive knowledge in finances and management and at ARTO he runs a tight ship 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.

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    Manju Bala

    Graduate Architect

    After completing a Bachelor of Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington she joined ARTO Architects at Hamilton office beginning of June 2014. Prior to joining ARTO's team at Hamilton Office she has worked in Sri Lanka as an architectural apprentice which give her experience in draughting and construction design. She also had some experience in Melbourne, Australia working for a store specialized in Japanese and Chinese antique furniture restoration.

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    Pam Rossiter

    Senior Architectural Technician

    Involved in the construction industry since 1984, Pam holds a National Diploma in Architectural Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology in Education, (applied eLearning).

    In her third year of employment with ARTO, her role involves accessible design, construction detailing, and CAD draughting. She 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

    Architectural Technician

    Jan Ferber study architecture at Tech. Univ. - Delft Netherland and Graduated as Dipl.-Engineering for architecture in Berlin Germany. Since 2002 he is registered as an architect in Germany. Jan has over 19 years of experience on a wide range of projects from commercial, residential to museums. He also ran his own business for over 8 Years in Germany. Jan become part of ARTO's team in Rotorua early 2016.

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    Graham Johnstone

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

    Graham joined ARTO is 2016 bringing 17 years architectural experience and 14 years building experience to the role. He has worked on aged care & retirement village, education, Police & Corrections, museum & art gallery, and residential projects, from concept design through to end of construction.

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    Gareth Mitchell

    Architectural Technician

    Gareth have a National Diploma in Architectural Technology through Wintec. Since his graduation he worked on residential and commercial projects in New Zealand and then spent 2 years working as a self employee focusing on Hospitality Designs from Fit Out to Rebuilds and 3D Modeling in Australia, Fiji and Samoa. He become part of ARTO Rotorua team in 2016.

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    Gwen Ras

    Project Manager

    Recently Gwen has joined ARTO as a Project Manager in our Whangarei Office. She is a PRINZ Accredited Public Relations Practitioner, tertiary qualified in communications management, with almost 20 years' international experience in supporting the public image of businesses and community organisations. Her strengths are in the operational field of project planning, business development and event organisation. Originally from the Netherlands, Gwen moved in 2006 with her family to New Zealand. In partnership with her husband they have set up a successful home improvement business and they are actively involved in the local business community.

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    Tammy Amorim Victorino

    Architectural Technician

    Tammy graduated in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Vale do Itajai in Brazil. Tammy joined ARTO Architects as a voluntary worker in the Hamilton office in 2016 and after gain some experience in NZ she become a employee in 2017. With over four years of experience, in Brazil, Tammy worked as a apprentice in different architectural offices, which gave her experience in draughting, sustainability, landscaping and interior design.

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    Haydn Smith

    Architectural Technician

    After completing a Bachelor of Architectural Design at the University of Queensland at the end of 2015, Haydn joined ARTO Architects in October 2016 as an Architectural Technician, where he assists with CAD draughting 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 lead 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.

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 achieved a closer than 1% degree of accuracy).

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

Technical Resources

Our office systems are designed to maximise quality and production efficiency. All design work and construction drawings are produced using Vectorworks 3D. 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. Rawlinsons Construction Handbook is linked to a spreadsheet based cost estimating system which produces accurate cost estimates and facilitates project costs control throughout the design process. Finally, 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