“Architecture and gardens enrich our lives physically and emotionally. Moreover, living or working in a well-designed environment can change the way we think and feel. Architecture inspires us, uplifts us, and can promote its occupants’ wellbeing and health.”

At PDA we try to achieve these objectives and design buildings to match your personal requirements and taste rather than imposing a predetermined practice style on the outcome.  We aim to find a quality design solution that is responsive to your brief, imbued with a sense of human scale and proportion, together with the fine qualities of space, form, light, and materiality.

While we have extensive experience in designing quality residential buildings and landscapes in urban and rural settings, we also undertake the design of retail, hospitality, education and commercial and civic architecture and developments, and have expertise in creating ecologically sensitive architecture and sustainability consultancy.

Dr. Peter Diprose – Director:

Graduating as a most distinguished student in the Faculty of Architecture, Property, and Planning, Peter Diprose went on to gain a University Scholarship to study for his Ph.D. in Architecture.  After graduation, Peter balanced his time between architectural practice in Whitford and teaching design at the University of Auckland and landscape architecture at Unitec.

Peter became a Registered Architect in 1997, and since then he has devoted his energy and enthusiasm to architectural practice producing finely crafted buildings, and more specifically to the integrated and sympathetic design of landscapes and architecture. Peter is committed to good design and a sound partnership with the client and contractor.

Peter is past chairperson of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Environment Task Group and was involved in writing and reviewing the NZIA Environmental Policy.

Peter Diprose: Qualifications Prizes and Awards


  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy),
  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Master of Architecture on design processes
  • Ph.D. on building form and the architectural implications of sustainability

Academic Awards 

  • The New Zealand Fibre Glass Travel Scholarship  for “most progress in Postgraduate research in Architecture”
  • The Fowlds Prize as “most distinguished student in the Faculty of Architecture Property and Planning”
  • University of Auckland Ph.D. Prize awarded for best Ph.D. in the Faculty of Architecture, Property, Planning and Fine Arts

Design Competitions Prizes and Awards 

  • Winner and First Prize: Carter Holt Harvey National Environmental Design Award.
  • Winner and First Prize: The International Student Competition for Passive Low Energy Architecture
  • Runner up: Wellington City Council Ecohouse Design Competition
    Merit Award: Levene Urban Gaze Design Competition
  • Runner up: Wiri Design Competition “Beyond the Suburban House”, (Diprose & Peters)
  • Winner of the Waitakere Ecohome Competition (Diprose & Heather)
  • Exhibited in the La Biennale di Venezia: City for the Third Millenium (Diprose & Hotten)
  • Top 20, Suckerpunch International Design Competition for a Lunar Crater Cultural Centre (Diprose, Hotten & Surrey).