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"we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us" – winston churchill

About Us

We are an NZIA registered architects’ practice based in Albany in Auckland and Hastings. Our professional staff includes registered Architects, Architectural Technicians and Spatial Designer/Interior specialists. With a multi-talented team, we have extensive experience in education and other commercial projects, along with Interior design and residential projects. We can offer full consultancy services from assistance in developing a design brief, through to the various stages of design, tendering and construction to bring the project to fruition. We have a hardworking, resourceful in-house team, as well as a network of other consultants and engineers to deliver your project. Our education work includes numerous projects with early childhood centres, primary and secondary school developments, varying in size from the simplest of projects, up to new four storey inner city primary school buildings. We also have extensive experience with upgrades and new buildings for children with special needs. We have also designed many new residences and multi-unit developments, and have made architectural alterations and extensions to existing residences for our clients. With expertise in various forms of building upgrades, we can add value to your commercial and/or heritage earthquake strengthening projects and can complete weathertightness upgrades for commercial and larger residential projects.


auckland Directors

John Borsboom

B. Arch (Hons), ANZIA Registered Architect                                           John is one of the founding directors of Fat Parrot (1999) and has a wealth of experience in the commercial, educational and developmental sector. His role is now mainly that of a consultant.

Graeme Fanselow

B. Arch, ANZIA Registered Architect                                    Graeme has had vast experience in educational, retail, residential and other forms of Architecture. Graeme joined John at Fat Parrot Architecture in 2003.

Judith Cunningham

B. Arch, ANZIA

Registered Architect              Judith has specialised in early childhood kindergarten design, as well as other commercial, educational and residential projects. Judith joined as a director in 2013.

Paul Taylor

B. Arch (Hons), NZCD, ANZIA

Registered Architect                   Paul has also had wide ranging experience in many architectural building typologies. Having worked with Fat Parrot Architecture since 2004, Paul then became a director in 2013.


Hawke’s Bay Directors

Pierre du Toit

B. Arch Cape Town, ANZIA Registered Architect Experience: 25 years Pierre is also a founding director of Fat Parrot. He has also had wide ranging experience in commercial, residential and heritage projects. Pierre started the Hawke’s Bay branch in 2000, having discovered and appreciated the joys of living in the Bay, which had a feel of the Paarl region in South Africa, from where Pierre originates.

30 Years 100% Kiwi Owned and Operated
Approachable, reliable, available and really nice to deal with. Accuracy with interpreting client's vision balanced with practicability,  whilst sticking to a budget.

-- Client survey respondent.

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again

-- Renzo Piano

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure

-- Zaha Hadid

New Zealand Registered Atrchitects New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated Lifemark North Harbour Business Association Orewa Medical Centre