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"Architecture is really about well-being. People want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure" Zaha Hadid

Fat Parrot Architecture

The Fat Parrot Story

Fat Parrot! That’s such an interesting name… what’s the story behind it? And why do you have a hedgehog for a logo? These are questions that are often asked of our directors and staff. The answers… well, you’ll get to hear them once you get to know us.

Founded in 1999 by John Borsboom and Pierre du Toit, Fat Parrot Architecture started up in a small office space in central Auckland. After successfully completing some large architectural projects, the Auckland office moved to Albany on the North Shore, under John and Graeme Fanselow’s directorship. Pierre moved to Hawke’s Bay and set up the office there, with Paul Taylor and Judith Cunningham later joining Graeme and John to run the growing Auckland practice.

Fat Parrot Architecture has developed through a lot of hard work and determination, along with supportive clients, sub-consultants and project managers. The company has successfully continued to grow and we now have a staff of 13 in Auckland, along with the Hawke’s Bay Fat Parrot team.

We are always excited by opportunities to create, or improve, spaces and provide innovative and practical solutions for our clients.


  • Master planning
  • Development potential feasibility assessments
  • Concept Design
  • Resource Consent drawings and applications
  • Full drawings and documentation for Building Consent
  • Architectural 3D modelling and rendering
  • Project management and Contract Administration
  • Interior Design and Fit out
  • Landscapes
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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 North Harbour Business Association Orewa Medical Centre