We remain captivated by the potential of architecture to make a better life. Architecture is about life not the other way around.

Exterior View to Wanganui River

Design like your life depended on it.

The Dalgleish Architects team is a creative, committed team of design professionals experienced in the design and delivery of projects.

We have an established reputation as designers. We have this because we sweat the little stuff. The members of our team enjoy being innovative, being extended by ones collaborators, learning from and contributing to a project team. The architect leads the process and the team, but all those contributing to the process are able to add something of value.

There is no luck in architecture.

People see the product but seldom understand that the quality of the product is determined by the quality of the process. We put a lot of effort into the process to deliver a quality product.

We do not have a practice 'style'. We are not about autonomous object making. Our commitment is to process and particularity.

To us a simple solution is usually better than a complicated one. We strive to create a classic contemporary aesthetic. We would like to think that we will visit our buildings in 10 years without wincing.
We work hard to resolve conceptual and detailed design issues. Solutions should be intelligent and reflect client requirements. Good is not good enough.

We propose to employ bio-climatic design strategies. We seek to make maximum use of natural light, natural ventilation and orientation to provide a building that has a low per square metre use of energy. We have a proven track record in this regard and specifics can be provided on request.

Craig Dalgleish sits in the foyer of his practice, Dalgleish Architects.Every client and site is different.

Therefore every project should be unique. The appropriate solution should evolve from your requirements and the circumstances of the project. Architecture must be specific to its place. We work to find symbiotic relationships between architecture and place.
Our approach is based on the priority of creating functionally and aesthetically successful internal and external spaces. Whilst we are concerned about appearance we believe that image and form is less important than the quality of spaces created and the ability to inhabit them.

Dalgleish Architects is a practice of 10. We have the resource to meet the demands of large projects whilst being still of a size to allow us to be “hands-on”. Dalgleish Architects has designed many buildings of many types. We have designed single family houses and apartments, commercial buildings, hospitals and everything in between. Project values vary from below $100,000 to in excess of $4,000,000.

Architecture happens because of, not in spite of people. We look to celebrate the rituals of life not dictate them.

We welcome any opportunity to talk about a project you might be contemplating.

Craig Dalgleish - architect