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Our approach

We are a collaborative and diverse team who partner with our clients and specialists to deliver bespoke and effective solutions in architecture, interiors and development.

We take a considered and inquisitive approach to all our clients projects. We are inspired by our surroundings, culture, community, innovation and our diverse team of experts. Together we listen and learn from our clients and then pursue our goal to exceed expectations. We believe collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. It is this collaborative strength that sets us apart.

About us

Young+Richards architectural practice operates between the worlds of architecture, interiors, retail, master planning, project delivery and development.

Established in 2007, Young+Richards commenced as a design studio bringing together the collective experience of Elvon Young, Harriet Pilkington (nee Richards), and the late Bruce Stephen Young.

Today, Harriet and Elvon are joined by Toby and Iona who collaboratively lead a team of approximately 50, which is split between a design studio producing bespoke high-end architecture, interiors, development consultancy and visualisation services, and our project delivery studio which specialises in systemised documentation and roll out (the practice achieves approval for over 200 Building Consents annually on average).

Young+Richards uniquely combines a passion for the detail of the interior environment as well as large scale exterior and master planning projects, with specialist ability in roll out of systemised architectural documentation.

A human focus on the small scale and attention to detail is borne out in residential, retail, commercial and healthcare projects which showcase passion for materials and interior space.

Alongside this the practice focuses on sensitive cultural and sustainable projects involving communities – relevant projects include Earthship, Sustainable Master planning in Fiji, The Auckland Racing Club Stables development, The Dunedin Chinese Garden, education facilities for AUT University, innovative ‘Green’ Facade Systems for Residential Towers in Taipei, Taiwan and a number of diverse local projects throughout New Zealand.

Regardless of scale we thrive on providing solutions and working with our clients to deliver outstanding design.

Our values

Together better

Our strength is in our partnerships and collaboration. With our team, we bring together experts and thinking to create outstanding solutions.

We are Open

We are not ego driven. We are solutions focussed and take a broad approach to design and architecture that encourages new ways of thinking and open minds.

We are Human

We always put people at the heart of what we do. We build for people.

We make it possible

We are smart and creative and we like to make great things happen. Using our expertise we lead our projects to deliver what we say we will.