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L6 Hope Gibbons Building
7-11 Dixon Street

Wellington, 6011
New Zealand

Tennent Brown is concerned with people, how our buildings and environments will affect their experience. We design to uplift the quality of life, of work, play and wellbeing of those the buildings serve.

Architecture is built around people, and every design is an individual's or organisation’s story: their hopes and aspirations for a building that is their own.

People entrust us with realising some expression of themselves, to translate that into built form. We take that seriously. Ours is an architecture of listening and understanding: a humanist architecture.


We are proud to be the first Architectural practice in New Zealand to qualify for a JUST label.

JUST is a transparency platform for organisations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.

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The Living Building Challenge

Our journey along the Living Building Challenge 3.0 and the challenge of achieving the Materials Petal for Te Wharehou of Waikaremoana and Te Tii has allowed us to build a repository of LBC compliant materials that you will not find on the Declare Database.

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The Materials Petal includes Imperative 10: Red List requires accurate data-keeping and the ability to negotiate for information. The Red List is a list of toxic often carcinogenic and bio-accumulative chemicals that should be avoided. Just as eating organic food and using natural skincare and cleaning products is paramount for many, using Red List free materials is a must in any building. The push for transparency, the high standard to be called a Declare material, ensures no one can hide.

To avoid choosing toxic materials, choose a Red List Free or LBC Compliant material from the Declare Database. Many LBC Compliant materials, however, are not on the Declare Database and here is where we can help.

What is Declare and how do you read a Declare Label?

LBC Red List Free means it contains no Red List items and is 100% declared.
LBC Compliant means it meets exceptions granted by the Living Future Institute.
Declared means it is not compliant for a LBC project but the manufacturer has declared all their ingredients.

LBC Compliant Materials Services

The LFNZ goal for the number of Declare/LBC Compliant products per New Zealand building project is 10%.

We can assist you in reaching the LFNZ goal or better. Watch out for our weekly news on what new materials we have found to be LBC Compliant. Take a look at our samples offered of LBC Compliant products. If you are interested in more, get in touch with us and we can offer you Materials Consultancy services which, if desired, includes documentation for your own LBC project, particularly if you are aiming for LBC certification.

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Past & Present

Architecture NZ

Art of the Architect


  • Feb/ Mar 2012
  • Aug/Sept 2006


  • Issue 25 2012



  • Bach Bus June/Jul 2006


  • 2006 Branch Award VUW School of Educational Studies Fitout
  • 2003 Branch Award Meditation Temple CCTHW, Akaroa
  • 2002 Branch Award Wadestown Road House
  • 2001 Branch Award Waitarere Beach House
  • 2000 Branch Award Kaikoura Wine Company
  • 1995 Regional Award Martinborough Vineyard
  • 1995 Regional Award Howard House
  • 1995 Colour Award Martinborough Vineyard

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Property Council New Zealand

Best Design Awards

HOME Magazine

Registered Master Builders

New Zealand Commercial Project Awards

Origin Timber Awards

Earthquake Strengthening Awards

  • 2013 Highly Commended - Commercial

Interior Awards

SCNZ Award

Sustainability Awards

We have calculated our carbon emissions for the last financial year. In the period of April 2015 to March 2016 our carbon emission equivalents totalled 17.45 tonnes (17.45 tCO2-e) for our office. With 13 people in our office, on average each staff member at Tennent Brown Architects produced 1.34 tCO2-e of work-related emissions for the last financial year.

The Committee for Climate Change in the United Kingdom has recommended emissions drop to 7.5 tCO2-e per person in the period 2018-2022; this figure includes emissions produced in each person’s lifestyle outside of work. We will be calculating our carbon footprint each year and looking to reduce our emissions to IPCC targets or better.

Ewan Brown

Matt Cantwell

Jill Donaghy

Neil Drummond

Lucy Feast

Niki Forrest

Hannah France

Angela Gibson

Kathy Griffin

Caroline Grimstone

Simon Hardy

John Hawkhead

Trent Isaac

Sharon Jansen

Caitlyn Lee

Sue Lonsdale

Kevin Lux

Ewan MacMaster

Raji Magan

James McCoy

Scott McKenzie

Joe Nicholls

Brian Parnagian

Robert Paulin

Maurice Pipson

Anna Schubert

Thomas Sheridan

Brenda Solon

Devo Staples

Charlotte Stewart

Hugh Tennent

Nick Wenham

Linda Wong