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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.

Tennent Brown Architects is also now officially B Corp certified!

As a B Corp, we’re part of a global community of business that meet high standards of social and environmental impact. We are very excited to be the 1st NZ Architecture firm to be B Corp certified, and we hope that by sharing our happy news, we also spread awareness so that many more in the architecture and building industry will join the B Corp movement.

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Our current projects, Pā Reo and The Living Pā are on track to receive full LBC certification 12 months after final construction is completed (2024 and 2025).

Our journey along the Living Building Challenge and the challenge of achieving the Materials Petal for Te Wharehou of Waikaremoana, Te Tii and Gisborne Airport 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 which 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.


Tennent Brown is pleased to support the following charities and organisations in New Zealand.

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Police Managers Guild Trust
Academy School Books
Kids foundation
Life Flight Trust
Wellington City Mission
Autism NZ
Fostering Kids
Brain Injured Children Trust
Heart Kids Trust
Lions Club
Rotary Club
Sustainable Coastlines

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

LBC Red List Free means it contains no Red List items.
LBC Compliant means it meets exceptions granted by the International Living Future Institute.
Declared means it is not compliant for an LBC project but the manufacturer has declared 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. 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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Devo Staples

Devo Staples

Caitlyn  Lee

Caitlyn Lee

Steve Borgonje

Steve Borgonje

Sarah  Dee

Sarah Dee

Chris Blanch

Chris Blanch

Sam  Gwynn

Sam Gwynn

William Creighton

William Creighton

Chloe Coles

Chloe Coles

Past and Present

Dylan Amery

Matt Cantwell

Jill Donaghy

Neil Drummond

Lucy Feast

Stuart Fields

Niki Forrest

Hannah France

Angela Gibson

Michael Gould

Kathy Griffin

Caroline Grimstone

Simon Hardy

John Hawkhead

Trent Isaac

Sharon Jansen

Kevin Leach

Shannon Lenihan

Sue Lonsdale

Stuart MacKay

Ewan MacMaster

Raji Magan

James McCoy

Nadiene McCullough

Scott McKenzie

Joe Nicholls

Brian Parnagian

Robert Paulin

Anna Schubert

Thomas Sheridan

Charlotte Stewart

Ben Tunui

Nick Wenham

Linda Wong

Architecture NZ

Art of the Architect


  • 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

The total emissions for Tennent Brown in the financial year of 2018-19 was 24.66 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalents. If it takes 5 trees to ensure that at least one lives to 40 years or that their combined sequestration equals one tonne (www.carbonify.com), we need to plant 124 trees to account for our emissions for that year. Tennent Brown will help the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project by planting 200 trees in Island Bay.