Our story began in 1987 when Brisbane-based firm, Anderson Street Architects set up a new office in Auckland. Specialising in supermarket developments, retail centres and fast food brand work, the business quickly began delivering projects for well-known brands, such as Foodtown and Georgie Pie, across New Zealand.
In 1995, with the business’ leadership evolving, Anderson Street changed its name to ASA. Five years later, ASA became ASA Crone after forming a joint venture with Australian firm, Crone in Australia on retail projects. The joint venture enabled both organisations to explore opportunities on either side of the Tasman and, long after this initiative, Ignite Architects continues to carry out projects in both Australia and New Zealand.
In 2003, the business underwent its final brand evolution, becoming Ignite (now known as Ignite Architects). In 2004, Ignite Architects opened two new offices – the first in Sydney, and the second in Tauranga – and, in 2014, the business extended its New Zealand operation further by opening an office in Christchurch.
Today Ignite Architects employs more than 140 people across New Zealand and Australia. Our teams provide master planning, design and documentation, project delivery and interior design services for clients as far away as China. Our early track record in retail projects has developed into broader-reaching expertise that covers commercial buildings, healthcare and aged care facilities, schools, residential and mixed-use developments that include retail, commercial, residential and hotel uses.
As a business, we’re tenacious – we see things through, until the right result is delivered. Our commercial focus means the design solutions we create answer the client’s brief not just in terms of design, form and function, but in relation to return on investment too.
We’re also boundary-less. We enjoy pushing design to see how far we can go, and have proven that we can create successful buildings both locally and overseas.
Our client-centric nature means that we often become a trusted confidant for those that engage us. Clients can share their vision and their constraints freely with us, safe in the knowledge that our team will find a design solution that meets their needs.