Ignite has been a commercially focused practice since our founding in 1987.

About Ignite

Ignite is a design-led practice delivering local and international projects within the disciplines of architecture, interior design and master planning.

Our firm is made up of over 160 professionals across five studios in New Zealand and Australia. We also have a strong network of partners throughout Asia-Pacific.

Ignite designs are intelligent, experiential and people-orientated. We not only meet the client’s brief in terms of return on investment, but also create spaces that enhance and enrich the environment.

Our Services


Our architectural practice is about providing creative, functional, life-enhancing design solutions that meet our client’s strategic and commercial objectives. We are fully committed to harmony between the built and natural environments, as well as infrastructure that fosters engaged and vital communities. These objectives guide all our architectural services, which are delivered through an end-to-end project and design management capability.


Our interior specialists work alongside architectural teams to deliver internal environments consistent with the structures that envelope them. Based on careful business analysis, interior services are tailored to client needs and extend from pre-design consultancy through to post-occupancy evaluation. With every project, be it residential, retail, workplace, entertainment or hospitality, our focus is on understanding our clients’ measures of success.


Achieving a rich and vibrant sense of place is a fundamental goal for our master planning practitioners and Ignite solutions are always oriented to people and how places will be used. We aim to support connected and engaged neighbourhoods, where people choose to be - now and in the future. A key aspect of this is a rigorous master planning process that delivers a commercially viable outcome for the client and a legacy for the wider community.


Technology & Innovation

Tools such as BIM, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are an integral part of our design process because they offer compelling efficiencies to the process and our clients’ role in that process. This starts with increased capacity to work collaboratively with consultants and contractors, and ends with a more experiential consultation process with our clients, their partners and the project’s wider stakeholder group.

We network with our peers to make sure that we are current, and that we are offering clients best practice BIM processes. We also maintain strong relationships with consultants in associated disciplines like engineering, building and landscape architecture, so that we are equipped to resolve cross-disciplinary design issues early on.


Ignite’s practice is founded on a set of core values that speak to our aspirations and our desire to deliver the very best for our clients. These values have been fundamental to Ignite since its inception 30 years ago.

These values are enacted within a framework that filters and distills ideas down to their most essential requirements; a rigorous process that provides focus and efficiencies for the project team. In this way, functional planning, commercial viability, build-ability, technology integration, and aesthetic decisions are informed, justified and communicable to the client.

A commitment to developing and supporting our people; a strong team culture; and the ability to establish trusted partnerships with clients and business partners is, we believe, the catalyst for our success over three decades. However, it is placemaking that lies at the heart of our practice and that inspires our teams to see every project as the chance to leave a legacy.


Originally known as Anderson Street Architects, Ignite was founded by Peter Anderson and Geoff Street in 1987. Jeremy Whelan joined the company as a senior architect that same year and became Managing Director five years later.

Today Jeremy continues to lead the company and has overseen its growth from a small, predominantly retail-focused, Auckland-based practice to a multi-disciplinary firm with five studios across Australia and New Zealand and an Australasian project portfolio.



In November 2017, Ignite’s Australian studio received certification for the provision of master planning, architectural services, interior design services and retail design management in accordance with the following standards:

- ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems
- ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems and
- AS/NZS 4801:2001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Achieving certification under these three standards has enabled Ignite’s Australian business to comprehensively interlink environmental and occupational health and safety criteria with our quality management system, which brings these criteria to the fore when examining design solutions for our clients.

Ignite’s New Zealand business is currently undergoing the application process for ISO certification.

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