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 built environment professionals, spread 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 urban environment.

Our Services


Our designs embrace the creation of places for people. Places to work, live and play that enhance quality of life. We provide creative design solutions that are functional, sustainable and achieve our clients’ strategic and economic objectives. At Ignite, we are fully committed to creating harmony between the built and natural environments, as well as delivering an infrastructure that fosters engaged and vital communities. Our architectural services include end-to-end project and design management.


A holistic approach sees our interiors division work alongside our architectural teams to deliver interior environments which work in harmony with the structures that envelope them. Driven by business-based analysis, our tailored service ranges from pre-design consultancy through to post-occupancy evaluation. With every project, be it residential, retail, workplace, entertainment or hospitality, great emphasis is placed on understanding our clients and their measures of success.


Achieving a rich and vibrant sense of place is a fundamental objective of our master planning team. This user-centric approach means Ignite solutions are always driven by people. We create places that promote connected and engaged neighbourhoods where people want to be today – and tomorrow. At Ignite, we believe a rigorous master planning process not only leaves a legacy for the wider community, but also ensures the successful commercial viability of a project for the client.


Technology & Innovation

Ignite is an early adopter of technology that enhances our practice. Tools, including 3D BIM modelling and Virtual Reality, are an integral part of the Ignite design process and provide compelling efficiency benefits to our clients. This starts with our ability to work in unison with project contractors and consultants.

Ignite champions the use of technology within the architecture industry and through local BIM networking groups. Furthermore, our practice has strong working relationships with consultants from other disciplines that use BIM processes. This enables our teams to take models further than just architecture and resolve cross-discipline design issues early.


At Ignite, our approach is client-driven, user-centric and tenacious. Our actions are guided by a set of core values; many of which date back to when Ignite was founded 30 years ago.

Our rigorous process sees us filter and distil design ideas down to the most essential requirements. In this way, functional planning, commercial viability, build-ability, technology integration, and aesthetic decisions are always justifiably informed.

Our people, strong team culture, and ability to establish trusted partnerships with our clients are fundamental to Ignite’s success over the past three decades. Placemaking has always been at the heart of our practice. This philosophy sees our team approach each 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 Australasia.



In November 2017, Ignite Architects (Sydney) 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 Architect (Sydney) to comprehensively interlink the environmental and occupational health and safety criteria with our quality management system which brings these to the fore when examining design solutions for our Clients.

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