“I am passionate about the different spaces we occupy, from the functionality to the overall aesthetic, and how we might explore and push the boundaries of how this is defined or re-defined.”
TONY ROWELL ASSOCIATE tonyr@ignitearchitects.com

I have a thirst to live every moment to the utmost degree.

I am driven by nature, and that echoes through into the pastimes I enjoy. Long-distance cycling is one of these and I compete firstly against myself to achieve the goals I’ve set, and secondly, against all the other avid cyclists.

In my career, I’ve worked across most of the industry including residential, and high-end residential, as well as public, civic and commercial buildings.

I am passionate about the different spaces we occupy, from the functionality to the overall aesthetic, and how we might explore and push the boundaries of how this is defined or re-defined.

The Tongan Meteorological Centre was a particularly memorable project. It was a National Emergency Operation Centre which required the building to be resilient to extreme weather conditions. The project stakeholders included the Government of Tonga and the World Bank.

My experiences in architecture have reinforced that the real epicentre of great design is people. The ability to have all parties involved communicating effectively from inception to construction completion ensures the best, and intended outcome.

I’m immersed in architecture in my work and home life, as we’re about to embark on the construction of our own home in Titirangi. It’s a contemporary home with a dash of vintage.

In between all this, my focus is on spending time with my wife and our four children. They’ve inherited our love of surfing and the ocean, and we’re enjoying teaching them.