Ignite Architects Join with Studio Design + Architecture




Michael O'Brien



August 18, 2023

We're pleased to announce the expansion of our Wellington studio – joining with the acclaimed architectural team from Studio Design + Architecture. The move fuses our teams, inspired by a shared commitment to delivering design excellence for our clients.

Ignite Architects Join with Studio Design + Architecture

Ignite’s growth in Wellington includes the establishment of a new studio location, at 34 Molesworth Street, positioned in the heart of the parliamentary district.

The SD+A architectural team, with roots going back 100 years to renowned firm Gummer and Ford, has been led by co-founder Michael O’Brien, who will be joining Ignite in the role of Design Director.

Michael O’Brien says, “When discussing the proposition to join Ignite, it was clear to see an immediate synergy between our firms. This is demonstrated in Ignite’s humanistic approach, commitment to their craft, and above all, integrity – which has seen them cultivate strong relationships in the industry and become one of NZ’s largest architectural practices.”

SD+A’s portfolio encompasses a number of prominent projects across the health, aged care, civic, workplace and government sectors.

A recent project of note, Wellington Children’s Hospital, has been shortlisted for the 2023 NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards. Ignite feel privileged to be combining expertise and drawing upon the holistic local knowledge garnered from this project amongst others.

“Ignite’s expansion reflects our confidence in the strong reputation Michael and his team have cultivated, consistently exceeding client expectations” says Grant Armstrong, Ignite Principal. “We’re excited to welcome the new team from SD+A and be associated with the next chapter of a 100-year legacy.”

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