Wade Jennings



+64 21 217 8054


Having spent 10 years working in Europe working on large scale commercial projects for the likes of Cisco Systems in Amsterdam, Barclays World HQ, Canary Wharf, and an extension to the Kuwait National Assembly, it was time to return to New Zealand in 2006. One of my first projects back here saw me take on the role of design lead and project architect for the refurbishment of 21 Queen Street (now Zurich House). I have a real passion for motorsport and this manifests itself on Saturday nights when I race alongside some of the top Super Saloon drivers in NZ, one of whom happens to be my dad. My 2 young children love to hang out in pit lane, so the future of the Jennings motorsport dynasty looks very promising.

David Morgan



+64 21 70 70 74


Client diversity, working with many talented colleagues, and for some great companies has made my 20+ years in the industry fun filled. Projects have varied in size, type and location. From the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, the Middle East, to New Zealand. Award-winning work like ‘Project Kingfish’ – Air New Zealand’s world leading transformation of the front of house customer experience – has now seen 12 years of involvement planning and designing airport terminal check in environments. I’m interested in how technology – animated VR especially – can better inform the design process, outcomes, and user experience.

I’m completing a master’s degree, specialising in Experience Design (XD).

Peta Drayton



+64 27 700 2033


Having had 2 stints, and a total of 11 years, living and working in London, I returned to New Zealand in 2013. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a huge variety of people – clients, consultants and colleagues – which has made my 20 years in architectural practice enlightening and always entertaining.
Both in the UK and in NZ I have had the opportunity to work on a range of fantastic projects from larger scale commercial buildings and a house for a premier league footballer, to retail and corporate fitouts and multi-unit residential developments.
I love to travel, but in NZ you will find me doing DIY projects, sailing and occasionally dabbling in a new interest in fishing…. all of which need to fit around playing as much tennis as possible.

Laurianne English

With a background in office management for engineering consultancies I’ve enjoyed learning about all the interesting things that Architects do! I joined CPRW in November 2016. I’m a lover of to-do lists and colourful pens at work. I take great satisfaction in seeing the office run smoothly and enjoy making my colleagues laugh. Outside the office I’m often found either on the water, hiking mountains or relaxing on the couch with a menagerie of cats.

Sophie Isler

After spending five years working and studying in Germany and Switzerland, I returned home to New Zealand and joined the team at CPRW in 2011. I have a real passion for sustainable design and the importance of, and relationship between, person-focused and environment-focused design. At the end of 2016 I completed my post-graduate studies in salutogenic healthcare architecture. My love of the outdoors means that when I’m unwinding, you’ll find me either up a mountain or on the beach with my Jack Russell Ollie.

Mike Lowe

Hi I’m Mike and back in November 1981, I joined Curtis Penman Read Williams, which would later become CPRW. Over the following 36 years I have been draughting “old school” style using tee square & set square. Prior to joining CPRW, I spent 7 years draughting homes for a transportable home company. In my spare time, you will find me practising Ashtanga Yoga & meditation.

Drazen Opacic

Hi there, I am an Architectural Graduate with 7 years post graduate experience in New Zealand and, most recently Melbourne. During this time I’ve worked as a member of project teams for a range of commercial clients such as KFC, Carl’s Junior and Hungry Jack’s, as well as retail and high-end residential clients. I am committed to producing quality design and documentation and have developed a great eye for detail and project co-ordination. Outside of architecture, I am a fanatical basketball and soccer (football) fan.

Dhruti Rathod

Fresh out of Unitec, with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies under my belt, I started working as an Architectural Designer with CPRW. With one degree complete, a presence in the architectural profession established, together with a keen habit of always wanting to learn, I am committed to going back to university (part-time) to achieve a Master’s degree. Outside of the studio, you can find me on the turf playing hockey – socially in summer, and competitively in winter.

Sybille Ruhl

I studied architecture in Leipzig, Germany and am told that I possess an enviable attention to detail coupled with a very methodical process in the delivery of project documentation. Since 2002 I have been a consistent presence here at CPRW. I have little ‘spare’ time outside of trying to deal with a toddler – It seems that any spare time is spent working on my own house, or catching up on lost sleep! It feels like all the exciting pastimes like hockey, flying, sailing and, traveling are distant memories … hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m sharing these fun hobbies with my son.

Sarah Townshend

My architectural career began in Wellington where I graduated with a degree in Interior Architecture. After working for two years in Interiors, I made the transition to Architecture and am currently working towards registration. I take a holistic approach to Architecture and Design and recently completed the Master of Architecture Professional. My thesis explored Berlin’s cooperative housing methodologies as a way of making housing more accessible to first time homeowners. When I’m away from my desk you can find me at the gym, at home cooking and entertaining or on the end of a paintbrush.

Luciano Velocci

Ciao. In the 9 years since I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, I have been involved in all stages of commercial interior design projects from inception through to completion, including functional briefing, envisioning workshops, space planning, developed design documentation and construction observation. I’m believe that I am a proven problem solver and am passionate about achieving high quality design solutions which support client objectives.

Lena Zarazel

Graduating from Unitec with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (majoring in interior design), I have 6 years of experience as an interior designer, working on a variety of projects from hospitality, workplaces, and retail, to civic spaces and airports.

For me, design is about the user experience every time. Creating spaces to be enjoyed and stimulate our senses with subtle design details to catch the eye while specifying materials and products sympathetic to the environment.

I love travel and involvement in community projects. I’m also a maker and really enjoy designing stationery and graphics.

Ricky Tung

As a recent graduate from the University of Auckland with Master of Architecture, I am excited to experience the responsibilities presented in my new role as an architectural graduate. Throughout my architecture studies, I was heavily invested in digital tools for my practice. In my last year of study at Auckland University, I was involved in the research of augmented reality (AR) in architecture. Since then I have remained very interested in the applications of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in architecture. In my spare time I enjoy sports with friends: playing volleyball, badminton and having a game of airsoft once in a while.

Carole Maitre

Bonjour! Since graduating with a BA of Interior Design from EFET school in Paris 2011, I have had the pleasure of working as an interior designer in London, Paris, Australia and now in beautiful New Zealand, having joined CPRW in June 2018. I hope to keep building on my international experience! I like to channel my creativity to produce exceptional results from feasibility studies through to construction, ensuring that I remain attentive to the clients’ desires throughout. Outside of work I enjoy a variety of activities, both adventurous sports such as canyoning and rafting, and more relaxing pursuits like SCUBA diving, snorkelling or relaxing with a good book.

Bevin Liang

I recently finished my Architectural Master’s degree and started my first job as an Architectural Graduate here at CPRW in June 2018. Through my time at university, I’ve mostly been engaged with the developing technologies in the field of architecture, namely Augmented Reality during my thesis year, and digital processes such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC Machining. Outside of work I am always keen for sports and the big outdoors, anything from kicking a ball around to a challenging hike in New Zealand’s backyard! If I’m not preoccupied with sports, I’m probably off being a huge geek; being a diehard fan of film and game universes, future technologies and science fiction.

Advisory Panel

Lindsay Corban

Lindsay has served on the Boards of a range of companies and community organisations.  She is a former Director of KPMG, and a current Director of Ngatarawa Wines Limited. She has had a long-term involvement in the education and not-for-profit sectors serving in governance roles as the Deputy Chair of the Auckland College of Education Council, the Pro Chancellor of University of Auckland Council and the Deputy Chair of Learning Media. Lindsay was the Deputy Chair of the Foundation for Youth Development and is a current member of the MOTAT Board.

Lindsay also has her own consultancy that specialises in change management, working with governance bodies, assisting with the work of board appointments and CEO mentoring.

Tim Livingstone

Tim is a Chartered Accountant, Company Director and Community Leader. He is active in the professional, business and community affairs both as a Chartered Accountant and businessman, providing advice to a diverse range of businesses and community organisations.


Tim’s current Directorship’s and Advisory Boards include: UHY Haines Norton (Auckland) Ltd, West Auckland Trust Services Ltd, Ngatarawa Wines Ltd, Vidak Ltd, Languages International Ltd, Alt Group Ltd.


Tim’s current Not For Profit Trusteeship’s include: The Trust Arena, West Auckland Business Club, Lopdell House Development Trust.


Tim was made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand in 2000 and in recognition to his contributions to the community and business he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016.