Our Practice


DGSE is a design lead practice with a collaborative studio that fosters creative contributions from all our talented staff and specialist consultants we collaborate with.

We specialise in a wide range of work delivering design excellence in projects ranging from urban regeneration, master planning, public buildings, commercial buildings, education and housing.

We encourage diversity of thinking resulting in design solutions that are creative, intelligent and well considered.

We focus on achieving the highest levels of design

We focus on achieving the highest levels of design through researching, questioning and internally reviewing each design to ensure we have achieved the best possible outcome.

Our work is characterised by strong conceptual clarity and design efficiency resulting in innovative and enduring sustainable outcomes.

DGSE is widely recognised for its award winning architecture which has achieved National and International recognition. 

Our Approach


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Architecture has the power to enrich and enliven our daily experiences

We believe the quality of our surroundings has a direct influence on the quality of our lives. Architecture has the power to enrich and enliven our daily experiences - in our homes, our workplaces and the public domain.

Our interest is in both the design process and the successful delivery of buildings for our clients.

Through careful evaluation of the specific project opportunities, concepts are critically assessed and refined through sketching, drawing and modelling resulting in designs that are relevant, challenging and completely unique.

We strive for optimum solutions to create built works that minimise the impact on the planets resources.

Our work seeks to bring together and balance the many challenging elements of site, symbolism, environment and the wider cultural and physical context to create spaces and buildings that stimulate, inspire and uplift those who move through them.

Designgroup new zealand


Designgroup Stapleton Elliott is a member of Designgroup New Zealand (DGNZ), a nationwide association of independent architectural practices working together to provide a superior quality of services, a wider range of expertise and an extended resource capability to our clients throughout New Zealand.

Designgroup New Zealand has nine offices plus three consulting practices in eight locations employing over 130 staff, making it one of the New Zealand’s largest architectural practices. We provide consultancy in architecture, interior, urban and landscape design, heritage architecture and planning.

Designgroup offers a unique mix of specific skills coupled with direct, local hands-on leadership and support. A key strength of Designgroup is our ability to work as a team, an approach we believe is key to successful development.

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Working together to provide a superior quality of services