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Beattie McDowell Architects Ltd is a general architect practice based in Invercargill New Zealand offering architect’s services to a diverse client base throughout the lower South Island.  We are the latest iteration of a long established Southland business originally formed in 1920.


The practice is an active member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Inc. (NZIA) and our architects are registered with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).


The scale and complexity of projects undertaken by Beattie McDowell Architects Ltd ranges from private homes and alterations to major multi-million dollar works.  Areas of expertise include commercial, residential, hospitality, education, care and community work.


We lead project teams and collaborate with others to obtain appropriate specialist input to meet project demands.  We have established a reputation for appropriate, innovative and cost effective design and technical expertise and have won both Regional and National awards.


We approach projects without preconceived notions, taking cues from our client, their brief, other stakeholders, the local climate, natural environment, historical context and cultural environment.  We recognise that each client and their project will have a different set of values, requirements and expectations that will need to be investigated, analysed and understood.  Every project requires a unique and appropriate design solution.


Beattie McDowell Architects Ltd offer a full range of architect’s services.  These services are tailored to suit specific client and project requirements.  Usually we lead project teams, being directly responsible to the client for project delivery. We collaborate closely with other specialist consultants as required to ensure appropriate expertise is applied to delivering successful project outcomes.

Services offered include:

  • Assistance with brief development

  • Advice and assistance with site selection

  • Bulk and location analysis and planning

  • Planning analysis and advice

  • Urban design

  • Conceptual design

  • Advice and assistance with consultant selection and engagement

  • Resource Consent analysis and applications

  • Design development

  • Building Consent and construction documentation

  • Building Consent applications

  • Tendering procedures and tender analysis

  • Contract procurement and advice on appropriate forms of procurement

  • contract observation and administration

  • Project management


New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)

  • the statutory body that carries out regulatory functions under the Registered Architects Act 2005,

  • annually registers architects who have been assessed as competent to practice as an architect,

  • quality assures the competence of architects via a Continuing Professional Development program and a five yearly registration review process,

  • maintains an online register so the public can confirm that an architect is registered to practice,

  • investigates complaints and, if need be, disciplines architects.

New Zealand Institute of Architects Inc (NZIA)

  • the professional body that represents the majority of registered architects in New Zealand,

  • promotes and celebrates the role of outstanding architecture which enhances the built environment,

  • provides practice resources, industry standard contract documentation and guidelines for the use of member practices,

  • maintains a code of ethics to which all members are bound.

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