About Us

We believe in possibility.

ahha is a team of values-led designers, makers and facilitators. As a social enterprise and multi-disciplinary practice, we work alongside clients, community and iwi to undertake projects of various forms and sizes. We work across architecture, design, education, experimentation and art to reimagine spaces, ideas and objects.

We strive to create places that delight, inspire, encourage connection and enhance wellbeing. We believe that built environments have deeper integrity when informed by the cultural landscape that is, was, and will be, so our process is one of collaborative creation.

Collaborating with end users and communities embeds us in their world: enabling us to be gifted knowledge, tease out untapped possibilities and craft a better, more sensitive design response. Actively pushing the needle forward, we actively seek opportunities beyond the typical procurement process, then employ them to drive more positive outcomes.

We’re passionate about helping people build better, smarter and more consciously – while ensuring the numbers still add up. But true progress cannot be made unless we’re benchmarking what's been done before. So we design through the ahha Impact Framework: a self-developed holistic approach that tangibly measures a project’s impact across six key domains, to implement all round better results.

We apply a holistic approach to how we run our business too. We are committed to creating a better world through the decisions we make within our business as well as the work we do. To do this, we are guided by the following memberships and certifications.

NZIA Practice 7254
Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is a professional organisation that represents registered architects and promotes architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

NZGBC Member, Homestar Assessors & GSAPs
The New Zealand Green Building Council's vision is for all homes and buildings in Aotearoa to be green and sustainable, making healthier, happier New Zealanders. ahha is trained in the certification of housing and buildings through NZGBCs Greenstar & Homestar Accreditations.

Akina Impact Supplier
Akina’s certification ensures certified organisations deliver a range of positive social, environmental, and cultural outcomes through selling their products and services.

Team
Tony Calder
  • Director
  • Carpenter
  • LBP Design

I’m a carpenter and a designer. I’ve always been interested in how things work, and in making things work better. I appreciate the immense opportunity in making and designing: understanding human, environmental and technical needs, and combining build-ability and material knowledge to enable the best possible solutions.

Raphaela Rose
  • Director
  • Regenerative & Participatory Design Specialist
  • Registered Architect NZRAB

I love the particular point where elegant form and function meet. I’m passionate about projects that contribute meaningfully to the public, urban realm; that deliver robust design solutions, while positively impacting the community and surrounding environments.  

Jimmi O’Toole
  • Director
  • Carbon & Energy Modelling Specialist
  • Registered Architect NZRAB
  • Greenstar Accredited Professional
  • Homestar Assessor

I’ve always been driven to make places better. Throughout my decade of working in architecture, I’ve sought out ways – however small – to enhance lives, lighten footprints and make communities happier, healthier and stronger.

Campbell McNeill
  • Director
  • Ecology, Health & Well-being Specialist

I see architecture as an opportunity to not only shape the way people inhabit a space, but also to gather and share knowledge and understanding.