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About Us

Cranko Architects’ work responds to the unique characteristics of each project. We instil light and views, plan good internal flow and relationships within buildings, and provide indoor-outdoor living opportunities. Our work includes new commercial, residential and community projects. We respect the integrity of existing structures and in integrating new facilities within and alongside them. We work together with our clients to respond to feelings, needs, wants and budget. Most of our work is gained by referral and repeat commissions. We commit to see projects out over a long period . We have an environmentally sustainable and practical approach to building architecture.


Heritage buildings provide a link between the past and present. Cranko Architects has experience with Conservation Plans, Heritage Impact Assessments and Heritage Incentive Fund applications. We help integrate structural strengthening and respect building character to renovate or restore in line with ICOMOS NZ principles.

Wellington City Council – https://wellington.govt.nz/services/community-and-culture/heritage

ICOMOS NZ – http://icomos.org.nz/

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is about good design at the outset.

We locate buildings to receive optimum light and warmth from the sun with care to avoid overheating in summer. We also take into accout the wind micro-climate, neighbouring buildings and vegetation. We suggest materials that perform efficiently with a minimum of harm.

We assist with information on the benefits and drawbacks of technology, water collection for solar, residential power generation and construction materials.

The Team

Deborah Cranko


NZ Registered Architect

BArch (Hons) FNZIA

David Whyte

Architectural Graduate


Arran Lewis

Architectural Graduate


Lydia Hamer

Architectural Graduate