Dixon Wild Architects

Bruce Wild is the registered architect. Registration number 2076.
Bruce has fine arts and architecture tertiary qualifications from Canterbury University (Ilam) and Auckland University respectively.

The practice, established in 1967 by Mason Pepper and Tom Dixon, was known as Pepper and Dixon until 1987 when it became a limited liability company, Pepper Dixon Architects Ltd.

Bruce Wild became the owner and sole director in 2007 on the retirement of both Tom and Mason.

For many years we were located in Takapuna.

We are now known as Dixon Wild Architects and located in Arch Hill, central Auckland, New Zealand.

We have retained our north shore phone number – 09 486 1126.
We are an NZIA licensed practice.

Housing has always played a large part in our practice. We have urban, suburban, rural and coastal private house projects in our portfolio. We have been privileged to provide services to social housing through Housing New Zealand Corporation.

Commercial projects have been important to us in developing sporting, health and retail design.

We have been architects for community projects for Auckland Council or its various predecessors, diverse cultural groups including Marae projects – Awataha, churches and Auckland Khmer Buddhist community in South Auckland.

From our Arch Hill studio, we provide creative design solutions and excellence in professional architecture for our clients.

We advocate for sustainable building practices.

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We use a drawing board for freehand and measured drawing on paper which we like and value for its immediacy, direct idea to hand connection and pleasurable
design and graphic quality.

We are motivated by social history, heritage and contemporary ideas in art and design and the desire to provide the pleasure of good life through architecture.

Dixon Wild Architects offer personal service through all stages of the design and construction process.

We have been architects for community projects for Auckland Council or its various predecessors, diverse cultural groups including Marae projects – Awataha, churches and Auckland Khmer Buddhist community in South Auckland.

Social housing has been significant to us through healthy housing refurbishments for Housing New Zealand, along with new homes and refurbishment of the iconic star blocks in various areas of Auckland. We were the lead architect at Talbot Park community renewal in Glen Innes in 2003 and have completed over 20 refurbishments of star block apartment buildings in Auckland.

The star block apartment building (designed circa 1950 by Frederick Newman) is a successful heritage design model, on ideal park like sites. Our refurbishments have enhanced personal safety in the buildings and on site, updated the service amenity of the units through design interventions adding private balconies and courtyards while retaining the iconic building form.
From our studio in Arch Hill, we strive to provide creative design solutions and excellence in professional architecture for our clients.

Our computer software is ArchiCAD, which we invest in to develop a 3D digital model from concept design stage. Modelling land and building forms to convey
ideas reflecting the brief we are addressing.

Our practice, while not paperless, is 100% digital.

We advocate for sustainable building practices.

We do retain and use a drawing board for freehand and measured drawing on paper which we like and value for its immediacy, direct idea to hand connection
and pleasurable design and graphic quality.

We are motivated by social history, heritage and contemporary ideas in art and design and the desire to provide the pleasure of good life through architecture.

Dixon Wild Architects offer personal service through all stages of the design and construction process.

THE IDEA OF HOME

The idea of Home is unique to each of us and common to all. It is aspirational, simple, complex and personal. It resides in us as an assortment of ideas around belonging, comfort and expressions of individuality or togetherness. It is central to the health and happiness of individuals and communities alike.

To design a home is to propose a future. To plan the events of a day or life within a home requires intimate understandings of purpose and pleasure.
We can help you discover your idea of home, whether it be a simple Kiwi bach, a grand ambitious palace or the familiar and cosy family abode.

Social housing has been significant to us through healthy housing refurbishments for Housing New Zealand, along with new homes and refurbishment of the iconic star blocks in various areas of Auckland. We were the lead architect at Talbot Park community renewal in Glen Innes in 2003 and have completed over 20 refurbishments of star block apartment buildings in Auckland.

The star block apartment building (designed circa 1950 by Frederick Newman) is a successful design model, on ideal park like sites. Our refurbishments have enhanced personal safety in the buildings and on site, updated the service amenity of the units through design interventions adding private balconies and courtyards while retaining the iconic building form.

COMMERCIAL

Dixon Wild Architects is interested in providing the design edge to your commercial project.

We look to capture the essence of your business ambition in the designed form and materials selected in each project. We want to be adventurous, exciting and determined in meeting your brief.

Our services are to assist and enable you through the processes involved in the construction of your dreams

COMMUNITY

Our experience with urban design, public architecture and civic space has taken many different forms, providing services to Government organisations, District Health Boards, Councils, and community groups.

We have contributed ideas to community projects through competitions and commissions.

PROCESS

Dixon Wild Architects draw freehand.

Dixon Wild Architects use ArchiCAD (computer aided design) in the process of providing architects services.

We are architects to your brief, we listen.

The design process is a team experience of creative and practical ideas, considered and given form.

A successful brief is reflected through a successful design.

Our computer software is ArchiCAD, which we invest in to develop a 3D digital model from concept design stage. Modelling land and building forms to convey ideas reflecting the brief we are addressing.

We sometimes make physical models as part of the process to explore and demonstrate concepts of light and space, solid and void.

We use the 3D modelling capability of our ArchiCAD software on all projects.

Our processes are in accord with the NZIA Agreement for Architects Services and the NZIA Guide to Architects Charges.

  • Accepting your brief
  • Commissioning and written agreement
  • Predesign services
  • Concept design
  • Preliminary design
  • Developed design
  • Detailed design and documentation
  • Construction Contract procurement
  • Contract administration

Other consultants are always part of the design team and the design process. They may include: Quantity surveying and cost estimation, structural, civil and fire engineering, hydraulics, planning, interior design, landscaping. Their service fees are additional to the architect.

We always engage with Councils as early as possible in the design process. They are our colleagues and major stake holders of building development in the cities and regions they govern.

The service we provide is to facilitate and give form to your ideas.
We assist you in the exploration of your project by listening. Through listening we understand your wishes, needs, ambitions, budget and site attributes and constraints. We draw and discuss to assist the design realisation through to the build.

Talk soon.
Bruce Wild