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Architecto is an architecture and design studio based in Hamilton, New Zealand. We focus on the significance and impact architectural design can have and how it can engage our most fundamental needs and aspirations.

Architecto is invested in creating buildings which are sensitive to the specific needs of the Client and end users and providing solutions that reflect their values. This is combined with a strong focus on Client vision and a desire to add value to each project. The studio is currently involved in a wide range of project commissions ranging in scale from private residential, education, retail and commercial buildings.

The practice is led by principal Paul Crawford who provides and oversees a comprehensive involvement throughout all stages of each project.

Paul Crawford, Principal
NZIA, BArch [Hons]

Paul Crawford founded Architecto and is a NZIA Registered Architect. Paul leads the practice with broad experience from conceptual design through to contract administration.

Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the building industry, gained through working with architectural firms in New Zealand, UK & UAE. Over this time Paul has amassed a wealth of experience in project delivery specifically design, contract administration and team leadership. He has gained strong exposure in residential, hospitality, educational, civic and cultural sectors creating projects that deliver in design form and function.

Combining his design talent with his people skills Paul is passionate about good design and believes the built environment plays an important role in the quality of people’s lives.