Meet the Team

Antanas Procuta

Antanas Procuta

Principal Architect
FNZIA B Arch B B Sc (NZRAB #2211)

Architecture is really about facilitating the way people live and experience their surroundings, how people and the things they do interact with their social and physical environment.

Richard Mauriohooho

Richard Mauriohooho

Senior Architect
ANZIA B Arch (NZRAB #3179)

Quality design adds value to projects of all sizes and types. Often, it’s the little things which make all the difference. When a client you’re working with thinks they’ve explored every possible angle but you come up with a solution they hadn’t considered, the sense of achievement is really satisfying. 

Geoff Lentz

Geoff Lentz

Senior Architect
ANZIA B Arch (NZRAB #1854)

What I like best is presenting a design to clients which meets their requirements in a way they would never have thought of, and just blows them away. Sometimes the initial shock they feel takes a day or two to subside, but then when they come back saying how much they love what we’ve designed it’s really satisfying.

Mark Mawdsley

Mark Mawdsley

Registered Architect
ANZIA B Arch (NZRAB #5365)

Retaining the urban and suburban landmarks from the past gives our built environment both identity and familiarity. Working with heritage buildings often means a number of design constraints, nevertheless there are always opportunities to make these buildings relevant for contemporary use again.

Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose

Senior Technician
NZCD (Arch)

The software we use is an amazing design tool. From initial concepts, through to finished construction documents we can present our ideas to clients in many ways, from 2-dimensional drawings to 3D imagery and digital models, allowing them to understand the design fully before construction even starts. This offers opportunities to refine and develop designs to ensure the best outcome for our clients.

Angela Hughes

Angela Hughes

Practice Manager

With a love of design and over 30 years of admin experience, being part of the PAUA family is a perfect fit.  Working alongside a team that is down to earth, dedicated and who care about their clients, makes PAUA a unique place to work. This is evident when clients are “clients for life” and PAUA has worked successfully with both organisations and families on many projects over many years.

Alison Banwell

Alison Banwell

Administration Assistant

Having been in the construction industry for almost ten years now I have a heightened appreciation for the crossover between the functionality and the aesthetics of a building.

"What I remember is that I had a lot of laughs with the architect in the design process, and we still enjoy catching up from time to time.  I showed them pictures of what we liked, and they came up with a stunner"

Janet Myers, Roto-o-Rangi Residence

"I have seen at first hand how Paua Architects has been able to take a brief and interct with clients to successfully a brilliant solution"

Steve Tritt, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

"They are definitely professional, and come up with great design ideas and solutions.  We find they work efficiently with us through solutions for challenging building projects."

Murray Shaw, Murray V Shaw Builders Ltd

"Paua Architects proved immediately that they had a community spirit, a detailed knowledge of theatre space, and most importantly, an interest in architecturally realising the vision that One Victoria Trust had for the Meteor theatre in Hamilton.  It is not an overstatement to say that the OVT would not have been able to have achieved the outcome – from the fundraising effort and the renovation project, from concept to finished build – without the expert guidance and support of Paua Architects."

Charlotte Isaac, One Victoria Trust

"Te Ahurutanga has been one of the highlights for the Pro Vice-Chancellor office because it provides a central hub, a natural gathering place for many of our staff, students, and the community that reflects the core values of our distinctiveness in being Maori.  We have occupied the building for some time now and continue to get compliments about the building’s uniqueness; its structure, style, warm colours, ambience & design.  Many have stated that Te Ahurutanga is easily the best designed building on campus."

Herearoha Skipper, The University of Waikato

"Paua Architects has an obvious, and indeed passionate, interest in ensuring that their design and their architecture lasts the distance.  What struck us – and what we viewed as being important to the success of our new facility – was Paua’s intrinsic interest in working collaboratively with our Management Team and the Proprietors through the project."

Ken Williamson, Proprietors Board Chair, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

"Paua has a rare talent for projects that require more than architecture, delivering projects that set new benchmarks in creative development and delivery."

Steve Tritt, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

The Sports Centre, as well as being a beautifully designed and well-functioning building, was designed perfectly to best respond to its challenging site.  Paua made the most of the building’s situation and shaped the building to create a beautiful outdoor courtyard with well-established trees at its centre.”

Ken Williamson, Proprietors Board Chair, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

"Paua Architects listened to us, visited our existing home and new site, advised us, respected our very modest budget, found an excellent builder, and developed a simple, delightful house that our family loves to this day"

Denise Irvine, Hamilton

"Building is such a roller coaster of excitement, mess and stress.  The planning part with the architect is so exciting it’s the best bit; that, and finishing the build.  There’s not a day goes by without me thinking that I’m glad the architect suggested this or that, and I’m glad we did it"

Fiona Bailey, Hamilton

"What PAUA achieved with that building was something quite unique and it has been one of my favourite buildings since the makeover was complete.  I often used to take campus visitors in there for a look at how much can be achieved with a very simple structure."

Tony Dicks, The University of Waikato
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