Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) is embedded into architect Nicholas Dalton’s (Tūhoe/Te Arawa) and Te Ari (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Porou) design process.
Nicholas grew up on the outskirts of Rotorua, a community where harnessing natural energy and working harmoniously with the environment came naturally – key influences in the work he and his team aspires to produce for their clients.
Nicholas began his career in architecture at a young age, assisting his draughtsman father while still in high school. He attended Victoria University before transferring to Auckland University and completing his Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours. In 2003 he received the National Award for ‘Design Student of the Year’ for his project Nga Puna Ora, in Bastion Point, Auckland.
He has a passion for producing great architecture and is founder and director of Tāmaki Makaurau Office Architecture Limited, TOA Architects. Nicholas leads the talented team at TOA in designing projects which relate specifically to the local environment and cultural qualities of the area. The company’s philosophy reflects the Māori translation of TOA – strength, bravery and breaking new ground.