Nicholas Dalton (Te Arawa, Ngai Tūhoe, Tūwharetoa, Pākehā)

TOA Architects

The award-winning TOA Architects was founded in 2010 by managing director Nicholas Dalton and has grown from strength to strength over the last 12 years, with 36 staff across three studios in Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Waiariki. 

Having grown up in a small village called Mamaku and travelled extensively throughout Europe in his twenties, Nicholas draws inspiration from his whakapapa Māori and is passionate about ensuring architecture moves from ‘New Zealand’ towards ‘Aotearoa’ in a way that celebrates the history of our country and people. Te Taumata o Kupe at Te Mahurehure marae in point Chevalier is a TOA legacy project which is due to be completed in 2022 and both challenges and inspires architecture in Aotearoa to acknowledge the rich history and significance of Te Ao Māori within the design and fruition of future buildings. 

Nicholas was also listed in the top 40 under 40 influencers in Auckland in 2019, and has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Architects annual conference in 2022 (travel permitting). He is looking forward to inspiring and encouraging the next generation of architects to challenge the limitations of architecture while, most importantly, recognising and respecting the indigenous knowledge systems.

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