Paul King

Specialist in difficult projects

If I have learned one thing as an Architect freelancer, working for many good architectural practices over the years, it is that I love a challenge.  Bring me something juicy that others might find ‘too hard’, and I am hooked.

Plenty of designers out there do perfectly well cranking out drawings on autopilot – and to be fair, competent ‘production line’ cookie cutter architecture is where the money is – but what really gets me out of bed in the morning and working late into the night is solving interesting problems for interesting people, distilling elegant solutions from the noise of seemingly conflicting requirements.


With a background of academic success and a good seasoning of solid practical experience working for a range of local and overseas practices, I now seek and enjoys opportunities to originate and collaborate on design of the highest quality and to add value wherever the opportunity arises, whether in architectural competition work or “real world” projects.

My passion for design is complemented by a drive to creatively develop and lead in an arena where few Architects or Designers are yet truly comfortable, removing the traditional barriers between the conceptualisation vs. realisation of design by offering a complete range of abilities within a single professional.    The integration of significant design skill and experience with the highest level of BIM modeling, visualisation and documentation competence, and an enthusiasm for new challenges    A package enabling ever greater efficiency and effectiveness, and the best possible outcomes for my clients.



Architecture Prime Ltd, Christchurch, NZ Director of own practice providing services directly to the public, as well as outsourced design, contract documentation and presentation services to other Architects. Wide range of project types undertaken including healthcare, educational, retail, commercial and domestic work. Demonstrated capacity to single-handedly handle sizable projects, (recently the design, presentation and full working drawings for a 29 unit apartment complex), as well as work within project teams for larger scale projects.

Emphasis on operating at the forefront of technology, producing integrated design, design communication/marketing and documentation outcomes using ArchiCAD, Artlantis Render, Photoshop, Powerpoint and other software packages. Active contributor as an official New Zealand Beta Tester in the evolution of successive releases of ArchiCAD, Artlantis and other design & visualization software tools.

Marketing, administration and CPD activities for own practice, and participation on the NZIA Canterbury Branch Committee


Tutoring / Contract work, Christchurch, NZ Primarily tutoring in MicroStation, ArchiCAD and Design courses for applied technology students at Christchurch Polytechnic. Four months contract work at Barclay Architects. Prepared private design submission for the new proposed Christchurch Art Gallery. Miscellaneous private projects.


Warren & Mahoney, Christchurch, NZ Involved in a wide range of projects including: a $1.3M penthouse apartment fit out, a recycled materials Arts & Crafts style house, developer terrace houses, glass & steel canopies, a number of healthcare projects, as well as scheme design submissions for institutional clients and competition work. Professional role primarily consisted of design development, consent & contract documentation, consultant coordination and site queries/contract admin. – both independently, and as part of a team.

Drawn documentation almost all MicroStation based. Implementation characterized by active ongoing exploration of new methods and systems, resulting in a deep level of CAD and computer systems knowledge and ability. Outcomes include 3D modelling and animation.

Attained Registration as an Architect in December 1997


Cranko & Thomson Architects and Engineers, Wellington, NZ Primarily design draughting for residential projects, including production of both architectural and structural engineering drawings and specifications. Spreadsheet based order of cost estimate work. Site structures & levels surveys, and Scala penetrometer testing for soil bearing capacity.

Bell Wright Architects, Wellington, NZ Short Term contract (2 Months): design draughting & colour schemes for office fit out, & various residential alterations.


Crerar & Partners, Edinburgh, UK AutoCAD design draughting on a range of commercial projects, primarily new build hotels, and building society refurbishments. Involvement at all stages from inception to completion

RMJM, London, UK Short Term contract (3 Months): primarily answering contractors queries during construction of the new Earls Court Exhibition Centre.


School of Architecture, Wellington, NZ Summer job (3 Months): Research assistant role in building marketability assessment and energy conservation studies. Extensive use of computers – programming, manipulating of databases, report writing, graphic design etc.

School of Architecture, Wellington, NZ Summer job (3 Months): Research assistant role in software development and user documentation for BECAL – a computer based life costing package for building projects analysis.

Education Board Architects, Wellington, NZ Summer job (3 Months): Design & working drawings for an extension to a primary school.

Wilkies & Davis Construction, Wellington, NZ Summer job (3 Months): Builder’s labourer on a large construction site.

Industrial Design Unit, Ministry of Works & Development, Wellington, NZ Summer job (3 Months): planning of office layouts, workstation ergonomics, illustration, and general “gopher” work.


1985-1989 Victoria University, Wellington, NZ Graduated Bachelor of Building Science (B.BSc) Graduated Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), First Class Honours, first in design, first in year. Awarded University Senior Scholarship Awarded NZIA prize for B.BSc Awarded NZIA prize for B.Arch Awarded Everton Hall prize for Design Integration. Invited Graduate representative in School of Architecture Philosophy Review Committee – influential in establishing the new School of Architecture & Design.


Rock climbing, gym, the architecture of virtual environments, computers & information technology, investment property.


Any of the following are able to give verbal references:

McDonald & Horton Architects Ltd Ph +64 3 366 3524 Alec McDonald, Director.

David Childs Architects Ltd Ph +64 3 366 0806 David Childs, Director.

Royal Associates Architects Ltd Ph +64 3 379 9645 Perry Royal, Director

Dalman Architecture Ltd Ph +64 3 366 5445 Richard Dalman, Director

Architecture Warren & Mahoney Ltd Ph + 64 3 961 5926 Bill Gregory, Director Garry Duncan, Director

Victoria University School of Architecture Ph + 64 4 472 100