Upton Architects Ltd. is a boutique, NZIA-registered practice established in 1991 with expertise in residential, education and light commercial building projects. We undertake both new buildings and alterations /additions to existing buildings and offer a comprehensive range of architectural services including feasibility studies, concept design, working drawings, tendering and construction management.

Graham Upton is the practice director and principal architect and is directly involved in all phases of a project from initial briefing through design and contract administration. With over 30 years’ experience, Graham offers a committed, personal level of service and proven client-driven design skills.

We maintain associations with several other practices which allows us to collaborate and expand resources for specific projects when appropriate. Since 2003, we have worked in direct association with McIldowie Partners, a Melbourne-based practice, for a number of education-based projects both in New Zealand and Australia. Graham was also a design associate of Sang Architects and Company with whom he regularly collaborated on the design of high end houses.


Architecture embraces the world of both art and technology. Architecture is an art but unlike other visual art-forms, it is about the making of real buildings which people inhabit and which must endure for many years. It exists primarily for the client, not for the designer.  We aim to create great architecture which satisfies all of the practical requirements of our clients whilst also delighting their senses and fulfilling their dreams. To help achieve this, we not only provide the design and documentation but are able to manage the whole process of construction from pricing and contracting to completion.

Our practice values are based on our commitments to:

  • creative but practical design solutions
  • competitive and affordable professional fees (with no surprises)
  • personal involvement of the practice principal
  • efficient, timely and reliable service to high professional standards

We look forward to solving a design challenge no matter how large or how modest the project. Our ultimate desire is to create places that are appreciated by those that use them.



We offer an initial no-obligation consultation (at no cost within the Auckland area) to explain our services in more detail and listen to your requirements. Based on your brief we then prepare a detailed written offer of service based on the N.Z. Institute of Architects Agreement for Architects Services. Wherever possible we charge agreed fixed lump sum fees, divided into defined stages. Where the scope of work cannot be clearly defined, we may charge on an hourly-rate basis.

The scope of our engagement is negotiable depending on your needs and nature of the project. We are happy to provide feasibility advice, design only, design and documentation or a full service that encompasses procurement of building contractors and provision of contract administration through to completion.