Welcome to Isthmus

Since 1988, Isthmus has been pioneering the design of culturally meaningful, enduring, healthy and inspiring environments.

In that time, the practice has become one of New Zealand's leading design offices, well known for an ability to make a positive impact across a wide range of works, including coastal edge regeneration and rehabilitation, parks, playgrounds, significant buildings, masterplanned communities and major infrastructural projects.

The firm's works of architecture, design planning, landscape architecture and urban design are interwoven with common threads of commitment - to the creation of vibrant new communities, healthy new ecologies, and built environments that are simple in their expression yet rich in authenticity, value and culture.

Isthmus's people are some of New Zealand's best landscape architects, architects and urban designers. Each is committed to design excellence, place-making and sustainable practices.

The practice has achieved some of this country's highest design honours. That success is borne out of an open studio arrangement, with the firm's directors believing that design-led outcomes are most powerful when the skills and expertise of all disciplines are encouraged to mix freely and openly, when boundaries are blurred and potentials explored.