We are Makers

In 2014 Makers set out to bridge the gap between design and construction. Today, with Makers Fabrication we continue to innovate and challenge traditional approaches to architecture, utilising technological efficiencies to create healthier and more sustainable built environments.

Our aspiration is to provide architectural solutions that are responsive, efficient, sustainable and well-crafted. Environments that better the environment.

Design Approach

Makers of Architecture are unique because we engage in new methods of customised precision design. We recognise that inefficiencies occur due to the disconnect between the construction and architecture industry. Our design approach takes advantage of emerging technologies which allow us to be innovative, accurate and sustainable in our design, planning, budgeting and construction methods.

In the studio, designs are visualised digitally through the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and VR (virtual reality) and physically through scale modelling. In the Makers Fabrication Factory we have the unique ability to test innovative new building systems through 1:1 prototyping which utilises CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology.

Sustainable Principles

We engage with technology to achieve sustainable results, recognising the need for greater efficiency, flexibility and control throughout the design, construction and extended life-time of our buildings. Precision design and building methods ensure improved quality, time and cost efficiencies as well as material optimisation.

Basic sustainable design principles are at the core of all of our designs, allowing them to maintain healthy and stable interior environments. We focus on the use of renewable materials and sustainably sourced products to produce low waste building systems and our projects are always designed to achieve excellent seismic and thermal performance. A strong connection with the site and the surrounding landscape is another inherent attribute that we respond to in every project.

The Architectural Process

We understand that architecture must be responsive to its context, to client needs/dreams, and to financial and cultural positions. Sensitively bringing these attributes together shapes, guides and balances each project’s scope, generating a unique set of criteria for the design to emerge and develop from.

As every client, site and project is different, we welcome every challenge that is presented and endeavour to make each project an exceptional journey and experience for all involved.

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As well as delivering our own projects throughout Aotearoa, Makers also work in collaboration with the extended design, university research and architectural communities, to build, test, iterate, prototype and further develop the potentials of architectural design and build manufacturing.

Research + Development

Makers are committed to engaging with inter-disciplinary research to discover new potentials within the industry. We see change as both necessary and important for sustainable development and the future of our environment.

Currently we are focussed on the potentials of mass customisation in the architectural industry, and how the development of digital fabrication technologies can automate this process.

The Makers' practice is one of constant research, testing new details and processes to improve efficiencies in construction and design.
off ~ route 2, 2015

Makers of Architecture are now engaged with building homes of this type across virtually the length and breath of the country. Such interest shows that architecture like this - as sturdy and elegant as it is cost-efficient - is the way of the future.

Catherine Foster, Small House Living, pg 29, 2015

New Zealand's built environment is slowly shifting to a mass production model, with little consideration for design space quality and response to environmental context. Finding a mass-customisation solution will improve quality, time and cost.

Makers Fabrication

Victoria University of Wellington
Faculty of Architecture and Design

Callaghan Innovation