Tilt Architecture Ltd is a Wellington-based architecture and interior design practice founded in 2018 by Gregory Shadbolt and Gavin Urquhart. We pride ourselves on creating extraordinary buildings that excite their users, while delivering them in a way that engages our clients intimately throughout the process.
We work in an agile and responsive manner, with the ability to look at problems from alternate viewpoints to arrive at elegant and functional solutions.
We are also highly skilled in 3D modelling and BIM, meaning projects can be examined at early stages via animation and visualisation, with feedback looping back into the design process as the project progresses. The result for you is a building requiring less on-site variations, more accurate documentation, and overall a more cost effective project.
Tilt Architecture Ltd has an international footprint, with a range of exciting projects throughout New Zealand and Asia. We are actively involved in museum / gallery design, the tourism sector, education, and bespoke residential buildings, and our work is driven by a passion to collaboratively find the best solution for our clients.
Collectively Gavin and Greg have 35 years experience working in a wide range of building sectors in our roles with previous practices. We bring an enthusiasm and practicality to all that we do, and are accustomed to working within the myriad of design and financial constraints to get the best out of every project we are involved in.
Dip Arch Draughting, Adv. Dip Arch Draughting
When I was 4 years old I drew a large cityscape on the wallpaper behind the couch. I got a real telling off from my parents, but also admiration for the quality of the drawing! In many ways that moment was the catalyst for my future career in architecture.
That passion for buildings never changed, so I studied Architectural Draughting at Massey University to develop my knowledge of how buildings go together, and how people use them. Nearly 20 years later I’ve reached another milestone in my career by creating Tilt Architecture. I still get a kick at the thought of getting started on a new project and I love being involved in each stage, right through to the opening day.
I worked part-time on construction sites and in joinery workshops during my School and Uni years, and I’m continually working on DIY projects at home (I’m renovating my 100 year old villa in Petone – say no more). This experience has given me solid grounding in all the practical aspects required when designing buildings.
I like to keep my finger on the pulse of technology and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with computers and gadgets. I have been instrumental in the development of IT and Revit systems in a number of firms both here and overseas. This has lead onto a wide range of experience in BIM Management, advanced 3D modelling, visualisation & animation, construction and people flow simulation, and the implementation of virtual reality in the architectural workflow.
Understanding problems, thinking outside the box, developing practical solutions and delivering them in a logical and concise format, is what really makes me tick.
B Arch (Hons) ANZIA Registered Architect 3031
Driven by the challenges and possibilities that each project brings, I love working with people to exceed their expectations and realise their dreams. I always strive for design excellence from project inception right through to construction, and pride myself on the personalised delivery of my work.
My experience spans overseeing residential, commercial, hospitality, childcare, medical and naval architectural projects over my 23-year career, and love being involved in all stages of project work, from initial feasibility to construction completion. I am fascinated by how people use and occupy the spaces we create, often in unexpected ways! I love the process of creating something from nothing.
One of my core beliefs is that we must strive to create a close dialogue with clients to understand their requirements, to challenge, to engage, resulting in a building that surprises and excites! Rather than looking at architecture as simply an object, I believe our work must endeavour to create spaces that fascinate people, that contribute to the wider community and speak to who we are as a culture. What we build often outlives us, and we must be sensitive of this.
Born in Wellington, I left these shores for seven years to Auckland, London and Tokyo, before returning in 2005 to this wonderful windy harbour with its amphitheatre of hills, to continue my passion for sailing (which I try to fit around family life – I have two school aged daughters who keep me on my toes)… and of course, to apply and extend what I had learned in architectural practice overseas.
In addition to being passionate about architecture and the projects I work on, I believe that being well rounded is part of being a good architect. Balance in life is healthy and I find that work-life balance in a variety of interests and activities. Family and kids, sailing, cooking (well, eating really), and volunteering as a synchronised swimming judge and treasurer for our local club (my eldest daughter is a competitive swimmer) are a few of the things I enjoy in addition to practicing architecture.