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Designing better environments for a better future

Terra’s architectural team utilises a design-led approach managing built form, design and development to achieve an attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable environment.

We provide fresh approaches and creative solutions to built environment projects ranging in scale from small standalone houses to multi-unit apartment and subdivision master planning.


The team works collaboratively with other Terra disciplines, enabling efficiency in delivery. At Terra, we blur the boundaries between disciplines creating opportunities from constraints and integrated high value outcomes creating quality, resilient, places with unique character and sense of place.


We use quality architecture and planning to create value for our clients and the environment we are working in. We are client focussed and provide cost effective outcomes and solutions; delivering on time and on budget.


We are passionate about the opportunities for collaboration and innovation in architecture and urban design in the contemporary city.

Design-led approach

Terra's architecture team take a design lead approach working closely with other disciplines utilizing a transdisciplinary approach.

Collaboration and understanding of clients’ needs and our diverse experience base delivers greater than expectations.

Operating at a range of scales the Architecture team produces creative and pragmatic solutions to contemporary problems:

  • Affordable Housing

  • Multi Unit Housing 

  • Apartments

  • Subdivisions

  • Stand Alone Houses

  • Public Realm and street scape design   

  • Additions and Alterations

  • Mixed use & commercial

  • Development feasibility


We promote the transformative power of good design and the potential of architecture to generate positive social outcomes, sustainable futures and added value.

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Urban Design

As urban designers, we understand buildings and urban spaces as part of a larger connected landscape. Our holistic approach looks at the big picture rather than buildings in isolation.

We understand the importance of and advocate for quality design in all projects.


We provide urban design advice on a range of project types and scales.  Urban design involvement is integral to any multi-unit or subdivision proposal from the conceptual design through the resource consent process.

Urban design is addressing the pressing Auckland issues:

  • A quality compact urban form

  • A higher quality urban environment

  • Residential intensification

  • Neighborhood character & place based planning

  • High-quality street environments


Terra offers our clients guidance through the resource consent process bringing into play our experience and knowledge working with the Auckland Unitary plan and statutory processes.


We can provide urban design reporting as part of a project team or as an overlay working with the wider terra team contributing an analysis of place, highlighting design opportunities and a strategy to base a design solution on.

Terra believes that the public realm and public spaces should be of as high quality as the buildings that shape them.


Terra Consultants are involved with the trans-disciplinary process of designing larger scale public spaces, streets/neighbourhoods, cities and towns. We want to build communities people are excited to live in; connecting with the stories of the people living there and with sustainable, future-focused goals. 

Master Planning

We take a holistic approach to placemaking utilizing our understanding of the overlaps between land use, public space, landscape and ecology creating better environments, connecting neighborhoods , communities and people.


We work closely with our planners and engineers at an early stage in order that opportunities are not missed. With greater focus being placed on quality outcomes in the built environment the relationship between disciplines requires a high level of collaboration and integration.  


We can help you meet your functional requirements and economic goals while delivering spaces in which people will want to live, work and play.

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Strategic Planning

Strategy allows us to navigate, to move forward and forms the basis of decision making.


A strategic plan may define a course of action, a way to navigate a process, an incremental step towards a larger goal. With a built environment and urban space focus our strategic planning advice can be catered to deliver specific to client needs. We provide our clients with strategic advice with regards land development, statutory processes, design and urban planning.


Projects we have provided strategic planning advice on range from town center master planning, tactical urbanism initiatives, consenting strategies, Public consultation initiatives, Public space audits,  Project feasibility and yield studies, Walkability audits, Design competition and procurement strategies  in the public and private sector.

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Deshan is an NZ Registered Architect who has over 10 years of experience in the practice of architecture & building information modeling (BIM). Being involved in a wide range of award-winning projects from small to large-scale residential, commercial, retail, and educational projects. Deshan is a remediation specialist who has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of a project from inception and engagement of the client & through contract administration to the completion of the project. Deshan leads the residential development and applies his technical know-how and design skill to large-scale remediation and high-end residential projects.

Sports enthusiast Deshan was born in Sri Lanka but calls NZ his home where he grew up. He loves working with people and forming friendships which enables him to understand particular needs.

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