ASC Architects - July 2018 Newsletter

Date posted: 01/07/2018

Welcome to the second half of 2018 and to ASC Architects' July 2018 Newsletter.

Read more about it here.

ASC Architects - June 2017 Newsletter

Date posted: 19/06/2017

Welcome to ASC Architects first edition of 2017 newsletter. It’s been a while, but we have been really busy! The previous year's influx of project work has seen our team grow by 8 people, to our current level of 55.

Find out more here!

Scoop Business - Latest PPP Contract will Include Repeat Clause

Date posted: 09/03/2017

We are thrilled to announce our involvement as architectural designers in the 3rd Public Private Partnership (PPP) to build six new schools. Exciting times ahead!!

Read more about it here...


Resene Total Colour Awards, Education - Winner

Date posted: 23/12/2015

Resene Total Colour Education Junior Award
Ormiston Primary School read more

Judges Comments: 

Colour is used to reflect the history of the region bringing together the horticultural history and volcanic history.  It’s a playful colour scheme, like giant building blocks of colour.  Coloured picture frames define the circulation stairs between the floors and provide a welcome to children and adults alike. 
The patchwork of vibrant colours is a striking contrast to the adjacent neutrally coloured residential streets. Children have a strong sense that they have arrived somewhere different, vibrant and stimulating, ready for a new day of adventures and learning to begin.

PPP2 Schools

Date posted: 23/12/2015

ASC Architects, in partnership with HRL Morrison and Hawkins Construction, has been awarded the second Public Private Partnership (PPP) project by the Ministry of Education to design, build, finance and maintain four schools for 25 years.

This second project involves

  • Ormiston Junior College in Auckland
  • Aranui Campus in Christchurch
  • Rolleston Secondary School in Canterbury and
  • Wakatipu High School in Queenstown.

Construction has begun on Ormiston, Aranui and Rolleston and it is expected that they will be completed in time for the new school year in 2017.  Wakatipu will be completed in time for term 1 2018.

ASC Architects - Christmas Edition Newsletter

Date posted: 15/12/2015

Check it out in your browser here

2015 NZ Property Council Awards

Date posted: 03/06/2015

Ormiston Primary School - Merit Award

Another congratulations to ASC Architects Director John Sofo, Principal Kevin Sanderson and the design and project teams who worked on Ormiston Primary School.

ASC Architects received a second Merit award in the Education and Arts Category at the Property Council Awards evening. For more information on this project, please click here.

2015 NZ Property Council Awards

Date posted: 02/06/2015

Hobsonville Point Secondary School - Merit Award

Congratulations to ASC Architects Director John Sofo, Principal Logan Hooi and the design and project teams who worked on Hobsonville Point Secondary School.

ASC Architects received a Merit Award in the Education and Arts Category at the Property Council Awards evening.For more information on this project, please click here.

New Zealand Architecture Awards 2015

Date posted: 01/06/2015

ASC Architects director, John Sofo, received an award at the recent NZIA ceremony in Auckland for Hobsonville Point Primary School

Award: Auckland Architecture Award

Category: Education

Citation: “ Built to accommodate both future capacity and the requirements of the Ministry of Education’s ‘Modern Learning Environments’ pathway, this new school is eminently suited to be a school of and for the future. Significantly, it also serves as an anchor building that lends identity and a sense of place to the growing urban-village hub of Hobsonville. The school’s crisp clean lines, ‘interior street’, flexible spaces and high-quality build are all fit for robust usage, and as the community matures this building will continue to serve as a place of public amenity.”

For more information on this project, please click here

Best Awards 2014

Date posted: 01/12/2014

ANZ 205 Queen Street, Auckland
ASC Architects / RCP win Bronze at the Best Awards for Spatial Design 2014

Maggies - Cover of the Year

Date posted: 30/11/2014

Coastlands Aquatic Centre, which featured on the cover of Architecture New Zealand Mar/Apr issue, has taken out the “Cover of the Year” at this years “Maggies


Date posted: 29/11/2014

Winner Resene Total Colour Awards 2014

Colour Maestro – Education Senior 

Hobsonville Secondary School


Manukau Golf Club

Date posted: 28/11/2014

Manukau Golf Club are now building a new course at Ardmore, south east of Auckland, which is due to open in mid-2016. Following a design competition, ASC Architects have been engaged to design the new clubrooms and related facilities.

Monte Cecilia Primary School and Parish Centre

Date posted: 27/11/2014

Monte Cecilia Primary School and Parish Centre

This is a new Catholic primary school for 360 students and is situated on an empty parish site in Hillsborough, adjoining the existing church. It will utilise modern learning environments in 4 ‘learning pods’ as well as a library and administration building. The Parish Centre and Hall is separate to the school, adjoining the Church, and it is currently under construction. The school is being designed to a 5 Green Star standard and is scheduled to be open in January 2016.

ASC Architects Move

Date posted: 26/11/2014

ASC Architects moved to their new offices at 17 Maidstone Street, Ponsonby in October 2013. The typical 70’s developers’ building was purchased in April 2013 but was in poor condition with a low seismic rating. However, it gave ASC Architects an opportunity to add design value with a major upgrade of the building in time for the move-in date. Work included a new atrium and stairs connecting both floors, exposed seismic strengthening, new services, and a new sunscreen on the street elevation. This has completely transformed the building making it the perfect long-term home for ASC Architects.


Date posted: 25/11/2014


The recently completed $NZ18m. Coastlands Aquatic Centre has won 3 design awards in the 2014 New Zealand Timber Awards. These were:

  • Runner-up in the Architectural Excellence category
  • Winner in the Engineering Excellence category
  • Joint Supreme Award winner

Located on a greenfield site in Paraparaumu adjacent to the Kapiti Coast District Council offices and library in the town centre, the completed facility is a long-awaited and major sporting development for the Kapiti Coast district.

The design was a collaborative effort with structural engineers, LHT Design, whose specialist pool design engineers have now formed Create Ltd, specializing in aquatic facilities and timber engineering. The building’s striking main form over the pool hall is a transparent ETFE foil roof supported by a timber gridshell. Internally, this gives the impression of outdoor swimming but in a controlled environment all year round. In contrast the remaining spaces and functions of the building are housed in relatively simple self-contained ‘insulated boxes’ to the front and rear of the pool hall.

Aquatic facilities include a 25m x 10 lane lap pool with a rise & fall floor, 160 spectator seats, learners & toddlers pools, and hydroslide. Additional facilities include a spa pool, sauna, change and service spaces, plus a multi-purpose space, commercial space, external courtyards and car parking.

For more information on the Timber Awards visit:

For more project information on Coastlands Aquatic Centre click here

schools of the future

Date posted: 24/11/2014

John Sofo gives his views in The Press on future school rebuilding programmes

The Press article

new zealand architecture awards for blennz

Date posted: 23/11/2014

ASC Architects director, John Sofo, collected 2 awards at the recent NZIA ceremony in Auckland for the BLENNZ Campus Redevelopment. 

The Auckland Architecture Award 2012 : “A clear architectural vision has produced a building accessible to those whose vision is impaired.  The research that has gone into this project is evident, as is the empathy of the architects’ approach: the result is an inspiring building understood and experienced through touch and sound.  A curved form, convex against a busy street, concave to embrace the landscape, relates well to the scale of the site.  Material selection is sensitive, detailing is carefully considered, and sustainable principles have been pursued throughout the project”.

The Resene Colour Award 2012 : “In this building colour is not merely an aesthetic consideration; it has been carefully applied to enhance internal and external spaces for students, staff and visitors, and also to code spaces for safety, learning and ease of use”.