15 Joll Road
Havelock North
PO Box is 8433
New Zealand 4157
+64 6 211 7810

54 Pollen St
Grey Lynn, Auckland
PO Box 68359
Newton 1145
New Zealand
+64 9 360 3313


RTA Studio has received more than 70 New Zealand and international awards, including Home of The Year, a World Architecture Festival category win and the New Zealand Architecture Medal.

Richard Naish founded RTA Studio in 1999 after a successful career with top practices in London and Auckland.

We are a practice that focuses on delivering exceptional design with a considered and personal service. Our work aims to make a lasting contribution to the urban and natural context by challenging, provoking and delighting.

Our studio is constantly working within the realms of public, commercial and urban design as well as sensitive residential projects.

We are committed to a sustainable built environment and are at the forefront developing carbon neutral buildings.


Selected Awards


New Zealand Architecture Medal


Regional Awards


Ted McCoy Award


Home Of The Year


NZIA New Zealand
Architecture Awards


World Architecture
Festival Awards

View full list of awards


Richard Naish
Richard Naish
Executive Director

B.Arch, FNZIA, Registered Architect

Richard Naish founded RTA Studio in July 1999. He is responsible for the design philosophy and strategic direction of the practice. A graduate of the University of Auckland School of Architecture, he worked at top practices in Auckland and London before launching RTA Studio.

Under his design leadership the practice has won over 70 local, national and international architecture awards, including the NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal, the NZIA Ted McCoy Award for Education as well as category wins at World Architecture Festival, Architizer and Architectural Review Future Projects awards.
An active fellow member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Richard has been Convenor of the New Zealand Architecture Awards and served as a judge on international juries. He is a regular speaker in New Zealand and overseas. He has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Unitec, Auckland, as well as a regular teacher and critic at architecture schools across the country. Richard is also member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel.

Ben Hayes
Ben Hayes

BA(Hons), Dip Arch(UCL), ARB(UK), ANZIA Registered Architect

Ben Hayes moved to Auckland from the UK and joined RTA Studio in 2004, after working in London with a senior role at ORMS architecture + design. Trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London, Ben became an associate at RTA in 2005, and is now a company director. He has over 20 years of experience in England and New Zealand with a variety of projects in the leisure, retail, residential, commercial, public and local government sectors.

Ben’s role includes business and project management, utilising his strong design skills, technical experience and construction knowledge. He is an exponent of RTA Studio’s design philosophy that ensures design is creative, durable and buildable.

As project architect for Ironbank, Ben managed this landmark new-build office project through the NZGBC accreditation process culminating in the building being awarded the first 5 Star rated as-built Office Building in New Zealand. He maintains a keen interest in sustainable architecture, new challenges and improving building typologies.

Recently, Ben has enjoyed judging the AGM Interior Awards and the NZIA Hawkes Bay Gisborne Architecure Awards, as well as serving as a national presenter for the NZIA Graduate Registration programme.

Ben Dallimore
Ben Dallimore

BAS, BArch, ANZIA, Registered Architect

After training as an architect at the University of Auckland, Ben began his career in an Auckland practice, before working with Lawray Architects and Noble Associates in London, and then as a senior architect for Vincent Chrisp Architects in Melbourne. Ben joined RTA Studio on his return to New Zealand in 2005, became an associate in 2007 and in 2018 became a company director for the practice.

Ben has extensive experience on projects of varying scale, budget, construction and procurement type. He has an appreciation of the different skills required when dealing with residential, commercial and institutional projects and understands the importance of establishing good working relationships to bring about great results in design, documentation and construction.

A specialist in institutional projects, Ben has helped develop and lead RTA's specialist Education Team, which has been recognised internationally for their recent school projects. Ben has a proven track record as the ‘centre of the wheel’ person on numerous jobs. He listens, facilitates or coordinates and leads.

He plays key roles in management of staff, systems and projects. A registered architect, he is an associate member of the NZIA. Beyond the practice, Ben is a member of the Learning Environments New Zealand (LENZ) National Committee, and the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Joint Contracts Committee.

Chris Ashford
Chris Ashford
Project Director

B.Arch, ANZIA Registered Architect

Newly appointed RTA Project Director, Chris Ashford, joined the practice in 2007 after five years working with other Auckland architects. Chris holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Unitec, Auckland, as well as a New Zealand Certificate in Architectural Draughting.

At RTA, Chris has managed a number of projects, ranging from $15m to $180m, as project architect and design team leader. He has honed his technical and construction experience in commercial and multi-unit residential projects and is an advocate of research and development of new construction detailing and methodology.

Chris has played a major part in developing the Revit and BIM RTA Systems, and coordinating between consultants.

Selected Press

Architectural Review Asia Pacific

  • Wanaka House 10/14

Architecture NZ

  • Whanganui Collegiate 9/19
  • 20 Years RTA 9/19
  • Scion 5/19
  • 44 Symonds Street, UoA 3/19
  • Waikohanga House 3/19
  • Freemans Bay School 3/19
  • Tarawera High School 11/17
  • Tarawera High School 7/16
  • Hellmann Logistics 3/16
  • Alexandra Park 1/16
  • Ironbank 3/10

Grand Designs NZ

  • Catlins House 2/16

Green Modern, Eco-conscious Contemporary New Zealand Homes

  • Wanaka House/Emerald Bluffs 10/14


  • Arrowtown House 11/19
  • E-Type House 1/16


  • Abberley House 11/19
  • Takatu House 12/18
  • Cardrona Hut 8/16
  • Puketui Valley House 1/16
  • E-Type House 4/15
  • Black Estate vineyard 9/13
  • Mackelvie St 9/13
  • C3 House 9/12
  • House for five 9/11


  • Turama House 1/19
  • Omaha House 8/18
  • C3 House 9/12
  • Farmhouse 9/11


  • RTA Studio 9/13
  • Mackelvie St 9/13


  • Mackelvie St Precinct 6/16