Inventive, curious, dedicated.
Bau Division is an emerging architecture practice working primarily in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. We aim to create lasting and meaningful designs that are backed up by technical rigour and strategic thinking.
Bau Division was founded in 2018 and is directed by John Baker, a registered architect and member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
John graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2006 with first class honours, and has since worked in four notable and award winning offices in Dunedin (Architectural Ecology), Auckland (Architectus), Zurich, Switzerland (EM2N Architekten) and Hamilton (MOAA Architects).
John has a wide range of experience in residential, commercial and education projects, including projects with a sustainable focus. Award winning projects John has worked on at previous firms include:
St John's Methodist Church (MOAA Architects)
A church with a square form designed to offer flexible layouts for worship and other gatherings. Recipient of the NZIA New Zealand Award for Small Project Architecture, 2017.
University of Auckland Science Centre, Auckland (Architectus)
Upgrades to buildings 301 - 303 within the University of Auckland Science Centre, comprising teaching spaces, laboratories, staff offices and student social spaces. Recipient of the NZIA Auckland Branch Award for Education, 2015 (Building 303). Recipient of the NZIA New Zealand Award for Education, 2018.
Ministry of Justice Manukau District Court, Auckland (Architectus)
A new building and refurbishment of an existing building housing courtrooms and staff offices. A major part of the project was arranging dedicated access routes for judges, jury, the accused and the public. Recipient of the NZIA Auckland Branch Award for Public Architecture, 2015.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin (Architectural Ecology)
A visitor centre for Orokonui Ecosanctuary, a 307 hectare predator-proof reserve in coastal Otago. Built to a 5 Green Star standard, it integrates recycled shipping containers and a number of environmentally sustainable features. These include harvesting of rainwater and solar power, water and heat conservation and waste water treatment. Recipient of the NZIA New Zealand Award for Sustainable Architecture, 2011.
University of Otago William James Building, Dunedin (Architectural Ecology)
A new building for the psychology department containing teaching spaces, research space and offices. Awarded the NZ Green Building Council’s category 5 Green Star rating. Recipient of the NZIA Southern Branch Award for Sustainable Architecture, 2010.
As well as a variety of other projects ranging from UBS Bank’s global headquarters in Zurich to school projects in New Zealand, and houses everywhere from Auckland in the north down to Alexandra in the south.