Michael Davis

BArch (Hons), BBSc, ANZIA, FNZIA

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Senior Principal

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Michael is a registered architect with over 35 years’ work experience and he contributes to the studio in many ways from the preparation of bids through to solving challenging construction problems.

Appointed to the position of Senior Principal in 2014, Michael has been with Studio Pacific Architecture since 1996.

He has a deep knowledge of the design of office buildings and their associated workplace interiors. His experience includes project work, either leading the base-build or the fitout team, and has grown into consultancy work in the evaluation and selection of premises. His other area of particular interest is education facilities and the new pedagogy that informs the design of these.

Michael has led some of the Studio’s major projects and his skills include space-planning, technical detailing, project management, contractual issues, and general quality management.

He has a particular interest in environmentally responsible design and aims to inform all of his projects with this as a foundation. 

His current project work is leading the architectural and landscape design teams for three new buildings at Parliament.

Michael is also a director of the New Zealand Architects Cooperative Society which is involved in the provision of professional indemnity insurance for architects.

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Bachelor of Building Science, Victoria University, 1982
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Victoria University, 1984
  • New Zealand Registered Architect
  • Member of New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Director of the New Zealand Architects Cooperative Society
  • Director of Acanthus Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law NZ Inc.
  • Site Safe Passport Holder


  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Urban Design