Two Studio Pacific Projects Win at 2023 Best Design Awards

We are absolutely delighted that both Chapman Tripp Workplace and Tākina – Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre were named winners at this year’s Best Design Awards!

The best in New Zealand design were honoured and celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau on Friday 6 October.

Created and organised by Toi Manahau Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ), The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of creative excellence in graphic, spatial, product, digital and moving image design from across Aotearoa and around the world.

Cathy Veninga, Chief Executive of DINZ says: “I can speak on behalf of this year’s convenors and judges when I say we were blown away by the calibre of entries, and it’s energising to see Kiwi design go from strength to strength, even on a world stage.

“The winning projects told important, engaging stories and dealt with confronting themes, offered innovative solutions to real problems, and pushed the boundaries of what design can do, whilst showing exceptional technical craft. It’s a privilege to bring the DINZ community together, and I can’t wait to see what next year holds.”

The following Studio Pacific projects were awarded:  

Chapman Tripp – Wellington Workplace won Silver in the Workplace Environments category.

Kaitautoko / Contributors: Studio Pacific Architecture, Egmont Dixon, Dunning Thornton, 335 Building Systems Engineering, Earcon and Marshall Day, Holmes Fire, Project Design Consulting Limited, RLB, Switch Lighting, TwentyTwo, Aspect Furniture, Backhouse NZ, Designer Rugs, Wilkhahn.


Tākina – Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre won Gold in the Public, Private and Institutional Spaces category.

Judge's Comments: International quality design by local firm highlighting confidence in our ability. The design that transforms its architectural form and materiality into a living ode to Pōneke Wellington's geography, culture, and climate, creating an iconic venue that marries sustainability with innovative design.

Kaitautoko / Contributors: Studio Pacific Architecture, Willis Bond & Co, LT McGuinness, Dunning Thornton Consultants, Beca, Holmes Fire, Mott MacDonald, RLB, Mashall Day Acoustics, RCP, Spencer Holmes, Harrison Grierson, Stantec, Tonkin + Taylor, Kuru Moeahu, David Hakaraia, David Trubridge, Chris Macdonald.


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, congratulations to all the 2023 Best Design Awards finalists and winners, our clients, collaborators, and project teams.

The Best Design Awards were established in 1988 and have been held annually since 1996. Explore the full list of 2023 winners here.

Chapman Tripp – Wellington Workplace

Chapman Tripp – Wellington Workplace

Tākina – Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre

Tākina – Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre