Collaborative Approachable Solutions-Focused

We are a friendly, creative team of designers who work with you to bring your design vision to life. Whether you are building a new home, embarking on a commercial project, or making additions or alterations to an existing building, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure a successful outcome. No project is too big or small for our experienced team.

Welcome to RW Design


RW Design is an innovative architectural design consultancy based in the heart of Kaiapoi serving a broad range of clients throughout North Canterbury. We listen carefully to our clients’ needs and deliver practical solutions for residential and commercial projects ranging from new buildings through to alterations or additions to existing structures.

Co-founded by renowned local architect Robin White and practice manager Rachel Horan, RW Design’s philosophy is centred on providing outstanding service to clients through clear communication, collaboration and building strong relationships.

About Us

Initial 45-Minute Consultation: What to Prepare


Building or renovating a home can be a complicated task and understanding where to start can be overwhelming. RW Design utilise a simple plan to complete our clients' design, first a non-obligatory chat with you to understand your needs and to help get the ball rolling.

A brief will help you to narrow down what it is that you want from your build, and what is most important to you. Here are a few goals and aims that you should prepare before your consultation:

  • What is your maximum budget?
  • How many bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces do you need?
  • What size home do you need – cool and compact or large and grand?
  • Is green building principles important to you?
  • Do you spend most of your time in your lounge, kitchen or bedroom?
  • Do you want a design and build team or do you already have a preferred building contractor?

For more information on what to prepare, please see our Getting Started page!

RW Design’s service is broken up into three stages to create and develop the perfect design for every one of our clients, these stages are as follows:

Stage One:


To carry out a site visit, receive brief and prepare a preliminary sketch plan concept, including proposed floor/site plans and preliminary elevations for your approval

Stage Two:


To prepare developed sketch plans, following discussion and revision of stage one, including developed floor plans, elevations and 3d images sufficient for budget estimates.

Stage Three:


To complete working drawings and specifications sufficient for pricing and construction purposes. Compilation of building consent application, documentation and submission to the District Council.

To ensure the same high quality of work is achieved, RW Design follow these six values: