Enjoy living and working in a healthy, energy efficient environment

With a focus on energy efficient, healthy homes and buildings, we focus on fulfilling and even exceeding your expectations and we Guarantee your Satisfaction 100%!

With a focus on energy efficient, healthy homes and buildings, we focus on fulfilling and even exceeding your expectations and we Guarantee your Satisfaction 100%!

Our principal architect, Richard Van Dorp is passionate about great design. His love affair with building began at the tender age of 12, when he designed and constructed a 20 square meter workshop in the back yard using materials from a demolished house.

Coming from a low income family, Richard had to work hard, labouring on farms to earn his tuition fees in order to realise his dream of becoming an architect. His passion kept him going beyond college. After graduating from the University of Auckland, he travelled extensively and experienced first-hand the unique designs and building methods used in different countries and climates where they cannot afford artificial heating or cooling to compensate for poor design.

Richard decided to draw on this extensive knowledge and specialise in energy efficient building and Passive Solar Design, which is the heating and cooling of buildings using only nature’s resources.

Moving to Australia, Richard had to wait for five years before he could work with an Australian architect and achieve registration. During that time, he became interested in healthy buildings, as he lived in a poorly designed home built with toxic materials that aggravated Asthma and allergies in his children. It made him determined to focus on planning homes that encouraged healthy living.

As a practical hands-on architect, who just loves experiencing the environment first hand, Richard has fostered a culture of excellence at Van Dorp Architects. Builders who work with the company know our projects are expected to be delivered on time and on budget – without any shortcuts.