Dr Anthony James Hoete

BArch(Hons), March (UCL), PhD (RMIT)


Kō Mataatua me Captain Cook ngā waka, Ko Ngāti Awa me Ngāti Rānana ngā iwi, ko Mōtītī toku moutere, ko Patuwai te hapū. My greatest credentials are from what I experienced and learned whilst at Kawerau College. Learning in the shadow of Pūtauaki: Nga mate i Kōhī me tangi mai i Kawerau, nga mate o Kawerau me tangi atu i KōhīThe rest is from others:

Anthony is a Professor of Architecture (Māori) and is of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Ranana descent. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Auckland, a Master of Architecture from The Bartlett at University College London, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has practiced in Aotearoa New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. In 2002 founded his own practice, WHAT Architecture, in London, which has received Royal Institute of British Architects, New Zealand Institute of Architects, and many other architectural awards for its innovative projects. A registered architect in three countries, including The Netherlands (SBA), the United Kingdom (ARB, RIBA), and Aotearoa NZ (NZIA NZRAB), Dr. Hoete has designed 130 residential (all scales), commercial, and educational buildings, and several other urban designs, furniture, and marae projects, mainly in Europe and also in other parts of the world including Aotearoa New Zealand. He is the MD of the London-based property developer, Game of Architecture, which specialises in build-to-rent affordable housing made from CLT. He has taught at The Bartlett UCL, TU Delft, the Architecture Association in London, Sint Lucas Architektur in Brussels, the American University of Beirut, and RMIT in Melbourne.

Anthony is the Pouwhakahaere (Director) at QuakeCoRE, NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience funded by the NZ Tertiary Education Commission and a Trustee of The NZUK Link Foundation which, under the Patronage of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Princess Royal, serves to enhance the close relationship between NZ and the UK.

Anthony undertakes various Assessor roles including with: MBIE, Earthquake Commission, and the RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) programme. REDI is co-funded by the European Union to create new research and enterprise links between Australia and Europe.

Research | Current

Main research interests are:

  • Ngārchitecture: new Māori architecture including: Ngāti Awa Marae Atlas, navigating the return of the UK whare Hinemihi, tikanga and mātauranga Māori in the core curriculum, kō-design of future whare, reconstruction of the whare tūpuna Tānewhirinaki with Ngāti Ira, papakāinga and whare wananga with Ngāti Kuta me Patukeha ki te Rāwhiti, >>FFWD21 Transcolonisation lecture series,
  • 6W:  wai, whenua, wao, wheketere, whare, whanau. Wide ranging research into waterways, Māori land ownership, iwi-owned forestry, off-site digital fabrication, cross-laminated timber, new enhanced forms of papakāinga, familial well-being
  • Sites Pacific: research into the specificity of South Pacific architecture

Teaching | Current

ARCHDES 701 | ADVANCED DESIGN 2: The Housing Puzzle

ARCHDES 200, 300, 400, 700: Urupukapuka, Papakāinga at Rāwhiti

ARCH743: TRANSNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Teaching is underpinned by my 20-year experience as a Founding Director of a RIBA Chartered Practice, and as a Dutch British NZ registered architect.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising MArch(Prof) and Doctoral theses whereby the research question is driven and honed by the post-graduate student. Nonetheless my own research interests are described above. I will be looking for four goals with any postgraduate supervision:

  • innovation
  • relevance (Social, Ecologic, Economic)
  • rigour
  • funology


* PhD

  • Amber Ruckes - ‘Matemateaone: the construction of a Whare Kārangitahi through a Te Mahurehure kaupapa.’ 2020-


  • Matthew Connolly - ‘Waimate - Foodbowl of the North' 2021
  • Pranjali Puri - 'A Vastu Shastri - Tikanga Māori approach to homeless housing' 2021\


  • Isabella Muirhead - ‘TBC' 2022


2021 NZIA International Award (Affordable Housing in London)

2016 Winner of the RIBA Journal Amtico Design Challenge

2015 Resene National Colour Award

2015 NZ Institute of Architects’ Award

2011-2 London Metropolitan University: Best London Office Award

2011 RIBA London Awards shortlist

2011 Honourable Mention, Sydney Street Works, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

2011 London Metropolitan University Award

2011 Construction Awards Shortlist

2009 Blueprint Magazine ‘Top 25 Design Offices’

2008 Yorkshire Rise mobile pavilion finalist

2007 Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award finalist

2007 Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building

2007 RIBA National Award winner

2007 RIBA London Award winner

2007 Civic Trust Award

2006 Hackney Design Award Winner

2006 Best Design Led Regeneration Project in the UK (Building Magazine)

2006 Finalist, Next Generation: Architecture Foundation

2005 Finalist, NZ Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, London

2004 Honourable Mention, Paris 2012 Olympic landmark Invited Competitor

2000 Second Prize, Akzo Nobel -Absolut Vodka Millennium Café, London

1998 Second Prize, Sergeant Gallery Extension, Wanganui

1998 Finalist, NZ House of the Year

1997 First Prize, Community Complex And Gymnasium, Awakeri, NZ

1994 Honourable Mention, Temple Of Laughter, Los Angeles, US

1991 Venice Prize For Schools, Biennale Di Venezia, Italy

1990 First Prize, Urbane House Competition, Wellington, NZ

1986 NZ Institute of Architects’ Student Prize


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's European Doctoral Innovation programme, Barcelona

Pouwhakahaere and Associate Director, QuakeCoRE - Centre for Research Excellence in Seismic Resilience 

Facilitator, Expert Group of Senior Indigenous Researchers, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

2021 FFWD21>> Curator,  Fast Forward Lecture Series: Transcolonisation www.fastforward.ac.nz

2021 M.Arch.(Prof) Advisor

Areas of expertise

Research through design, design through research, Kō-design, indigenous-led design, practice based research, problem-based learning, gamefulness

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Registered Architect: ARB RIBA (UK) SBA (NL) NZRAB NZIA (NZ)

2021 Expert Indigenous Researchers, sponsored by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

2021- NZ registered Architects Board NZRAB Reg No. 6119

2020- NZ Institute of Architects Registration  NZIA  Reg No 38750

2014-20 Hackney Design Review Panel Member

2013- RIBA Awards Jury

2012- East London Multilingual Free School (French-English) Founder

2011- London Borough of Newham Design Review Panel

2011- Chairman, Te Maru O Ngati Ranana, London

2010- National Trust Advisor (UK)

2009 Spain Now! Architecture Curator

2008-11 National Building Specification Advisory Board of the UK

2008- London Borough of Brent Design Review Panel

2007- London Borough of Hackney Design Review Panel

2007- Swindon Design Review Panel

2007- Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Authority Advocate

2005-9 London Borough of Hackney Local Education Authority School Governor

2005-7 Showroom Art Gallery Board of Directors

2005- Advisory Board, Interstices Journal (Social Theory, Design and Urbanism)

2004- UK Registered Architect ARB Registration Numbe  069191G

2003 - RIBA Chartered Member Registration Number 10677469

2003 Advisory Board, ‘ab1’ First Dutch Architecture Biennale (Mobility), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2003 Education Advisor: Architecture Education Programme, Netherlands Architecture Institute

2000- Stichting Bureau Architectenregister Dutch Registered Architect No. 1.990515.006

1998- NZ Civil Aviation Private Pilot’s Licence (Cessna 152, 172)

Contact details

Alternative contact

Maui Pehiamuopatuawai Hoete 

Office hours

24-7-365: GMT and NZST

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 422
New Zealand

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