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David Thornton

David Thornton

Principal

Based in the Auckland office, David has overseen the master planning and design phases of large retail and commercial office and mixed use developments for various clients including Kiwi Income Property Trust, NZRPG and Auckland International Airport Ltd. He was Project Director on the recently completed Centre Place redevelopment in Hamilton, and the Travel Careers and Training development at Auckland airport. David has led a variety of different scales of development, including some significant refurbishment and historic re-purposing projects. Of particular note are the award-winning Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Ipswich Riverlink, Victoria Point, Taigum and Sherwood Central. He has a strong focus on the stakeholders’ sensitivities to both design and commerce, drawing the team together to achieve successful outcomes across the spectrum. David is currently leading the project teams on DNZ Westgate, Lynnmall, 5 Mile and other projects throughout New Zealand.

Peter Zillman

Peter Zillman

Principal

Peter Zillman has had many years of experience in the master planning, design and delivery of major retail and entertainment developments throughout Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand. As Project Principal he has led the architectural teams on the Piazza Entertainment and Leisure Precinct at Logan Hyperdome, The Palms Shopping Centre in Christchurch and Home Central, Kawana. He is currently leading projects including the Northern Malls redevelopment at Robina Town Centre, Tweed City redevelopment and key retail developments in New Zealand.

Rob Guild

Rob Guild

Principal

Rob Guild is an award-winning architect who has delivered iconic and functional designs to some of New Zealand’s leading companies. With 25 years’ experience in design, project leadership, business development, administration and management, Rob joined The Buchan Group in 2013. Since then Rob has been the project architect for the Waitakere Mega Centre, Tauranga Crossing Shopping Centre, Auckland Airport retail upgrade, SkyCity Hotel Hamilton and the Long Bay Town Centre.
Previously, Rob was a partner in his own architectural practice specialising in supermarkets, bulk retail and transportation projects. He was also the Design Manager for Foodstuffs (Auckland) Ltd, where he was responsible for brand development, design and consultant management. Rob has received various awards for his supermarket and bank designs.
As a Principal of the Group, Rob’s focus is on leading the practice’s design processes, project teams and continual skills development, along with his ongoing work on major retail, commercial and mixed use projects.

Robert McFarlane

Robert McFarlane

Principal

Robert McFarlane spent almost two decades working for global architecture firm Foster + Partners in London and establishing and managing offices in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
He has worked on a wide range of international projects at all levels from concept to completion, encompassing master planning, transportation, commercial, mixed-use, residential, hospitality, institutional, civic and cultural buildings. Examples include the Arts & Cultural Quarter, Central Market Redevelopment and Sheikh Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, and the Supreme Court and Marina Bay Business & Financial Centre in Singapore.
Robert is currently the Principal responsible for the planning, upgrade and expansion of Sylvia Park, one of Auckland’s premium metropolitan retail hubs and one of the largest in New Zealand. The long term plans envisage a mixed-use development with public spaces, commercial offices, hotel and residential uses to complement the extension of the retail mall. Robert leads and oversees the design and coordination of the project with the client and consultant team.

Raylene McEwan

Raylene McEwan

Practice Manager NZ

With an extensive background in significant civic, residential and retail projects, Raylene has been with The Buchan Group since 2000, initially working on the Christchurch Art Gallery and quickly becoming a key contributor to the practice. In recent years Raylene has been instrumental in helping many of our clients with post-earthquake repair and reconstruction as well as new-build retail town centres and bespoke projects such as Manuka Bay Lodge and the Cathedral Bell Tower. With considerable client and project delivery experience, Raylene brings exceptional management skill to her dual role of project and architectural practice management, providing co-ordinated support to both of our New Zealand offices.

Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell

Senior Associate

Commencing with The Buchan Group Auckland in 2003, Daniel continues to fill a comprehensive project leadership role, where his more than 35 years of experience in architecture and construction have proved invaluable. Daniel has specialised in residential, retail, medical and commercial projects, including a decade of successful self-employment. For The Buchan Group he has led substantial retail and commercial projects, capitalising on his specific skills in project leadership, detail design, site administration and observation, CAD and manual documentation and specification writing, as well as office administration and management.

Charlotte Cochrane

Charlotte Cochrane

Associate & Head of Interiors NZ

Based in our Auckland office, Charlotte heads the Interiors team of The Buchan Group New Zealand. Working alongside architects Charlotte’s attention to detail provides out clients' interior spaces with a point of difference and innovative design, covering projects of many types and scales throughout New Zealand. With The Buchan Group completing the inner city Christchurch retail precinct of innovative design made from shipping containers, Charlotte headed the interior design project of Ballantynes Department Store’s relocated ‘Contemporary Lounge’ housed within 12 containers. Using her interior retail expertise to assist in re-establishing retail facilities in the CBD, a welcoming and vibrant retail precinct was created. Since completing this project Charlotte has been involved with further developments in retail design for Ballantynes Department Store with the opening of their ‘Fashion Atrium’ and ‘Contemporary Lounge’ featuring New Zealand and international brands including Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan, Kate Sylvester, Ted Baker, Ben Sherman, Miss Selfridge and Moochi. Charlotte is currently working on future developments within the Canterbury region as well as Auckland’s DNZ Westgate and LynnMall. Charlotte works closely with our International offices, which keeps her up to date with global trends.

Daniel Eiem

Daniel Eiem

Associate

Daniel is a true designer at heart. Since joining us in 2010, he quickly became involved in the design team for the Westgate Master Plan, and was integral to the planning and review of urban design aspects of the Comprehensive Development Plan. The culmination of this involvement in the Westgate masterplan saw him take a lead role in the developed design and delivery of the NorthWest Shopping Centre. Daniel is an unassuming, determined young designer who prides himself on delivering quality design outcomes within a commercial framework. Alongside the Westgate Master Plan and the NorthWest Shopping Centre projects, Daniel has also played a key role in numerous concept and master planning projects for major clients in the Auckland region, including the Sylvia Park and LynnMall Master Plans, as well as the Tauranga Crossing Development.

Tom Whiteman

Tom Whiteman

Associate

Tom has extensive experience as the project lead architect for the design & construction of a variety of large projects throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including retail, commercial & residential developments.