Combining design skills with service

Combining design skills with service
McCoy and Wixon Architects has won numerous NZIA Awards for commercial, education and residential projects.

When the only constant is change, McCoy and Wixon Architects takes pride in offering a strong design ethos and professional service ethic, delivering its clients a fantastic architectural response.
Matthew Mitchell, co-director of the Dunedin based architectural practice says it is not just the design and outcome but also the process and professionalism in which the company engages with its peers, consultants and clients.
“Given that we have built a strong reputation in this area over a long period of time, we’ve developed solid relationships with clients and consultants and that creates efficiencies. So our strength is a combination of strong design philosophy and the service that we provide throughout a project.”
The result of this collaborative approach is structures that function beautifully, impact appropriately with their environment and—most importantly—fulfill the client’s expectations.
Matthew says McCoy and Wixon’s service is personable and approachable enabling a sense of connection and collaboration throughout the journey – often a lengthy one.
“Clients come to us with a unique and bespoke brief and it is our job to interpret that into a fantastic result.  We’re not doing our job if we aren’t providing ideas and creative responses to the challenge in front of us.  It’s our role and expertise to weave a creative result that achieves or exceeds the client’s initial vision.”
Testament to McCoy and Wixon’s strong design philosophy is the spread of NZIA Awards collected over the years – a healthy line up across commercial, education and residential projects.
Based in the heart of Dunedin, McCoy and Wixon Architects operates predominantly throughout the South Island, with work currently coming from Central Otago, Dunedin and Christchurch Matthew explains that while McCoy and Wixon Architects undertake high-end residential projects, commercial architecture forms the backbone of the practice.
“We focus on commercial, health, hospitality, education, institutional, office fit-out work and supermarkets.”

Commercial architecture forms the backbone of the practice for Dunedin’s McCoy and Wixon Architects, while it has also undertaken heritage work with city churches.

Education is interesting with projects ranging from kindergartens through to primary, secondary and tertiary level facilities under construction.
“We have also undertaken heritage work with some of the churches in Dunedin – ranging from master planning through to the alteration and renovation of heritage listed buildings.”
Reflecting upon what makes a good design, Matt says that it is the impact that really good design has on the end users.
“It’s a result of taking into account the context of the building typology, location, the clients specific brief and combining all of those factors into a fantastic result.
“That’s our job and what really drives us is seeing that come to fruition through the completed projects.”
With a history spanning nearly 70 years, McCoy and Wixon Architects can put its name to a lot of Dunedin’s built fabric.
“There is enormous pride that comes with that, particularly when buildings have been acknowledged as being successful by our own clients and peers. Some buildings from decades ago have been acknowledged some time later by the Institute of Architects as being enduring examples of exceptional architecture.”
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