Jon McAlpine - Director

I spent 13 years with some of the Bay Of Plenty’s leading designers before making the step to head my own architectural practice. Thorne Group Architecture Ltd was formed in 2014.

TGA Ltd is a small, multi-disciplinary practice with a core focus on residential design. We pride ourselves on creating stunning architecture, ranging from small but smart homes to extensive beachfront & rural homes.

My design philosophy is driven by simple pure forms. The absence of unnecessary elements uncovers a building in its true form. In my view, this creates the best possible architectural response while also ensuring there is a seamless connection between spaces based on how clients live in a space.  It is the integration of design features that seamlessly blend form with function.    

What l do enjoy is creating homes of completely different styles and design format. Each provides is own challenges and rewards. I absolutely do not have a signature design style but will be led by what appeals to each individual client. Whilst the style and size of each home may differ considerably, l do apply certain design principles to each and every single home. Firstly, the home must reflect the client’s needs and secondly, it must optimise passive solar energy and the design principals around this.  

I like to take on a very proactive stance from initial design to liaising with project managers, builders, Quantity Surveyors and the like. I find this transparency and involvement in the process critical to creating plans that optimise material & labour, ultimately creating a better design whilst saving the client money. 

Outside the office is family time, enjoying what the Bay Of Plenty has to offer with my wife and two children.

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Thorne Group Architecture

Jon McAlpine - Director

I spent 13 years with some of the Bay Of Plenty’s leading designers before making the step to head my own architectural practice. Thorne Group Architecture Ltd was formed in 2014.

TGA Ltd is a small, multi-disciplinary practice with a core focus on residential design. We pride ourselves on creating stunning architecture, ranging from small but smart homes to extensive beachfront & rural homes.

My design philosophy is driven by simple pure forms. The absence of unnecessary elements uncovers a building in its true form. In my view, this creates the best possible architectural response while also ensuring there is a seamless connection between spaces based on how clients live in a space.  It is the integration of design features that seamlessly blend form with function.    

What l do enjoy is creating homes of completely different styles and design format. Each provides is own challenges and rewards. I absolutely do not have a signature design style but will be led by what appeals to each individual client. Whilst the style and size of each home may differ considerably, l do apply certain design principles to each and every single home. Firstly, the home must reflect the client’s needs and secondly, it must optimise passive solar energy and the design principals around this.  

I like to take on a very proactive stance from initial design to liaising with project managers, builders, Quantity Surveyors and the like. I find this transparency and involvement in the process critical to creating plans that optimise material & labour, ultimately creating a better design whilst saving the client money. 

Outside the office is family time, enjoying what the Bay Of Plenty has to offer with my wife and two children.

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