Mason and Wales, award winning architects, Dunedin.


Practice History: 1863 - 1963

On the retirement of the William Mason in 1877, Mr Thomas Stevenson joined the firm. Two years later, on Stevenson’s retirement, Mr N Y A Wales became the sole partner until 1891, when his son P Y Wales joined the firm. The buildings they erected and designed comprise many of the largest and most important public, mercantile and private houses in the city of Dunedin, throughout Otago generally and in various parts of the colony.

The second N Y A Wales was born in Dunedin in 1896, the son of P Y A Wales. He was educated at Waitaki Boys High School and after several years of building apprenticeship, he joined his father in the Architectural practice and then almost immediately went overseas as a soldier in the NZ Expeditionary Force. He was wounded in action and returned to New Zealand where he rejoined Mason & Wales Architects and completed his studies. Later, he was elected President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (1955-56), an office previously held by his father (1913-14).

In 1956, the third N Y A Wales (Niel) (1927 – 2011) became a partner in the firm, having studied at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin, and at the Auckland University School of Architecture, and following work and travel overseas in Europe, Canada and the United States. Niel was involoved with the modern day practice, up until his passing in 2011.

J O Aimers and R W Seaton joined the firm as Partners in 1962, and retired in the 1980s.

Recent History: 1963 - 2013

The current Architect Directors of Mason & Wales Architects Ltd are Ashley Muir, Francis Whitaker and Hamish M. Muir.

The team at Mason & Wales are proud to have enjoyed over 150 years in Practice.

In recent years, the practice has been involved in a very wide range of architectural commissions and project types, providing a wide range of professional services for projects all around New Zealand.

The practice is experienced with a range of building types, including single family houses, multi-residential accommodation, office, retail and industrial buildings, education, health and aged care facilities, and hospitality, cultural and tourism projects.

Projects include new construction as well as alterations, additions and refurbishment of buildings of all types and sizes, including historic and heritage protected buildings, with construction costs of built projects ranging from $10,000 to $100,000,000.

Mason & Wales Architects is also involved in large scale urban planning and land development projects throughout New Zealand.

This experience has given us a deep insight into a wide range of Client and building requirements and skills, and knowledge gained from our traditional and diverse strengths of single family houses and large commercial projects can be applied to enhance an increasing range of building types.

Projects that we have been involved with have been recognised with numerous awards and by many satisfied clients, contractors, building users and communities.