Join Our Team

Lab-works Architecture is a busy, growing practice with both Wellington and Christchurch offices. We enjoy hearing from skilled architects, designers, technicians and graduates who are interested in joining our friendly and award-winning team. We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, with plenty of opportunity for career progression.


Job Vacancy

Architectural Graduate

Do you feel inspired to create brilliant spaces that enhance health, mood and lifestyle of people across Aotearoa? Spaces where top scientists around the country feel empowered to discover breakthroughs, businesses and nonprofits carry out their best work and homeowners feel right at home? Then join our growing, diverse team, and expand your career in architecture.

Pynenburg & Collins Architects was established in 1981 by university friends, Ron Pynenburg and Ken Collins. We’re now one of New Zealand’s leading architectural practices, operating both the PCA brand in the residential, community and commercial sectors and the Lab-Works Architecture brand - as award winning specialist laboratory architects. This combination gives our team varied work experience that is unique to Aotearoa. And we’re proud to say that over 50% of our team are women (which is rare for the construction industry).

Our values here at Pynenburg & Collins are what drive us. We’re Creative by nature - taking opportunities to express ourselves, whether that be through our projects, on the easel we keep in the kitchen, or while urban sketching as a team. We command Trust and Respect, treating each other, our clients and suppliers as we’d like to be treated. We take pride in our Honest and Ethical approach, as we know that for some clients our work is their financial and physical livelihood, and we want to respect that in every decision we make. And we’re Accountable and Appropriate - taking a holistic view of our work.

We’re a team of problem-solvers that take pride in the quality of our work, and we’re looking for like-minded people to join us on our journey. On Fridays in our Wellington office, we host sharing sessions across our professional projects, personal design styles, and of course, highlights from our recent holidays ‘architectural tours’ to exotic locations. We enjoy socialising and host regular team dinners. And when you join the team, you’ll get a yearly ‘Day for You’ - where you can spend it however you’d like to remind you of why you entered the architectural profession. Along with our yearly community day, which last year involved planting trees and cutting gorse in the Remutaka Forest Park.

As an architectural graduate you will ideally have about 4 years of experience, as you’ll provide support to senior architectural staff in the preparation of design drawings and construction documentation. You will be an integral member of our design team and will work closely with others in the office. We are more than happy to support you in gaining experience as you work towards registration. 

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification

  • strong design skills

  • an ability to communicate well with a variety of people

  • innovative thinking

  • an ability to work well as part of a team

  • a sense of humour and

  • pride in your work.

If you think this role is for you, then apply now via email. Salary is negotiable depending on your skills and experience. We can be flexible in our working hours and have a very family-friendly workplace. The role is based in the Wellington office.

NOTE: This position is only available to NZ residents or people with a valid NZ work permit. We do not accept CVs or applications from employment agencies; to ensure you are considered, please contact us directly.