Who We Are
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“We view sustainable sound architecture as a pivotal ingredient to a rich environmental culture and a vitally important aspect of a future sustainable society.”
Eco Workshop embraces architecture through sustainable design. Our work ranges from new buildings to sensitive intervention with older structures. We believe the quality of our surroundings can uplift our lives. We take a contemporary approach to spatial arrangement, materiality and form of our buildings. Eco Workshop has Professional membership of ADNZ: Architectural Designers New Zealand.
Biz Boyle has over 30 years of experience in the field of Design and Construction. After completing a building course in 1988, he built his family home in Portobello Dunedin. In 1994, Biz established the construction company Top Notch Builders Ltd, and his first design and build project was completed in the same year.
His first experience of designing solar passive eco houses was in 1997 when he designed and project managed the reconstruction of Luscar house, an 'off the grid' residence located on the Otago Peninsula.
In 2006, Biz founded Eco Workshop as the sister company to Top Notch Builders Ltd., specialising in eco-friendly, solar passive designs. For clients, Biz provides continuity from the first contact through the evolution of the design and documentation process.
For the past seven years, Eco Workshop has been working on the Christchurch rebuild as a consulting architectural firm contracted to Arrow and Southern Response, and Biz has been the lead consultant in Christchurch for Eco Workshop on this project.
Biz is a Professional Member of ADNZ: Architectural Designers New Zealand and a Licenced Building Practitioner holding Licence class Design 2 & Site 2.
Bevan Wood joined Top Notch Builders Ltd in 2004,with his primary responsibility being the production of building consent documentation. Under Biz’s guidance, he learnt about solar passive design and the use of environmentally sustainable materials.
Bevan progressed into producing concept drawings and working with Eco Workshop’s clients, translating their brief into reality.
Since 2013, Bevan has been responsible for the oversight and running of the Dunedin office, ensuring each project is approached carefully and diligently, with due respect to brief and budget.
Bevan was made Co-Principal of Eco Workshop in 2018, and is a Professional Member of ADNZ: Architectural Designers New Zealand and a Licensed Building Practitioner holding Licence Class Design 2.