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Cummings Studio Architects Ltd is a small design practice based in Tauranga undertaking work across the Bay of Plenty and surrounds. Our focus is predominantly on residential work but we also work on small commercial, cultural, interior and retail projects.

The firm was established in 2012 by Camden and Peta Cummings, whom after working abroad for the past decade, have decided to bring their vast experience in architecture and interiors to the Bay of Plenty where they now call home, with their young family.

This husband and wife team consists of Camden and Peta Cummings; Camden being a fully qualified and registered architect, and Peta a qualified interior designer. This collection of skills enables us to think holistically in our approach to every project inside and out, from the largest context to the smallest interior detail across the whole gamut of architectural process.

Our commitment to each project means we only work on a small number of projects at any given time. Each project is worked on collaboratively in a studio environment and personally managed from start to finish. We work with locally sourced specialist consultants to support our project team where needed.

We are excited about our new practice and look forward to bringing a professional and fresh approach to the Bay of Plenty and beyond.

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camden cummings
Born in New Zealand in 1973, Camden originally practiced as a draughtsman after completing his NZCAD in 1992. Thereafter Camden worked in various small practices including being a sole practitioner for a number of years before leaving for The United Kingdom in 2000. In London Camden worked for two medium firms on a variety of commercial and residential projects. Following a number of years in London, Camden returned to Australia with his now wife Peta and moved to Melbourne where he took up a position with international firm Woods Bagot. More notably he later gained a role as a senior technician with internationally renowned Fender Katsalidis Architects. Camden worked at FKA on such significant projects as Eureka Tower, The Esplanade Apartments St Kilda, as well as various large scale competitions.

In 2005 Camden left Melbourne for Brisbane, and returned to Woods Bagot in their Brisbane studio to work as a Project Leader and Studio CAD Manager. In addition to working at Woods Bagot, Camden returned to study architecture at Queensland University of Technology where he graduated with first class honours in Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and subsequently attained his Masters of Architecture.

Camden then went on to join award winning Bligh Graham Architects in 2009 to pursue his passion for architecture and design in align with his studies to become an architect. Camden is a Registered Architect in both New Zealand and Queensland, and is an Architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and The Australian Institute of Architects. Camden has returned to New Zealand with his young family to establish Cummings Studio Architects Ltd.


peta cummings
Born in Brisbane in 1977, Peta completed a Bachelor of Built Environment major in Interior Design at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Upon completion in 1998, she worked with a colleague to foster a ‘sister school’ relationship with the University of North London where she continued her studies for another year. The call to stay in London was too great so she returned

to be employed in a medium sized Retail / Commercial architects office. It was here, working on the planning and design of one of the UK’s leading department stores, that Peta began her passion and experience for the Retail environment.

Upon moving to Melbourne in 2003, Peta worked for Varney DesignInc. in their Retail Interiors department. Projects varied in scale from Kiosk design and detail to 700 seat Food Courts on an international basis. It was here also that her extensive knowledge of the retail environment lead to the Design Management of these projects and development of various Design Guidelines / manuals on behalf of Landlords.

Upon her move to Brisbane, she was employed as Retail Design Manager for two of the largest Landlords in Australia; Westfield and AMP Capital Shopping Centres. She has been part of some of Queensland’s most recent Shopping Centre re-developments; Westfield Carindale 2012, Mt Ommaney Centre (AMP) 2010. Peta’s experience has provided opportunities to work both in detail with ‘Mum and Dad’ tenants and with large national/international tenants on behalf of the Landlord, to ensure the Design Guidelines and Requirements are implemented.

Amongst her professional experience however, her most valuable roles to date have been mother to two beautiful boys 5 and 2 and supporting wife to Camden while he undertook his Masters in Architecture over 6 years.