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Coco & Pepsi


We are a team of fun individuals from around the world who have come together under the roof of First Principles and become Whanau. We work together but we're more than just colleagues, We are family.

You can often find us out in the the evenings and weekends spending time with family & friends, creating some action on the water, or exploring all the sights that New Zealand has to offer. 


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First Principles Architects & Interiors is grounded on Graham’s own personality and approach to people and architecture

"I value the quality of time spent with people to develop long lasting relationships, which I believe is the essence of understanding a clients needs and vision. My interpretation, creativity and appreciation of spatial relationships and materials, together with the project’s financial feasibility and technical aspects of construction; all contribute to the design process and an exceptional outcome for all the stake holders."

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science (Arch) Hons Bath

  • Bachelor of Architecture Hons Bath

  • Registered Architect - NZIA

Recent Works

  • Mangatawa Head Office, Tauranga

  • Tauranga Intermediate School

  • Te Wharekura o Mauao Stage 2

  • Mount Central Retail, Mount Maunganui

  • Salt Multi Residential, Tauranga

  • Bethlehm Birthing Centre, Bethlehem

  • Tawa Street Commercial, Mount Maunganui

  • The Reserve Office Harington Street, Tauranga

  • Harcourts head office, 3rd Avenue, Tauranga

  • Aspire High Performace Gym, Bethlehem

  • Nga Hau Mangere Birthing Centre, Auckland

  • 17 Banks Avenue Offices, Mt Maunganui


Recent Works

  • Salt Multi Residential, Tauranga

  • Katikati Library & Community Hub, Katikati

  • Bethlehem Birthing Centre, Tauranga

  • Adelpha Womens Health, Bethlehem

  • Great Spice Restaurant x 3, Tauranga

  • Mount Royale Apartments x 4, Mt Maunganui

  • Excelsa Bar & Restaurant, Papamoa

  • TCC Office Fitout, Tauranga

  • Pongakawa School, Te puke

  • Tauranga Intermediate School, Tauranga

  • Oceanz Accomodation, Mt Maunganui

  • Te Wharekura O Mauao, Bethlehem Stage 1 and 2

  • Mangere Birthing Centre, Auckland

  • Natadola Intercontinental Resort & Spa, Fiji

  • Warwick Conference Centre, Vanuatu


Kate has been involved in interior specification & design in the Bay of Plenty for the past 12 years. Her philosophy is simple, to add value to projects through creativity within budget, in close collaboration with the client and the architect. This provides a delivery of service that is independent of the supply chain and results in spaces that are inspiring, comfortable and, most of all, workable.




Ray graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from Victoria University, Wellington. Ray draws on 13 years of experience backed up with 10 years of on site construction experience and significant university teaching involvement. He has gained professional experience on a wide range of commercial, boutique interiors and educational projects, along with delivering multiple residential architectural projects throughout New Zealand. Ray has extensive high level Revit and BIM modelling experience, controlling and co-ordinating 3D models from multiple consultants, thus ensuring the delivery of concise and accurate documentation.

Recent Works

  • Tauranga Intermediate School, Tauranga

  • Mangatawa Tari, Tauranga

  • Mount Central, Mount Maunganui

  • Salt Multi Residential Development, Tauranga

  • The Reserve Office Harington Street, Tauranga

  • Aspire Gym, Bethlehem

  • Coast Retail Development, Papamoa

  • Multi Storey Office Block, Tauranga Central

  • Mangere Birthing Centre, Auckland

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Christchurch

  • Curtis House, Nelson

  • Montgomery House, Wellington

  • Tiri View House, Waiheke Island

  • Hamilton House, Waiheke Island

  • 5A Grace Avenue Houses, Mt Maunganui

  • McDonald House, Mt Maunganui

Recent Works

  • Mount Surf Club, Mount Maunganui

  • Edgewater Villas, Tauranga

  • Luxridge Apartments, Tauranga

  • Omokoroa Town Centre Masterplan

  • Omokoroa Village Commercial & Residential

  • Whaioranga Trust Offices, Welcome Bay

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Orini, Whakatane

  • Excelsa Restaurant, Bar Fitout, Papamoa

  • Retail and Commercial 121 Maunganui Road

  • Farm Street Townhouse Development, Mount Maunganui

  • The Reserve, Tauranga

  • Oceanz Accommodation, Tauranga

  • McVicar Family Home. Papamoa

  • Tauranga City Council Offices

  • Salt Multi Residential Development, Mount Maunganui

  • Pongakawa School Refurb, Te puke

  • Tauriko Primary School, Tauranga



Chris joined First Principles in August 2016 while on a 12 month work holiday visa and has become a key member of our Team. Chris graduated with an Architectural Degree from the University of Kent in 2012 and has had 9 years work experience on various projects, including large multi residential developments, in the United Kingdom.


Chris has picked up the New Zealand Building Code and developed great skill in Revit based CAD since he has been with us. He is also skilled in Photoshop, Indesign and Sketchup.




Karima joined First Principles in March 2019 and has quickly integrated to became a vital part of the team. Karima graduated from the University of Pretoria with Honours Degree in Architecture in 2014. Karima has had 5 years experience on Residential, Multi Residential & Commercial work.

Karima is highly skilled in Revit, Image Rendering, Photoshop and CAD documentation.

Recent Works

  • Tauriko Business Estate Retail Fitouts

  • New Zealand Commercial Projects

  • Combrinck & Coetzee Physio Works, Rustenburg

  • Residential Projects in Rustenburg

  • Lifestyle Square Alterations, Rustenburg

  • Mount Royale apartment fitout

  • Salt Residential

  • Tawa Street Mixed Use Development, Mount Maunganui

  • Gym Fitout, Papamoa

  • Head Office Fitout, Papamoa

Recent Works

  • Signature Homes Office Fitout, Tauranga

  • Lot 13 Parton Apartments, Papamoa

  • Beaumont Apartments, Mount Maunganui

  • Bethlehem College, Bethlehem

  • Element Spa, Canada

  • Infinity Convention Centre, Canada

  • Peterborough Holiday Inn, Canada

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Sofie joined the First Principles team in 2021 while on a working Holiday visa and has become a valued member team working with both Architecture and Interiors.

Sofie graduated with an Advanced Interior Design Diploma from Georgian College in 2012 and has 8 years of design experience in Canada working on Hotel design (brands such as Homewood and Hoilday Inn), High End Residential and Commercial projects.


Sofie has experience with Revit, InDesign, Sketch-up and Photoshop. Since starting with us Sofie has been working with the New Zealand building code and is enjoying developing her architectural detailing skills.  

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Coco joined the team in 2018 when after thorough vetting she was determined to be the cutest team support and mascot. Her skills include but are not limited to napping, relaxing, giving a friendly smile while wagging her tail and increasing team spirit and morale. 

Pespsi joined us in late 2019 after it was decided Coco was in need of an equally adorable parter in crime. 

When you come to see us in the office be prepared to give lots of pats to the friendliest members of the team

Recent Works

  • Where did this come from?

  • Odd places to nap

  • Whats behind this thing?

  • Most Instagram likes

  • best beard

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