Dave Strachan is a New Zealand Architect and the Director of Strachan Group Architects. He is originally from Te Awamutu, and studied architecture at the University of Auckland. Strachan Group Architects has been operating since 1980, and began as a design and build company, because of Strachan's previous experience as a carpenter during the 1970's. The company is legally registered, as SGA Limited. Their studio and workshop is located in Morningside, Auckland.
Strachan’s prominent projects include:
- 339, Mt Eden. A robust and compact urban home.
- SGA Studio and Workshop, Auckland. The Architect’s own workplace; A warm working environment with a large, well organized workshop.
- Boatsheds, Auckland. A robust and elegant home which utilises natural materials.
- Owhanake Bay House, Auckland. A generous home that is well integrated into it’s coastal site.
- Urban Shed, Mt Eden. A significant renovation of a bungalow, which utilizes natural ventilation and passive heating.
Dave is recognized for his involvement in Studio 19; A design and build programme which he ran with Unitec School of Architecture from 2008-2014, that produced holiday homes, conventional houses, and social housing projects. Primarily as a means to support charity, the first Studio 19 building was sold as part of a telethon and raised more than $100,000 for the KidsCan charity. Studio 19 demonstrated how to build economically without losing design quality, through engaging with new prefabrication techniques and building off-site in modules. The result was faster, cheaper and higher quality buildings. According to Tony van Raat, former Head of the Department of Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology, the Studio 19 programme “has been a defining element in the school of Architecture at Unitec”. It also had a positive social effect, improving the standards and quality of social housing.
Throughout his career, Dave has developed an interest in energy efficiency, prefabrication and low environmental impact. David Mitchell was an influential teacher for Strachan, introducing him to environmental design during his studies at Auckland University. Dave later returned to the University of Auckland to complete his Masters in sustainable design. He admired the design of Glenn Murcutt and Peter Stutchbury, whom he studied under in 2002.
Strachan favours environmentally sustainable, and climate responsive passive design. He developed the innovative idea of a ‘Climate Modifying Room’; a bridge between the landscape and the interior, which can be adapted to provide cooling natural ventilation, or warmth from thermal mass.
Dave encourages building and making as part of the architecture process, to further learning and understanding of construction. His commitment to sustainable principles, experimentation, and prefabrication is evident in the design of the SGA Studio and Workshop.
The nature of the land and the nature of the climate informs each design. His use of the shed form reflects a direct approach to architecture, and is reminiscent of the New Zealand landscape. Aesthetically, he often uses dark cladding materials, as a means of receding into dense native bush, and respecting the tradition of black houses in New Zealand. 
- NZ Registered Architects Board https://www.nzrab.nz/Search/ArchitectDetail.aspx?r=2882
- Crafti, Stephen (2013). Designing with Black: Architecture & Interiors. The Images Publishing Group, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 9781864704853
- Nichols, Peta (2010). Profile: Dave Strachan. Houses, 17 (Spring 2010). 77-93.
- SGA Limited, New Zealand Companies Office https://app.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/109734?backurl=H4sIAAAAAAAAAC2LQQrDMAwEf%2BNLD3mBKDmFgg%2BF9APCWlpDLbuWXMjva0JvO8Ps0vgJW1ItjTXPZeCeXtdSBWTOKtwl%2BNFAUM8%2Bk%2FChfVsv8VayQwLLlzVB7qx4k%2FeBcJbHY56M1hj%2FvDv7sK3X0U79A%2BHJ0uR7AAAA
- Khouri, Camille (2017). All in the family. Interior, 24 (June - Aug 2017). 28-36.
- McCall, Claire. This home’s robust exterior is the perfect protection from a busy main road, HOME https://www.homestolove.co.nz/inside-homes/home-features/architecture-provides-respite-busy-urban-setting
- 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner - SGA Studio and Workshop https://www.nzia.co.nz/awards/national/award-detail/7100
- 2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner – Boatsheds https://www.nzia.co.nz/awards/national/award-detail/1820
- 2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner – Owhanake Bay House https://www.nzia.co.nz/awards/national/award-detail/3647
- Stratford, Stephen (2007). Trenta Case: Thirty Houses in New Zealand. GEON, Auckland. ISBN: 978000TRENTA1
- Stratford, Stephen (2015). Studio 19: Design Document Build. Unitec, Auckland. ISBN 9780473329228 Search this book on .
- Farrell-Green, Simon (2014). Social Housing: Report. Monocle 72(08). 224-225.
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