Oakley Gray Architects


Oakley Gray Architects Ltd is an accredited New Zealand Institute of Architects Practice operating from our own building at 567 George Street, Dunedin.

The present company was formed in October 2009 when previous senior employees Peter Porteous and James Stodart bought out the share of John Gray, and so joined Norman Oakley as directors. Prior to this in early 1992, John Gray joined the long established practice of Oakley Pinfold Turvey & Co. and the firm was rebranded under the Oakley Gray logo. In turn, Oakley Pinfold Turvey & Co. derived from the merger in 1963 of two pioneer architectural practices, McDowell Smith and Mandeno & Fraser separately responsible for many notable buildings erected during the early European development of New Zealand.

Although based in Dunedin, Oakley Gray Architects undertake commissions throughout the South Island. Our work range is diversified but a sizable proportion is in the design, documentation, procurement and contract administration of a wide range of commercial facilities. These projects range in scope from minor office alterations, to multi-million dollar buildings which are either new work, or more typically refurbishment and reworking of existing office space.



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Norman Oakley: Director  B Arch, BBSc, FNZIA, Registered Architect

Norman is a registered architect and a director of Oakley Gray Architects Ltd with 27 years experience in all forms of construction. He has extensive experience in development projects and has worked in the Maldives, Kiribati, Cook Islands, and Samoa.

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Peter Porteous: Director B Arch, FNZIA, Registered Architect

Peter is a registered architect and director of Oakley Gray Architects Ltd, with 20 years experience in the architectural industry. He has particular expertise in heritage and health care projects, and considerable experience in the aged care sector.

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 James Stodart: Director

James is a director of Oakley Gray Architects Ltd with 32 years experience in the industry. He is involved in all aspects of design and construction supervision with particular expertise in planning of documentation and contract administration. 

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Dallas Roff: B Arch (Hons), NZCD (Arch), ANZIA - Dallas is a registered architect with 19 years experience in the architectural industry. He has particular expertise in education work.











Burns House

Burns House Entry

Redesign of commercial office building entry lobby.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army Buildings

Upgrade and remodelling of premises for centralisation of activities on one site

Custom House

Customhouse Restaurant

Extension and upgrading of existing building for fine dining restaurant.


Croft Resthome

Presbyterian Support operated facility incorporating semi-independant apartments through to hospital level care

Otago Polytechnic School of Hospitality

Otago Polytechnic School of Hospitality.

Four commercial kitchens, a restaurant and student lounges were created for the relocated School of Hospitality.

Regent Theatre

Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Complete redevelopment and refurbishment of Dunedin's iconic heritage theatre.

Civic Theatre

Invercargill Civic Theatre

Restoration and redevelopment of Invercargill's historic Civic Theatre.

Maori Hill House

Maori Hill Residence

New residence on restricted leg-in property 

Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station Restoration

Total refurbishment of this iconic Dunedin landmark building

Arana College

Arana College Accommodation Block

University student accommodation overlooking the campus.

South Otago High School

South Otago High School


New Technology Suite, incorporating the latest in the Modern Learning Environment design thinking.

Arana College Kitchen and Dining Rm

Arana College Kitchen/Dining Rm

A new commercial kitchen and Dining Rm for large University Hall of Residence.