As Principal and Health and Sciences Sector lead, Stephen Middleton is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading architectural specialists in health, science and campus masterplanning. With over 25 years' experience in the architectural profession, Stephen’s work history is characterised by his stable management approach, constructive thinking, and mature design process, which has built successful long-term client relationships.
Stephen has a secure, sophisticated influence on projects with high public interest and complexity, typically large-scale, highly collaborative projects across many typologies, including healthcare, tertiary education and research, masterplanning, retail, transport, and commercial. Working directly with clients and stakeholder groups to develop challenging briefs, Stephen’s leadership, design, and project management skills have been integral to the long-term success of his work.
Stephen’s recent portfolio is noted for his involvement in two significant health and science campus redevelopment projects, which he led from inception to completion. The first is the Faculty of Medical Health and Sciences Grafton Campus redevelopment for the University of Auckland (2006-2020); the second is the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre for the University of Canterbury (2013-2019). Both projects combine specialist teaching and research spaces with clinical environments, laboratories, and administrative functions into large-scale hub facilities.
Stephen has also been involved in numerous health and science projects, including the development of Tōtara Haumaru within North Shore Hospital.