Member of NZIA
Todd Allen is a Northlander, born and raised, having enjoyed life on the sunny Tutukaka coast before heading off to complete his education and travel the world.
Todd’s focus on architecture has seen him travelling extensively, experiencing first-hand the unique, the quirky, the historical, the visionary, and the downright mad within the world of architectural design. Buildings, objects, and landscapes capture Todd’s imagination and fuel his passion, and at the heart of this is a particular soft spot for sustainable design; both architecture and non-architecture related.
In fact, Todd endeavours to make his own life and lifestyle more sustainable by reusing any materials he can, especially native timbers and precious metals.
Working in beautifully with Todd’s life philosophy, his home environment is a lifestyle block with cattle and a few beehives, where he can often be found experimenting with alternative ways of productive farming. This includes building items out of reused or recycled materials and collecting seeds from native trees, which he then germinates himself and plants back onto his farm.
When Todd isn’t busy with work or on his lifestyle block, he can be found (or not found!) fishing, camping, snorkelling, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking, or tramping – basically doing anything outdoors and in amongst nature.
Todd genuinely enjoys the responsibility of running his own projects at HB Architecture, moving from conception through to completion. It gives him great satisfaction when the plans he works on (sometimes for months) finally become a reality, and clients can start enjoying the architecture for the purpose it was designed for. He also enjoys the variety this industry brings – both in people and tasks!
Todd’s recent projects include a key role in the design and documentation of the new service centre for the Northland Regional Council in Dargaville, and working on the Keith Andrews Trucks projects. He has also been involved in several residential projects throughout the Northland region, which require a high level of consideration and attention to detail.