building for 50 years
Swan Railley Architects has its origins in the 1950's when David Swan left Walker Hillary & Swan to found the 1959 practice of D. G. Swan specializing at that time in new homes, alterations and additions in the desirable suburbs of Auckland. In 1969 Robert Railley partnered with David Swan to form Swan & Railley. The practice size and name changed over the years (Swan Railley & Associates, 1977; Swan Railley Paterson, 1981; Swan Railley & Associates Ltd, 1988; Swan Railley Clapham & Associates Ltd, 1995; and again Swan Railley & Associates Ltd, 2001) with David retiring in 1986 and Robert collaborating with various gifted designers over the years - in particular Robert Paterson and later Linda Clapham.
In 2010 the practice was restructured as Swan Railley Architects (australasia) Ltd with three long term employees (Chris Pollard, Graeme Ricketts and Ron Fox) taking on the directorship role. Robert Railley remained with the practice until 2011.
Since the early 1990's significant commercial and resort work has been carried out in the Pacific Islands. Recent designs, in both New Zealand and the Pacific, have encompassed multi-residential housing, renovations, tourism, commercial and governmental projects whilst always retaining a core of exquisite, carefully crafted homes in the company repertoire.
Over the years our team has maintained a consistently high standard of operation, creating design solutions that integrate the building functions and site harmoniously whilst reflecting the individual aspirations and objectives of the particular client. A solution that is appropriate to one architectural problem is unlikely to be appropriate for another. The resulting building character is allowed to evolve in response to the design brief rather than a preconceived formula or an applied style. The large number of works completed to a high standard and the variety of building form is testimony to the degree of thought and effort that is invested in each individual project.