Studio Gascoigne is a highly creative interior design and retail architecture hub,
renowned for creating many of the most memorable interior spaces
in New Zealand and well beyond. We are passionate and at the top of our game.
We believe that the over-riding aim of any business environment is to increase brand awareness and revenue, in a practical and cost effective way.
We know how to make this happen, by working closely with our clients with style, passion, fearlessness and that all-important experience that will truly engage customers.
Studio Gascoigne is New Zealand’s most awarded retail design firm and also the most experienced at retail roll-outs, although we do many one-off projects too.
Our team are specialists in retail design, hospitality, architecture, retail consulting, branding and lighting design. Together we have enormous experience to draw on for projects
of all types and sizes from individual cafes or boutiques to whole shopping malls.
Studio Gascoigne has won more that 170 awards for architecture, retail design, hospitality and interiors in New Zealand and Australia.
Our clients are mainly drawn to us by word of mouth, by referrals or as repeat clients. Several of our clients have been working with us for over 20 years.
The biggest measure of our success, however, is the profit increase our clients have achieved while working with us. These gains have been brought about not just by great design, but by working closely with our clients to help them lift their game in all key areas.
Our process begins with the understanding and defining the all-important brand experience – what we want the customer to feel and see and do. Sometimes we focus soley on improving part of the customer’s experience in a away which doesn’t involve any building or fit-out work.
We then prepare concept designs showing overall retail concepts and layouts and then, once reviewed with our clients, a developed design is created from client input. From there we prepare detailed design drawings, enabling the concept to be costed, consented and built. We offer a full “end-to-end” service from Concept Design to assisting with implementation of these concepts across whole chains.
We often work closely with our client’s preferred consultants to integrate the store design with their advertising, marketing, audio/visual and media systems.
We design boutiques, showrooms, flagships, malls, shopping precincts, cafes and restaurants – whatever the space and the purpose, the Studio Gascoigne team has the experience to deliver.
The design team of registered architects, interior designers, technicians and support staff who possess a wide and complementary range of skills with both international and local experience. Our people not only have design skills and experience, but also great enthusiasm and strong ‘people’ skills. We work tightly and pro-actively with our clients to provide the best possible design solutions. We have a flat internal structure, with each designer holding a key role. All of our team are selected for their combination of design flair, solid experience, excellent communication skills and the ability to ensure that the project is followed right through to meet our client’s particular needs.
Mark is a registered architect with more than 25 year’s hands-on experience and has worked on the design of over 1000 shops both in New Zealand and overseas. He is the principal of Studio Gascoigne and is passionate about design and encouraging creativity and innovation.
With a background in theatre and the music business before obtaining his architectural degree in 1984, Mark combines his interests in theatre and architecture with specialist lighting design.
Outside work Mark’s interests are varied and, as well as spending time with his family, he enjoys skiing, motorcycle racing and still plays lead guitar in a rock band.
François is a Conceptual and Digital Designer from several years of working with French design firms including 6 months in Shanghai working as an interior designer and project manager. François’ passion lies in conceptual design. His previous experience with a luxury Parisian architecture company, working for Longchamp, Louis Vuitton and luxury commercial centres in Brazil, allowed him to get a really good vision of details and branding experience.
There is not a lot that François is not passionate about, from his love of design, culture, the outdoors, surfing, cooking and positive attitude all of which make him a welcome addition to our studio.
Jaya is General Manager at Studio Gascoigne – joining the team in 2003. Jaya assists Mark in finance, client fees, HR, administrative and marketing management of the practice.
She is responsible for all time & cost related reporting requirements and acts as liaison for external contacts.
Outside office hours, Jaya loves spending time with family and friends – especially when food and wine are involved, at the beach and where time permits road trips and landscape photography. .
Sarah is a Senior Spatial Designer. Her main involvement has been rolling out well-known brands such as Telecom, Glassons, Rodd & Gunn and Nosh. She has also been involved in one-off designs such as the Kapiti Store, developing a new brand for Pumpkin Patch and rolling out Charlie & Me throughout Australasia.
Prior to working at Studio Gascoigne, Sarah has worked on a variety of jobs including Auckland International Airport, hospitality jobs such as Sale St Bar and a large range of retail stores.
Sailing and fishing around Auckland Harbour, together with running around the beautiful Waitakere ranges, is Sarah’s favourite pastime.
Jo is driven, enthusiastic and creative Interior Designer with extensive experience in the retail, leisure and residential sectors. Jo has spent the best part of the decade working for architectural firms in London, Melbourne and Auckland.
Jo has a genuine demeanor and ability to develop great rapport with everyone she works with. Clear communication is a main directive for Jo when establishing a new working relationship. She has an eye for detail, an efficiency and dedication to deliver a project to a very high standard.
A little bit of a fitness enthusiast, Jo has a love for tennis, swimming and dare she say it, exercising (!).