Thom Gill

b. 18 Oct 1971


After graduating and completing his professional registration in Auckland in 1998 Thom headed for London. For 8 years he was fortunate to work for several award-winning offices on a variety of arts projects culminating in the extensive refurbishment of the National Theatre Studio. In 2006 he moved to Copenhagen and after a first year of learning Danish worked as an architect there for 4 years, including a couple of tours in Beijing. Thom returned to New Zealand in 2012 and co-founded Studio Nord.




DGNB (Green Building Council, Germany) International Consultant, 2011

Danish Architects’ Association, Professional Registration, 2006

Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA, Professional Registration, 2002

New Zealand Institute of Architects, Professional Registration, 1998

Auckland Architecture School, Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, 1994

NZIA 4th Year Prize

Auckland Architecture School 4th Year Senior Prize

Auckland Architecture School Chisholm Drawing Prize

WD Wilson Prize for 3rd Year design

Auckland Grammar School, University Scholarship, 1988



2012 –    Studio Nord, Auckland

Dec 2008 – Nov 2011 senior architect, RH Arkitekter, Copenhagen

May 2008 – Dec 2008 architect, Dissing + Weitling, Copenhagen

Jun 2007 – Feb 2008 architect, Gottlieb Paludan, Copenhagen

Jun 2002 – Jul 2006 project architect, Haworth Tompkins, London

Jan 1999 – Jun 2002 project architect, Allies and Morrison, London

Nov 1998 – Jan 1999 architect, Tim Ronalds Architects, London

Mar 1996 – Aug 1998 architect, Architecture Brewer-Davidson, Auckland

Jan 1995 – Mar 1996 graduate, Jock Clark Architecture, Auckland



Helle Westergaard

b. 20 Apr 1970


Helle trained as an architect in Copenhagen and London before embarking on 10 years with some of the best practices in London. Highlights include the Lowry Centre in Manchester and the Virgin 1st Class Lounge at Heathrow airport. Helle was a design tutor at University of East London (UEL) for many years. From 2006 – 2011 Helle returned to her native Copenhagen and continued work despite the attentions of 3 young children. Now based in Auckland Helle founded Studio Nord with Thom in 2012.




Danish Architects’ Association, Professional Registration, 2006

Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA, Professional Registration, 2000

University of East London, School of Architecture, UK, Dip. Arch., RIBA Part 2, 1997

Distinction in design and technical studies

Nominated to represent University of East London for RIBA Silver Medal

Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi’s Arkitektskole, 1995



2012 –    Studio Nord, Auckland

Oct 2009 – Nov 2011 senior architect, RH Arkitekter, Copenhagen

Dec 2006 – Oct 2009 senior architect, 3XN, Copenhagen

2000 – 2006 Architectural Design Tutor, University of East London

Oct 2003 – May 2005 associate, Softroom, London

Feb 2002 – Oct 2003 enior architect, ORMS Design Architecture, London

May 2001 – Feb 2002 architect, Michael Wilford + MUMA, London

Sep 2000 – Apr 2001 architect, Niall McLaughlin Architect, London

Aug 1997 – Jun 2000 graduate, Michael Wilford & Partners, London