Jon McAlpine

TGA Ltd is a multi-award-winning practice with a core focus on residential design.  We pride ourselves on creating stunning architecture, ranging from homes on small sites to extensive beachfront & rural homes.  

I had spent 13 years with some of the Bay Of Plenty’s leading designers before making the step to head my own architectural practice. Thorne Group Architecture Ltd was formed in 2014.


Thorne Group Architecture is closely aligned with Thorne Group Design & Build, although the two companies do work independently, Working side by side with the building team enables us to produce the best possible detailed drawings, utilising labour and materials in the most efficient way possible.  This process saves you both time and money.  There are so many strengths and benefits of the way we work.  


My design philosophy is driven by simple pure forms. The absence of unnecessary elements uncovers a building in its true form.  In my view, this creates the best possible architectural response. Also, ensuring there is a seamless connection between spaces based on how clients live in a space.  It is the integration of design features that seamlessly blend form with function.    


What l do enjoy is creating homes of completely different styles and design format.  Each design has its own challenges and rewards. I absolutely do not have a  signature design style but will be lead by what appeals to each individual client.  Whilst the style and size of each home may differ considerably, l do apply certain design principles to each and every single home.  Firstly each home must reflect the client’s needs.  Secondly, every home must optimise passive solar energy and the design principals around this.


I like to take on a very proactive stance from initial design to liaising with project managers, builders, Quantity Surveyors and the like. I find this transparency and involvement in the process critical to creating plans that optimise material & labour, ultimately creating a better design whilst saving the client money. 


Outside the office is family time, enjoying what the Bay Of Plenty has to offer with my wife and two children.

Uno Magazine:  Summer 2021/2022

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