Alastair Crabb

Director – BBSc, BArch Alastair Crabb

On completion of his Architecture degree from Victoria University Alastair worked for several small practices in Wellington focusing on residential and commercial projects. Alastair then went to work in London and became an associate at Sampson Associates who specialise in bars, nightclubs and restaurants where he gained great experience in project administration.

On returning to New Zealand Alastair took time away from the drawing board to further his construction knowledge, building a number of residential projects.

Returning to architecture in 2007 Alastair teamed up with Dan to form ArchitectureLab and together they enjoy a relaxed and practical approach to architecture with a focus on delivering contemporary, quality designs that last.

Alastair has a passion for contemporary design which engages with the site and the local environment. He brings to the table a focus on ‘big picture’ thinking with an eye on ensuring the clients overall objectives are always kept at ‘front of mind’ on all projects.

Dan Popham

Director – BBSc BArch (Hons) ANZIA Dan Popham

Since graduation in 1997 from Victoria University in Wellington, Dan has gained valuable experience in numerous architectural practices, both in New Zealand and in the UK before forming ArchitectureLab with Alastair in 2007.

Most notable practices worked for include TP Bennett and SOM where Dan undertook design, contract documentation and project management roles for multi-use residential buildings and projects for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and community facilities during a four year OE.

With a notable strength in clear and concise documentation, Dan is able to clearly illustrate the construction of complex building structures in a way which avoids confusion and potential variations. Together with a fair-minded and relaxed manner on site, Dan is able to efficiently administer projects to achieve the desired results for both client and contractor.

Dan has a passion for environmentally responsible construction, incorporating elements of passive solar and ventilation within the design to create comfortable and low energy buildings.


ArchitectureLab designed the NZ Transport Agency’s new Wellington Traffic Operations Centre. They were leading team players from concept design through to occupation, delivering a fully operational facility that was completed on time and budget. It was a pleasure working with Dan and Al, they are highly skilled at interpreting the client’s needs and turning this into functional design. It was a pleasure to work with them.

– Neil Carr – Project Manager, PropertyPathways Ltd