Chapple Architecture – arguably Manawatu’s best known and valued architectural firms – began its journey back in the swinging 60s.
David Chapple joined with fellow architect Jack Cantlon to form Cantlon & Chapple Architects in 1969. Initially competitors, they joined forces and together were able to tackle much larger projects. A local firm now had the experience and resources to ease out their big-city competitors operating in the Manawatu.
The firm thrived, and in 1983 David took over the business when Jack retired. Susie Elms worked alongside David for 20 years before buying the business herself in 2006.
Susie now leads a team known for their skill and range of ability. Susie has an enviable knowledge of the construction industry and is talented in interior design and colours. Susie worked with David on significant commercial projects including The Science Centre, Te Manawa, and the Downtown Complex.
Pictured above: David, Susie, and Ian Athfield with a model of the Science Centre in 1991. The photo, by Graeme Brown, featured in the Manawatu Standard.