Ken Collins

APEC Registered Architect - BBSc, BArch (Hons), ANZIA

Ken Collins



Architectural Design and Project Management

Campus Design


Laboratory Health and Safety standards


Bachelor of Building Science, Victoria University of Wellington, 1980

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington, 1982

Work History

1981 - Present : Pynenburg & Collins Architects (Director) and Lab-works Architecture (Director)

Current Role & Responsibilities

Director & Architect of both Lab-works Architecture and Pynenburg & Collins Architects Ltd


Registered Architect - New Zealand Registered Architects Board

Member - New Zealand Institute of Architects

Key Projects

  • Victoria University of Wellington: Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemical and Physical Sciences. Teaching and research laboratories, along with support facilities.
  • Massey University, Riddet and AgHort: rationalisation of various teaching and research laboratories into a new complex of both new and refurbished buildings.
  • Massey University, Ecology:  teaching and research laboratories, along with support facilities.
  • Aotea Pathology: renovation of pathology and medical laboratories, including support facilities.
  • ESR Christchurch: Rationalisation of existing facilities, plus the addition of a new forensics laboratory and administration areas.
  • ESR Kenepuru: campus redevelopment and new laboratory facilities. Toxicology, Blood Alcohol, Drug Testing, Meningococcal vaccine laboratories. Forensic sciences laboratories, Reception, Seminar and Support facilities, Dangerous Goods stores.
  • AgriQuality New Zealand Ltd, Gracefield: new 1800m² facility including Ultra Trace, Trace Organics, Veterinary Medicine & Pesticide Residues, Dangerous Goods, Sample Login and Admin Offices.
  • AgriQuality Australia Ltd: Melbourne facility for Genetics and Seeds laboratories.
  • GNS: Redevelopment of laboratories for Hazards, Thin Section, Tritium laboratories, Analytical Instrumentation facilities, Library, Geonet and computing facilities.
  • Nelson Hospital: Histology/Pathology Laboratory.
  • Wellington Regional Council: Water Testing Laboratory.
  • Environmental Laboratory Services Ltd: Environmental Laboratories.
  • Works Infrastructure: Bitumen testing laboratory.

Ken has also presented papers at various laboratory design conferences in Australia and the USA.