PAWA Architecture

Cairns | Papua New Guinea

Field Architecture

Without Limits

Architecture For People

For Community


We are Pawa

PAWA Architecture is a Cairns and Papua New Guinea (PNG) based creative design studio specialising in climate-responsive, tropical and sustainable architecture.

Our vision is to provide “architecture for people, for community” and is embedded within all of our design projects which is the key driver to our success.

PAWA has the necessary skills to undertake a wide range of design categories comprising residential, commercial, industrial, education, health, civic and tourism projects.

We specialise in tropical architecture, community-focussed remote field architecture, aid development and disaster responsive design.



PAWA derives from the PNG pidgin translation of “strength” and “power” and underpins our core values and design ethos:

“We as Architects must strive to build up, empawa and repawa, not only people but community throughout the entire architectural design process.”

The term “Architect” is reserved for those persons only whom are registered under a government-regulated board in their respective state or territory in accordance with the Architects Act (2002). The main objective of this Act is to protect the public by ensuring the services of an architect are delivered in a professional and competent way.

PAWA has Registered Architects under the Board of Architects Queensland and the Board of Architects of Papua New Guinea respectively.

Each PAWA project is precisely managed and handled by one of our Registered Architects from start to finish to maintain a level of confidence in the standard provided to our clients.

PAWA is also PQC Registered under the Queensland Government as a Level 3 (Industry best practice) Consultant.

Architect’s Registration # QLD
Architect’s Registration # PNG


health (hospitals & health centres)
education (schools, universities & libraries)
aid development projects
emergency architecture (disaster response)
donor funded projects
community engagement
residential developments
multi-residential developments
community centres
sporting facilities
multi-purpose halls
commercial offices
interior fit-outs
hotels & tourism projects
government offices
industrial buildings
recreational facilities
staff accommodation
warehouse developments

PAWA’s rich understanding in tropical design expertise and sustainability is applied to each and every project across Far North Queensland, Papua New Guinea and throughout the rest of the Pacific Islands. We are recognised members of the Green Building Council of Australia including Greenstar Accredited since 2010 and hold this status with great pride.

PAWA’s capabilities spread across four key design categories and most often are undertaken simultaneously within each of our projects.


tropical design





Senior Executive Management

  • Andrew McFadden

    Managing Director & Senior Architect

  • Janet Kimbu

    PNG National Director

  • Nicky Swan

    Community Engagement & Relationships Manager


Pawa Partners

PAWA has formed a number of partnerships with various organisations as part of a unified project delivery and quality assurance strategy for our clients. These partnerships include professional memberships and registrations, volunteering in professional chapter committees, active participation in local events, business groups and marketing.


Where to Find us

PAWA has a network of offices within Australia and Papua New Guinea. Our team of international professionals work seamlessly with clients across Australasia and the Pacific providing services to the highest quality.

Contact details :

Cairns Office

Port Moresby Office