Working at Vitruvius

Vitruvius was formed in 2010 by Neil Mason, a civil engineer, and Ray Ladyman, a surveyor. 

Neil Mason
Ray Ladyman
Neil Mason
Ray Ladyman

Neil had recently settled in Tauranga having migrated from England where he worked with Balfour Beatty.  Neil came to New Zealand to build a new quality lifestyle for his family and the concept of building a quality work experience has extended to Vitruvius culture and policy.

Ray had worked in the Bay of Plenty land development sector for over 35 years with both Councils and local consultancy firms and decided he needed a change and wanted to help lead this.

Vitruvius is based in two key New Zealand centres, Tauranga and Wellington.  Vitruvius head office is in Tauranga.


Tauranga is one of the fastest growing provincial centres in the country and is renowned for outdoor recreational activity with golden sand surf beaches, a large safe estuarine harbour, and catering for many other outdoor activities: equestrian, cycling, mountain biking, off road motors sports to name a few.

Some of the team competing in the Mauao 40n4 – 2018 at Mount Maunganui


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and is known as New Zealand’s cultural centre. It is home to the NZ national museum “Te Papa” and many art galleries. Wellington is also home to a thriving film industry with companies such as Weta, Weta Digital, Human Dynamo supporting the creative sector with special effects, digital animation and computer gaming development. There are 3 university campuses in Wellington. Wellington is also the centre for NZ’s “café culture” with many informal and ethnic eateries.

Our business is built on gaining and sustaining successful relationships both with clients and with our staff.  A driving philosophy is “Its all about people”. 

Safety is paramount and this is developed at a reflex level by being the first item on any meeting agenda.  

Staff are encouraged and supported to gain their full potential e.g. through gaining advanced qualifications.   

All staff are encouraged to achieve a life balance where they can have a rewarding career, with people whom they want to work with, and which achieves a balance with family, recreational and personal aspirations.

Our culture embraces:

People: It’s all about people”.  We work with people we want to work with.  We wish to recruit, train and develop our staff to their full potential.

Offices:Work in an environment I am happy to work in”.  Providing a healthy and attractive work environment for staff.  

Clients: Only work with clients we respect, our business is relationship driven.  We actively develop and maintain relationships with our clients.  

Projects:Pick projects that are interesting”.  We are proud of what we do and look back with a sense of achievement and pride.

Expertise: Work with people who are at the top of their game”.  Vitruvius will act in a role of comparative expertise.  We do not wish to be seen as generalists.

Location:Work where I want to work”.  We currently operate from Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.  There is potential to grow into other locations.

Value: We seek to add value to our clients, and to Vitruvius.  We target higher value work and less working hours.

Satisfaction:I want to be satisfied by the work experience”.  This is the key to staff productivity and retention.