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2014 President’s Awards

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In 2014, the following people and groups received NZIA President’s Awards:

Robert Finley

Robert Finley, a hugely experienced civil engineer and current President of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law, led the Registered Master Builders’ team on the NZIA Joint Contract Committee for a decade until the end of 2013. His contributions to the Committee’s work were invariably well considered, insightful and balanced. In this and other forums, Robert has been consistently supportive of architects, in particular of their role in the construction stage of projects, and the Institute is most appreciative of his hard work, generosity and collaborative approach.  

Derek McCormack

In the decade since he became Vice-Chancellor of AUT University Derek McCormack has led one of Auckland’s most significant architectural projects: the development of AUT University’s campuses. He has consistently championed high-quality architecture as a means of enhancing the learning experience and academic performance of his institution and of raising the profile of New Zealand’s newest university. The architectural merit of AUT University’s recent buildings is confirmed by a series of major awards acknowledging the buildings’ contributions not only to the university but also, and especially in the case of the Wellesley Street campus, to the wider city. The Institute applauds the informed and ambitious approach to architecture pursued by Derek and his colleagues.    

Lynda Simmons

As a member of a core leadership group Lynda Simmons devoted a huge amount of time and effort to the organisation in 2013 of a series of events and initiatives examining the current situation of women in New Zealand architecture. The ambitious campaign included an exhibition staged in four cities, an accompanying publication, and an engaging, day-long symposium. The programme, together with the Architecture + Women database and website, with which Lynda has also been closely involved, has raised the professional profile of women Architects and fostered collegial relationships among them, and ensured that gender issues in New Zealand architecture are given consideration. The Institute acknowledges Lynda’s generous contribution to an important cause.

Megan Rule

As a member of a core leadership group Megan Rule devoted a huge amount of time and effort to the organisation in 2013 of a series of events and initiatives examining the current situation of women in New Zealand architecture. The ambitious campaign, prompted by the 20th anniversary of a 1993 architectural exhibition marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, included an exhibition staged in four cities, an accompanying publication, and an engaging, day-long symposium. The programme, together with the Architecture + Women database and website, with which Megan has also been closely involved, has raised the professional profile of women Architects and fostered collegial relationships among them, and ensured that gender issues in New Zealand architecture are given consideration. The Institute acknowledges Megan's generous contribution to an important cause.

Julie Wilson

As a member of a core leadership group Julie Wilson devoted a huge amount of time and effort to the organisation in 2013 of a series of events and initiatives examining the current situation of women in New Zealand architecture. The ambitious campaign, prompted by the 20th anniversary of a 1993 architectural exhibition marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, included an exhibition staged in four cities, an accompanying publication, and an engaging, day-long symposium. The programme, together with the Architecture + Women database and website, with which Julie has also been closely involved, has raised the professsional profile of women Architects and fostered collegial relationships among them, and ensured that gender issues in New Zealand architecture are given consideration. The Institute acknowledges Julie’s generous contribution to an important cause.      

David Gibbs

Over the past year, David Gibbs has devoted a huge amount of time and effort to the task of preparing the NZIA Auckland Branch’s impressive submissions on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The proposed Plan is a far-reaching document with profound implications for Auckland's development – it will affect the lives of all of the city's inhabitants. The Institute acknowledges and appreciates David’s leadership of the group that produced the Branch’s response, which included a detailed, ward-by-ward mapping exercise. David's contribution to an exercise dedicated to the greater communal good was typically wise and generous, and in the best tradition of this Institute.

Graeme Scott

Over the past year, Graeme Scott has devoted a huge amount of time and effort to the task of preparing the NZIA Auckland Branch’s impressive submissions on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The proposed Plan is a far-reaching document with profound implications for Auckland’s development – it will affect the lives of all of the city’s inhabitants. The Institute acknowledges and appreciates Graeme’s leadership of the group that produced the Branch’s response. Graeme’s contribution to an exercise dedicated to the greater communal good was typically wise and generous, and in the best tradition of this Institute.

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