2012 President’s Awards
In 2012, the following people and groups received NZIA President’s Awards:
When he came to New Zealand from the UK more than 15 years ago Dave Fullbrook immediately set a high standard for the integration of building services and building design. Since then, he has become a highly influential practitioner of, and advocate for, energy efficient and sustainable design. Progressive in his thinking, generous in sharing his considerable knowledge, and creative in his contributions to the design process, Dave continues to exert a positive influence on this nation’s construction industry.
Sir Harold Marshall
Architect and engineer, practitioner and academic, and pioneer in the field of acoustic design, Harold Marshall has enjoyed a long and accomplished career stretching from his collaboration with Miles Warren on Christchurch Town Hall to recent work with Zaha Hadid on Guangzhou Opera House and Jean Nouvel on the Philharmonie de Paris. International recognition has deservedly come his way: his technical expertise, allied to a strong design sensibility, has made many fine buildings work acoustically. A teacher and a musician as well as an acoustic designer, Harold has spent his working life enhancing the human experience of architecture.
Over the course of a 35-year career Chris Day has established an outstanding reputation as an acoustics engineer, particularly in the areas of concert hall design and environmental noise control and assessment. His professional specialisation and personal interest in music have coincided in international projects such as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and Philharmonie de Paris. Architects have much cause to appreciate Chris’ involvement in projects because, aside from his specialist competence, he has a strong and sympathetic interest in design, and a welcome ability to find a common language that allows all collaborators to follow the same script.
Rau Hoskins has more demands on his time and skills than can possibly be accommodated in days of only 24 hours, but he continues to make the extraordinary contributions to his profession and his community that have characterised his career over the past 20 years. Currently he is, among other things, teaching and researching at the Unitec School, working in a Maori- and Pasifika-focused architecture practice, chairing Te Matapihi, the national Maori housing support body, advising the government on Maori housing issues, and helping to run Ngā Aho, an organisation for Maori design professionals. Recently, he also found time to present a 13-part television series on Maori architecture which screened in 2011.
Norrie Johnson is one of those knowledgeable, generous and collegial personalities without whom an organisation such as the NZIA cannot function effectively. Over many years he has freely contributed his time and his considerable expertise in statutory and regulatory matters to the Institute and to his colleagues. NZIA members have good reason to express their gratitude to Norrie for his hard work on difficult issues with far-reaching implications for all architects, and many members will also have particular cause to thank him for his willingness to act as mentor to his professional colleagues.
In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes John Chaplin has performed sterling service to his fellow NZIA members by advocating for the interests of architects and their clients in the complex negotiations over insurance claims and project management regimes. In this work John has drawn upon his many years of experience as an assessor for the Architects’ Registration Board and his knowledge of the Licensed Building Practitioner system. Less formally, John has addressed to NZIA members a series of informative missives on Christchurch much-appreciated for their good-humoured insights into a difficult situation.
As editor of Home NZ since 2005, Jeremy Hansen has performed a valuable role as a sympathetic and knowledgeable intermediary between the architectural profession and the public. As well as promoting the work of architects in the magazine he has initiated a programme of presentations by local and overseas practitioners and, through the annual Home of the Year programme, has revived the important part played by the old Home and Building magazine as a chronicler of New Zealand architecture. Generous and courteous in his dealings with architects, Jeremy, during his editorial tenure, has helped the profession put its best foot forward.
During a long career as a librarian at the University of Auckland, many of them in senior roles, Jane was closely associated with the School of Architecture. She worked hard to establish the Auckland Architecture Archive, a significant repository of historical material from local practices, and was involved with numerous exhibition and publishing endeavours. Jane has been consistently supportive and encouraging of anyone undertaking such projects, whether they be from the academy or the profession, and has brought a courteous efficiency to all her professional dealings.
Through his painterly visualisations of as-yet unrealised projects Ian Stantiall provides a valuable and even flattering service for many New Zealand architects. Trained as an architect, and so equipped with a good understanding of the profession, Ian has made an outstanding success of his second career. The quality of his work, which fuses hand drawing and digital technology, has brought him international clients and international awards. He has always pursued a thoroughly collaborative approach, and never fails to meet his own standards and his clients’ expectations.
In the year when a book of Malcolm Walker’s architectural cartoons finally appeared, it’s appropriate to acknowledge the enjoyment those cartoons have given New Zealand architects over the past 30 years. Malcolm is a treasure of the local profession: in his cartoon strips he covers subjects that others are loathe to write about, or even talk about. He is always relevant, unfailingly funny, and often pointed, but his cartoons are never mean or gratuitous. These cartoons constitute a graphic chronicle of several decades of New Zealand architectural history, compiled while Malcolm has also been running a highly regarded architecture practice.