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Western events

Festival of Architecture events in New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Whanganui and other centres


Saturday 15 September & Saturday 22 September

Go behind the scenes of an architecture studio and find out what architects do and how they do it. A great event for students thinking of a career in architecture, those interested in commissioning an architect, and anyone interested in understanding the both the creative processes of building design and the practicalities of getting something built. 

Studios confirmed:

Elliott Architects, 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 15 September. Come and visit Elliott Architects studio during their open day. View some of their work and find out what an architect does, or get advice on a project! More information here.

The Dogbox, 11:00 – 16:00, Saturday 22 September. Come and have a nosey at the Dogbox, the hand-built-by-architects home and studio of Patchwork Architecture in Whanganui. More information here.


Daily activities

Tuesday 18 September

Andrew Patterson at the Len Lye Centre
18:00 - 19:30, Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth
Through his many award winning projects, recipient Andrew Patterson will give insight into the way he approaches design in Aotearoa. Free. Booking required. Book here.


Friday 21 September

The State of Housing
17:30 – 19:00, Whanganui Regional Museum
Bill McKay covers a brief history of state housing in New Zealand and offers some suggestions to how we might fix some of the housing problems we face today. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Christina van Bohemen (Sills van Bohemen) and Frank Stark (Whanganui Regional Museum). Download the poster here. Bookings required, please register here.