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Wellington events

Join a talk, tour, debate or discussion at the Festival of Architecture in Wellington

Take a tour of modern and heritage Wellington homes and buildings at this year's festival.

Photo courtesy of Patchwork Aarchitecture


15:00 - 18:00, Friday 21 September
Go behind the scenes of architecture studios in Wellington 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. Download a self-guided tour map.



At This Stage
14 – 23 September, Victoria University of Wellington Atrium, 139 Vivian St
An exhibition by Other Architects, Sydney, a young practice whose projects so far have been stage sets: temporary installations at architectural scale but without the complex demands of long term use. With construction due to commence on several larger projects – including a pair of cemetery pavilions, a country house and an apartment building – this exhibition is a platform for speculation about the ways the practice's specific interests will translate to permanent buildings. More information here.

Associated events: Exhibition opening event, 14 September, register hereLecture, Tuesday 18 September (see below)


Flash Exhibitions
Humbugaa (an art and architecture club started by Wellington architect Sam Kebbell and Melbourne painter Peter Adsett) is running a series fast-to-put-up / fast-to-happen / fast-to-come-down exhibitions that can happen anywhere: a corridor, elevator, bus stop, studio, office space or building lobby. Each exhibition begins at 17:00 and runs for half an hour. No catering. No fancy posters, just a quick fix to stimulate the mind before you head into the evening. Check out days and venues here.


NAWIC – Women In Construction | A Photographic Exhibition
14 - 23 September, Resene Thorndon Quay
Come and see a photography exhibition documenting the ways in which women participate in the construction industry. Download the exhibition flyer here.




Garage Talks Competition “Let’s talk about Venice”
Entries close 9 September 2018 
In the wake of NZIA’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Let’s talk about Venice” is an ideas competition to promote speculative thinking. Download the competition brief here.




Projectory 03 – Transpower NZ and Press Hall (SOLD OUT)
17:30 – 19:00, Thursday 20 September
Get in quick for this limited numbers (just 30 spaces) tour of 22 Boulcott Street and the Transpower and Press Hall fit-outs led by Micah Rickards, Guy Newton, and Allistar Cox. The tour wraps with refreshments in the Press Hall and a Q&A with the presenters. Book here

Festival House Tours
Take an opportunity to take a free tour of some of Wellington's most interesting houses. Remember to register, numbers are limited:

  • Stealth Bomber, Patchwork Architecture. 10:00, Saturday 15 September, 51A Ribble Street. Meet Sally Ogle from Patchwork architecture in her home and working space. Book here
  • (SOLD OUT) Zavos Corner Apartments, Parsonson Architects. 11:00, Saturday 15 September, 76 Brougham Street. A tour of Zavos Corner that includes access to the interior. Info here
  • James Fenton Architect Studio. 11:00, Saturday 15 September, 1 Randwick Road. Tour James Fenton's NZIA Award-winning studio. Book here
  • (SOLD OUT) Top Shelf / Bottom Shelf, Spacecraft Architects. 13:00, Saturday 15 September, 34 Ira Street. Tour a collaborative residential project by Spacecraft Architects (Top Shelf) and Mat Lee (Bottom Shelf). Book here
  • (SOLD OUT) McKenzie House, Cedric Firth. 15:30, Saturday 15 September, 270 Cockayne Road. A rare opportunity to visit a Cedric Firth-designed home now owned by two architects, Sharon Jansen and Alistair Luke. Book here
  • (SOLD OUT) 'Untitled 3', Geoff Fletcher. 11:00, Sunday 16 September, 55B Mount Pleasant Road. Join architect Geoff Fletcher at his soon-to-be-completed 'Untitled' project. Book here 
  • (SOLD OUT) Park Mews Apartments, Roger Walker. 13:30, Sunday 16 September, 54 Moxham Avenue. Join architect Roger Walker on a tour around this iconic Wellington buildingBook here



Monday 10 September

City Talk: Ben Schrader, "Four lanes to the planes? Yeah right."
18:00 – 20:00, City Gallery Wellington
For more than 50 years, Wellingtonians have been protesting against the advance of the urban motorway through the central city to the airport. This talk seeks to explain why. More information here.


Friday 14 September

Garage Talks: Let's Talk About Venice
18:00 – 20:00, Foundation Architects 
The winner of the 'Let's talk about Venice' competition will be announced at this evening lecture. 


Monday 17 September

17:30 – 18:30, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, 2 Taranaki St
'Off-route' investigates the practices of recent architecture graduates who have each managed to achieve something off the conventional pathway. Free. More information and registration here.


Tuesday 18 September

5x5x10 Experiential Experiments - NZILA Wellington
12:00 - 13:30, City Gallery Wellington
Join us for a preview of Wellington's Landscape Architectural talent as 10 Wellington-based Landscape Architects and students of Landscape Architecture present and discuss their work. Free. More information and registration here.


'At This Stage': Grace Mortlock, Other Architects
18:00 - 19:00, 18 September, Victoria University
Hear Grace Mortlock, co-founder of Other Architects, discuss the ‘other’ approaches the practice takes that challenge conventional wisdom, popular opinion and architectural trends. Other Architects recently received the 2018 INDE ‘Prodigy’ award for most promising design practice in the Asia-Pacific region.  Register here.

NAWIC – Women In Construction | 22nd Birthday Celebration & Presentation
16:00 - 19:00, Resene Thorndon Quay
Hays NAWIC Excellence Award winners will share their experiences at a celebration of NAWIC's 22nd year. Bookings required. Download the event flyer, including RSVP details, here.


Wednesday 19 September

Sir Ian Athfield Memorial Lecture
18:00 - 19:00, The Embassy Theatre
Allison Arieff, a prominent American writer on architecture and urban issues, will present this year's Sir Ian Athfield Memorial Lecture. Find out more about Allison here. Free. Book here.

Friday 21 September

“Their Presence Could Work a Revolution”: Early Women Architects in New Zealand 
12:30 – 14:00, City Gallery Wellington
Who were the women who trained and worked as architects in Aotearoa in the 1900s-1940s? This lecture by Elizabeth Cox tells the stories of those who contributed to the profession of architecture and why have they disappeared from our architectural history today. Free. Booking required. Book here.




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