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Some of my favourite architecture in Christchurch is clever and appropriate post-earthquake builds.

Today features a selection of my greatest hits, plus my views on how and what is needed to create a great city and from the memories of it’s previous incarnation to engage current visitors and residents.

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NZIA Canterbury Quick Fire Presentation Series August 2016

Five local branch members from the NZIA, including yours truly, presented the ideas behind their own homes, which are in various stages of design/construction/completion recently to an excellent turn out at the NZIA Christchurch Branch rooms in the central city.

Presentations provided plenty of insights into tricky sites, post-earthquake considerations, budgets, influences, materials and final outcomes.

Presenters were
– Tim Nees (me) presenting the design for my home on Scarborough Hill, consented and ready for construction.
– Dan Sullivan presenting his parent’s recent award winning home he designed, ‘Ophir’ in Redcliffs.
– Mike Callaghan presenting his own small home in Huntsbury, was sort-of finished late 2014.
– Maria Chen presenting the design for her own townhouses on a back section in Sydenham, has just been granted resource consent.
– Michael O’Sullivan presenting his award-winning Lyttelton Studio Retreat, he designed and built himself.

NZIA Canterbury are aiming to make this a regular event so if you would like to be involved next time with your own home please let me know.

Lene Tranberg – Futuna Lecture Series 2016

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Danish architect Lene Tranberg will be delivering three lectures across New Zealand this March. Lene will talk about her architectural practise, highlighting her recent projects to demonstrate her approach, philosophy and influences.

Lene Tranberg has practiced in Copenhagen working in and managing the practice of Lundgaard and Tranberg formed in 1985. This is a significant and creative practice, which has authored some of the most important cultural projects in Europe. Winner of 5 RIBA European Awards, Danish Business Woman of the Year 2010, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog and judge in international architectural competitions such as Mies van der Rohe Award (2015) and Stirling Prize Jury (2011). Through her work Lene has accrued significant and worthy international acclaim.

Auckland – 6.30pm Wednesday 16th March
Christchurch – 6.30pm Thursday 17th March
Wellington – 6.30pm Saturday 19th March

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Sir Ath’s Memorial

Sir Ian Athfield’s passing was remembered in January by staff and ex-staff up at the house/office at Amritsar St, Wellington. Through ingenious architectural engineering, the space capsule version of the top of Ath’s tower was manoeuvred into place halfway down the hill. Zac eulogised. We sang songs. It was great.

Ready to Collaborate? The Four Foundations of Hiring an Architect


1. Personality. Meet them in person. How well do they communicate? Is there a rapport between you? Do they talk about their ideas in a way you can readily understand? Do they fill you with confidence?

2. Design. Look at their work. But more importantly, visit one of their buildings. Do you like it? Does it make you feel good? Is it well put together? Make sure it is the kind of architecture you connect with.

3. Reputation. Talk to previous clients. Seek recommendations.

4. Process. If they’re not upfront about timeframes, fees and cost, then it’s time to go elsewhere.

Private Cellar and Cinema

Here’s one from our archives. A private entertainment facility on the outskirts of Martinborough, built in 2006. Featuring a cellar with recycled brick vaults and a cinema with leather wall panels, contrasted against a plastered interior with recycled timber posts and beams. The exterior is concrete blockwork construction with stone cladding. Thanks to Justin Wright and Earl Rutherford who worked on this project.

Seeking New Projects for 2016


Titahi Bay House, Porirua, Wellington  outdoor living space  NZIA Local Award for Architecture  photographer Simon Devitt

Titahi Bay House, Porirua, Wellington outdoor living space NZIA Local Award for Architecture photographer Simon Devitt

Are you considering a new commercial or residential build in 2016? Our studio collaborates with clients who prefer engaging architecture that enriches cultural and physical space and enhances people’s lives.

We have worked on solutions from small baches and cribs to multi-housing and large business projects.

Referrals would be greatly appreciated so please spread the word or contact us directly to discuss your plans.

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