The NZIA Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is the highest individual honour an architect can achieve in New Zealand.
It honours those architects who consistently achieve the highest standards for – and with – their clients. Gold Medal recipients make an outstanding contribution to the practice of architecture, which is demonstrated through a consistently high-quality body of work over a period of time. Read their award citations below.
When we started out, we spent years hoping we’d get some work, and it was tough. We worked incredibly hard, and I think we still work very diligently. I don’t think we’ve ever got to a point where we take work for granted. There are a lot of good people working out there, and we respect that. We don’t think we get anything as of right.
Cheshire Architects, Auckland
I’m interested in a kind of clarity, a paring back. That, coupled with an acknowledgement that there are no singular answers anymore. I have no truck with revisited modernism, the kind of neo-modernism that’s going around. We’ve lost the modernist social agenda, so modernism has been disempowered. It has become a style thing.