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Civic, heritage and education projects win Canterbury Architecture Awards

05 June 2018

Large and complex public and commercial architecture projects, innovative buildings for learning and restored Christchurch landmarks are among the winners of 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards.

In total, 34 awards were announced at the Awards event held at Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral.

The 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards are part of the peer-reviewed New Zealand Architecture Awards programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). The programme, sponsored by Resene since 1990, sets the benchmark for the country’s buildings and recognises the contribution of architects to their towns and communities.

The jury convenor for this year’s Canterbury awards was Christchurch architect Melanda Slemint. Her fellow jurors were Wellington architect Mary Daish, Christchurch architects Charlie Nott and Duval O’Neill, and Michael O’Sullivan, who has architecture studios in both Auckland and Lyttelton.

In reflecting on the awards, Ms Slemint praised the ability of architects to produce buildings of beauty, which function well and contribute positively to their wider environment.

“What really stood out is the way architects have been able to keep sight of the human scale, and the context within which the projects sit,” Ms Slemint said.

“Christchurch is undergoing a period of identity change, and some of the new projects speak eloquently about the quality of life we celebrate here.”

“The world’s best cities have a fine-grained rhythm that creates interest and variation and prevents streets and public spaces from being overwhelming. As post-quake Christchurch continues to develop, it is heartening to see that the city’s architects are attuned to the needs of people.”

Ms Slemint praised the diversity of the winners, noting that architecture is ultimately a team effort. She said that alongside the large offices, it was refreshing to see a number of women, younger practitioners and out of town architects receiving awards for Canterbury projects.

“The awards given out are a deserved acknowledgement of a very successful run of high quality new Canterbury buildings,” she said.

View a image gallery of winning projects below.

Winners by categeory:

Commercial Architecture

Te Kei – Athfield Architects 

King Edward Barracks –  Warren and Mahoney Architects


Cathedral Grammar Junior School – Andrew Barrie Lab and Tezuka Architects 

University of Canterbury College of Engineering – Warren and Mahoney Architects 

Christchurch Boys’ High School, New Hall – Jasmax 

Enduring Architecture

University of Canterbury School of Music (1974) ­– Thomas Associates, Charles Thomas 

The Wool Exchange (1964) – Warren and Mahoney Architects 


Glandovey Road – Warren and Mahoney Architects 

The Arts Centre of Christchurch, EA Chemistry Building – Warren and Mahoney Architects 

St Bartholomew’s Church – Dave Pearson Architects 


Black Rock House – Sheppard & Rout Architects

Rhodes House, ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ – PRau

Akaroa, Maison Rue Jolie – PAC, Paterson Architecture Collective and Glamuzina Architects 

Mount Pleasant House – Borrmeister Architect 

The Family Bach – Cymon Allfrey Architects 

Enberg House – Mitchell Stout Dodd Architects 

Ellis House – Sheppard & Rout Architects 

Conical Hill House – Sheppard & Rout Architects 

Housing - Multi Unit

Dublin Street Townhouses – Colab Architecture

Interior Architecture

Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct – Warren and Mahoney Architects, Opus Architecture and Cox Architecture

Christchurch NZ Office Fitout – Sheppard & Rout Architects

Christchurch Boys’ High School, New Hall – Jasmax

Cathedral Grammar Junior School – Andrew Barrie Lab and Tezuka Architects

Chapman Tripp – Warren and Mahoney Architects

Planning and Urban Design

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre – Athfield Architects

The Crossing – Wilson & Hill Architects

Lintrathen Gardens – Sheppard & Rout Architects

Public Architecture

The Piano – Centre for Music and the Arts – Wilkie + Bruce Registered Architects

Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre – Hamish Shaw Architects

Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct – Warren and Mahoney Architects, Opus Architecture and Cox Architecture

St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel – Architectus

Environment Canterbury Regional Council Building – Wilson & Hill Architects 

Small Project Architecture

Carters Estate Tennis Pavilion – PRau

Redcliffs Village Library – Young Architects