Innovations in workplace, education, health and heritage awarded at 2019 Auckland Architecture Awards
01 May 2019
In a strong year for Auckland architecture, 44 awards have been conferred upon a wide range of projects, including new schools and reworked heritage buildings, commercial enterprises, houses and apartment developments.
Many of the award-winning projects demonstrate how architecture can support new ways of working in education, businesses and healthcare, said Dave Strachan, convenor of an Awards jury that included fellow Auckland architects Natasha Markham and Evelyn McNamara, Wellington architect Ewan Brown, and Simon Wilson, senior writer for The New Zealand Herald.
“The awards jury was impressed by the ways in which architectural thinking is driving innovation, Strachan said.
“This is especially evident in schools and workplaces that are designed around new organisational approaches, and in large-scale masterplanning projects that show how to carefully manage growth in a rapidly expanding city. Many of these award-winners are important precedents for the city’s further development.”
“The awards hold a mirror up to Auckland’s significant issues. They show how to house people well in greater numbers, how to deal with our built heritage appropriately and how to provide focal points for communities,” Strachan said.
“Above all, the awards show how well-crafted environments can bring some joy into people’s lives.”
View an image gallery of the 2019 Auckland Architecture Award winners below.
The Auckland Architecture Awards are part of the nationwide New Zealand Architecture Awards programme, which are run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects and proudly sponsored by Resene.
Through the awards, the NZIA aims to show why good architecture matters in the ongoing development of New Zealand’s cities, towns and communities.