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2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards shortlist announced

04 September 2020

Forty-five projects from Whangarei to Wanaka have been shortlisted in the country’s leading architecture awards programme, the New Zealand Architecture Awards.

See images of all the shortlisted projects below.

Demonstrating the breadth of work undertaken by New Zealand architects, the shortlisted buildings in the peer-reviewed programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) range from an opera house, a bowling club and an airport terminal to an eco-sanctuary, an astronomy centre and a chapel.

The awards jury, led by Auckland architect Michael Thomson and including fellow architects Lynda Simmons, Fiona Short and Anthony Hoete, will also visit universities, a new secondary school, a cultural centre, a fale, a warehouse and a cricket pavilion.

Twenty-two residential projects are on the shortlist, and jury convenor Michael Thomson said it was particularly pleasing that five of them are in the multi-unit category.

“There has been a shortage of good-quality multi-unit housing in New Zealand, and it’s good to see this type of building getting the attention it needs from architects and their clients.”

Thomson said it is also heartening that buildings from all eight of the NZIA’s nationwide branches feature in the awards shortlist list.

“As you’d expect, there are multiple shortlisted projects from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but the jury will also be going to see buildings in Whangarei, Gisborne, Tauranga, Hastings, Whanganui, Nelson and Tekapo.”

“Some of these buildings are by younger architects, and it’s great to see new practices taking their place alongside established firms in the New Zealand Architecture Awards programme.”

Winners in the 2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards will be announced on 4 November. 


The shortlist

Commercial Architecture





Housing – Alterations and Additions

Housing – Multi-unit

Interior Architecture

International Architecture

  • SOF Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan, by Fearon Hay Architects

Public Architecture

Small Project Architecture


Please note: Alpine Terrace House and Te Pakeke by Fearon Hay Architects were included in an earlier version of this shortlist, but have been withdrawn.