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Hear Dave Strachan speak about 'The land, the weather and no.8 wire'

06 April 2021

Our 2020 Gold Medallist will speak at eight locations around Aotearoa during April and May.

For his Gold Medal lecture series, aptly titled ‘The land, the weather and No. 8 wire’, Dave will discuss how the forces of nature have shaped his practice, helped nurture his passion for sustainability and equipped him with the skills to respond to a future where the only certainty is a changing climate.

In his youth, much of which was spent working on farms in the King Country, Dave took note of how the prevailing wind could be determined by the lean of vegetation, watched rivers rise after the rain and felt the temperature shift from one side of a ridge to the other.

More often than not, when they were worn down by the elements; sheds, fences and equipment were fixed rather than being replaced, “often by the No. 8 wire approach, by the farmers themselves”, Dave says. He’s carried that mentality with him throughout his practice.

Now the principal of Auckland practice Strachan Group Architects (SGA), the Fielding born, Te Awamutu raised former chippie is more than 40 years into a career that began when he talked his way into architecture school back in 1975.

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal lecture series kicks off on 28 April in Tauranga and Strachan will also speak in Wellington, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Wanaka and Auckland.

Tickets are free thanks to the support of Aon, but we ask that you reserve a place for catering purposes. 

Book your tickets 

Tauranga — 28 April, The University of Waikato

Wellington — 6 May, Embassy Theatre

Napier — 7 May, MTG Century Theatre

Nelson — 12 May, Trafalgar Centre

New Plymouth — 14 May, Len Lye Centre

Christchurch — 19 May, Christchurch Town Hall

Wanaka — 21 May, The Rippon Hall

Auckland — 26 May, ASB Waterfront Theatre


Read more about Dave Strachan and the Gold Medal.