For He’s a jolly good Fellow!

It’s official our President is a Fellow, and the NZIA have also realised this.  Well done Guy – you are now a recognised part of the NZIA institution.  Our official word (if a word can be official without being sanctioned by the President) is congratulations for having become a Fellow of the NZIA at the Wellington AGM last night.  Unofficially, of course, we’re expecting revolution from within their ranks – nothing like a good architectural uprising (or a party!) – we’ll be there to help out!


12 responses to “For He’s a jolly good Fellow!”

  1. Congatulations Guy!

    Really well done. It is great to have someone with as much inspiration and energy on Arch Centra and the NZIA. Welcome to the Fellowship!


  2. Congratulations – fine fellow. A well-deserved recognition…

  3. Curious and slightly embarrassing – I really don’t feel I deserve that at all. In true Academy fashion therefore, I would like to dedicate this Fellowship to my colleagues at the Architectural Centre, of whom we all know that Christine McCarthy has been the biggest driver and whirlwind force of energy behind the Centre for the last 10 years.

    If anyone really deserves an award for Architectural inspiration, without a doubt it is her.

  4. Is it possible for a woman to be a Fellow?

    Or does this go to show that the NZIA really is only an ‘Old Boys’ Club?

  5. Christine Avatar

    good point Abby – even less of a possibility when I think I’m no longer an NZIA member. I’d also better amend Guy’s compliments – the last 10 yrs of Arch Centre owe debts of gratitude to many many more people, Guy Cleverly, Nick Mouat and Simon McLellan too – all past presidents in the recent decade, and all contributed their own brand of leadership and energy to the cause … and probably a couple of them might even be members of the NZIA – but all are fellows.

  6. richard Avatar

    when’s the knighthood coming?

  7. Quite probably over my dead body…

  8. Great and well deserved recognition for a tireless and humble servant of Wellington architecture… That Guy finds it curious and embarrasing is typical. This is an award with its roots in the branches and as such has a substance grounded in fact, giving it significance beyond its poncy title! Perhaps the arch centre can follow the exemplary NZIA leadership and chip in with an alternative awards programme of its own in recognition of the Christine McCarthys and tireless architectural others outside of the NZIA authorised circle? Awards for NZ architectural writing, design teaching, design research, for effort and support of students, low cost architecture, below the radar but significant architecture, young architects award, small but significant architectural details…

  9. Congratulations Guy! While I’m not too familiar with your efforts at the Arch Center I can extrapolate your contribution, passion and energy from Guy the Educator. If you’re only half as good a president as you are teacher then the architectural discourse in NZ has a very bright future ahead of it.



    But what about that beard? I think it’s cool and very fellow-like. I think we should make it the subject of the next poll: “Guy – with or without the beard?”

  10. congratulations el presidente.
    “A fellow in the broadest sense is someone who is an equal or a comrade. The term fellow is also used to describe a person, particularly by those in the upper social classes. It is most often used in an academic context: a fellow is often part of an elite group of learned people who work together as peers in the pursuit of knowledge or practice.”

    I like this too though:
    Informal. beau; suitor: Mary had her fellow over to meet her folks.
    it tells me:
    bef. 1050; ME felowe, felawe, late OE fēolaga < ON fēlagi partner in a joint undertaking, equiv. to fē money, property (c. OE feoh, G Vieh) + -lagi bedfellow, comrade; akin to lair, lie.

    Anyway. a fine achievement comrade.

  11. Thanks Byron. The Urban Dictionary is a lot less PC than Wiki it seems. It classifies a Fellow as:
    1.a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman;
    2.a boy or man;
    3.a person who is member of your class or profession;
    4.a person who is frequently in the company of another; informal form of address for a man;

    and as an example of usage: 2.”that chap is your host”; “there’s a fellow at the door”; “he’s a likable cuss”

  12. clearly, in this case, item 3 is the one, and it does not preclude women. Not sure, however, how many women fellows there are / have been at the NZIA. I’m presuming that Helen Tippett at least was one, but I hope not the only one.

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