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The Art of the Contemporary House

By AC EVENTS, Lectures

On Thursday 18 August, the Architecture Centre would like to welcome you along to the School of Architecture for an evening’s presentation on:

The Art of the Contemporary House, featuring 3 works of architecture by acclaimed local architect members of the Architectural Centre. It promises to be an evening of education, erudition and entertainment. Please join us.

Nibbles from 5.40, then presentations from 6.00 till 7.30   CPD points will be sought, for those RAB….

We will be featuring work by Simon Twose, with his (very) Concrete house;
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The Art of the Contemporary House (De Jersey Clere, Concrete, and Humbug)


The Architectural Centre is proud to present a triple-bill lecture, featuring three respected local architects, Sam Kebbell, Judi Keith-Brown, and Simon Twose, reflecting on their recent domestic projects. Conceptual and literal landscapes, the relationship between art and architecture, and contemporary interventions to heritage buildings are just some of the topics that might be evoked during the discussion.

Please join us in the School of Architecture Atrium from 5:40pm, 18th August, for Nibbles and Gossip, before the lecture proper begins at 6pm.

Book Review and Launch: 4 Architects

By AC EVENTS, Comment, Lectures, Party

Bill Alington, Jim Beard, Bill Toomath and Derek Wilson (ABT&W) have undoubtedly been outstandingly influential on Architecture in Wellington and in New Zealand.  Their body of work, extending from the late 1940’s to the 1990’s typically exhibits a modernist style, largely inspired from their education and work in the UK and the US.

The book “4 Architects” attempts to catalogue the key work of each architect and provide some insight into the inspiration and creative thinking behind each of the Architects and their works . 

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Tsunami Box

By Lectures

On Friday 26 March, the Architectural Centre and the Wellington branch of the NZIA is delighted to launch the latest book from Gerald Melling, Tsunami Box.


Tsunami box tells the story of an architectural journey into the heady tropics of emergency housing in Sri Lanka, following the Asian tsunami of 2004.

With tenacious commitment, an eye for detail, and a reckless sense of humour, architect and author Gerald Melling launches fundamental ideas about architecture onto the troubled waters of post-tsunami re-construction and hopes to see them float.

They sink, of course, but not without a trace – this book offers genuine insight into the nature of ‘good intentions’ and the anatomy of a useful architecture.
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