100 years for University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning

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The University of Auckland School of Architecture & Planning alumni gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel.

The University of Auckland School of Architecture & Planning alumni gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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MC for the evening Elizabeth Aitken Rose, with planning lecturer Lena Henry, who did the mihi.

MC for the evening Elizabeth Aitken Rose, with planning lecturer Lena Henry, who did the mihi. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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The staff and invited others performing the waiata.

The staff and invited others performing the waiata. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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Head of School, Julia Gatley.

Head of School, Julia Gatley. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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Courtroom Brown provided the musical interlude. All are architecture graduates, including singer Elisapeta Heta.

Courtroom Brown provided the musical interlude. All are architecture graduates, including singer Elisapeta Heta. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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Guest speaker David Mitchell reflecting on his own time in the School, first as student and later as a staff member.

Guest speaker David Mitchell reflecting on his own time in the School, first as student and later as a staff member. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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Phil Negus spoke on behalf of the sponsors, APL and Metro Performance Glass.

Phil Negus spoke on behalf of the sponsors, APL and Metro Performance Glass. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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Guest speaker David Mitchell.

Guest speaker David Mitchell. Image: Andrew Lau Photography

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The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning celebrated its centenary with events from 7 to 9 September. There were four exhibitions:

  • The Auckland School: 100 Years of Architecture and Planning, focusing on the history of the School and showing at the Gus Fisher Gallery until 4 November – it is a major exhibition and no-one can recall seeing so much work filling the gallery. It is fascinating for showing changes in building design as well as changes in architectural media and ways of drawing.
  • Design Studio in Action, featuring current student work as well as students talking about their work.
  • 100 Years of Architecture by Women, comprising an expanded version of the Architecture + Women New Zealand timeline and on display until further notice.
  • 100 years, 100 Books, in the Architecture and Planning Library, with rotating exhibitions of books running until the end of 2017.

A book on the history of the School, also titled The Auckland School: 100 Years of Architecture and Planning, was launched at the exhibition opening at the Gus Fisher Gallery. The place was packed and the crowd extended down the stairs outside. The book can be purchased from a range of outlets, see here.

On Friday 8 September and Saturday the 9th, the School hosted an academic symposium on the architectural and planning education and a series of panel discussions with alumni, reflecting on the School and how it has changed over time.

The culminating centenary event was an alumni gala dinner on the Saturday night at the Pullman Hotel, attracting 280 people. See images of the evening in the slideshow above.


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