Architects in Residence

The International Architect in Residence programme gives students the opportunity to work alongside internationally significant architects to achieve an in-depth understanding of their approach and underlying ideas.

Established in 2010, the School of Architecture and Planning International Architect in Residence Programme brings to the University of Auckland renowned and talented architects from all over the world, thereby enhancing the opportunities for learning about contemporary practice and methods of working for our students and the wider creative community.

The programme enables students of the School of Architecture and Planning to work closely on major civic projects, enhancing the development of New Zealand's architecture and urban culture. Initiatives include public exhibitions, lectures and exposure of the architects' work throughout the country.

Below you can learn about the architects visiting the School this year, as well as browsing previous guests and their works.

The School of Architecture and Planning would like to acknowledge The Warren Trust for their continuous generous support of the International Architect in Residence Programme. For more information, visit The Warren Trust.

2017 - Annette LeCruyer & Brian Carter

Herzog & de Meuron, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

UK-registered and award-winning architects, Annette W. LeCuyer and Brian Carter joined us in 2017 as our International Architects in Residence.

Having practised in London with Arup, Foster Associates, and Allies & Morrison, LeCuyer and Carter have designed several award-winning buildings and are the authors of a number of architectural publications including Radical Tectronics, Steel and Beyond, and Johnson Wax Administration Building and Research Tower.

Professors at Architecture at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York, and impressively, Honorary Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, this architectural duo took time out to teach a postgraduate design studio during their time in residence, and attracted a packed audience with their popular presentation at the Fast Forward spring lecture series.

2016 - Bjarne Mastenbroek

Named Dutch Architect of the Year in 2009, and chairman of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects from 2010-2011, our Architect-in-Residence for 2016, Bjarne Mastenbroek is director and founding architect of SeARCH (Stedenbouw en ARCHitectuur) which he established in 2002. For more information, visit SeARCH.

Mastenbroek has been practising architecture in the Netherlands and overseas for over 20 years focusing on the role and responsibility of contemporary architecture with its surroundings, by regarding each project as a landscape rather than a simple structure through a, "continuous exploration into the intimate and reciprocal relationship between architecture and site."

Deeply passionate about creating healthy-balanced built and not-built (green) living environments, Mastenbroek explains, "A completely stone city seems to me a kind of horror scenario. Green is the calm component of the city, a constant factor. That is why I have a somehow obsessive relation to trees. Trees are to me something very important in urban life. I think I could never miss this basic quality.”

2015 - Colin Fournier

In 2015 the International Architect in Residence, Colin Fournier, taught in the second semester of our Master of Architecture (Professional) programme, in association with Manfredo Manfredini, of a design studio in the ideal city.

Colin Fournier was educated at the Architectural Association in London. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), and former Director of the MArch course in Urban Design as well as Diploma Unit 18. He is Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was an associate of Archigram Architects and Planning Director of the Parsons Company in California, USA, implementing large-scale projects in the Middle East, in particular the new town of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus in Austria, 2003. His recent project Open Cinema, in collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska, was designed for the city of Guimarães, Portugal, with a second edition in Lisbon, for the 2013 Architecture Triennale. He curated the 2013 Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and is Chairman of TETRA X, an architectural practice based in Hong Kong.
For more information, visit IRIS - Colin Fournier.

2014 - George Baird

Photo: Andre Beneteau

In 2014 we were privileged to host Emeritus Professor of Architecture George Baird, who is the former dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects.

Prior to becoming dean at the University of Toronto in 2004, Baird was the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He has published and lectured widely throughout most parts of the world.

He is co-editor (with Charles Jencks) of Meaning in Architecture (1969), and (with Mark Lewis) of Queues Rendezvous, Riots (1995). He is author of Alvar Aalto (1969) and The Space of Appearance (1995). His latest book: Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography was published by SUN Publications in Amsterdam in 2011.

Professor Baird’s consulting firm Baird Sampson Neuert is the winner of numerous design awards, including Canadian Architect Magazine awards over many years, as well as Governor General’s Awards for Cloud Gardens Park in 1994, Erindale Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2006, and the French River Visitor Centre in 2010.

Professor Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2010). In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he was selected as the 2012 winner of the Topaz Medallion of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

While he was in New Zealand, Professor Baird worked with School of Architecture and Planning students on a number of projects, and he delivered the penultimate lecture in the Fast Forward series.

Previous guests

The School of Architecture and Planning Architect in Residence programme continually attracts leading international architects to be a part of our environment. Here you can review further architects who have visited the University over the years.