Fast Forward lecture series

Fast Forward is Te Pare School of Architecture and Planning's annual lecture series. It aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning.

 Terrace House by Austin Maynard Architects
Austin Maynard Architects, Terrace House / Supplied

A well-known and respected event in the community, Fast Forward is generously sponsored by GIB® and supported by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects.

10 NZRAB CPD points are available at each lecture. Attendance at each talk is free. All welcome.

The 2024 Fast Forward series comprises three captivating lectures, each highlighting a distinguished architect as the speaker. These renowned architects will delve into their unique design philosophies, methodologies and groundbreaking projects through engaging slideshows, offering valuable insights and hoping to spark critical discourse within the architectural community.

Join us as we embark on a journey of exploration and discovery, pushing the boundaries of architectural discourse and envisioning the future of our built environment.

Julia Gatley and collaborators - Celebrating Architectural Conservation in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

Closeup of Julia Gatley wearing glasses and facing straight into the camera
Julia Gatley / Supplied

Wednesday 1 May, 5.30-7.30pm*

Design Lecture Theatre 423-348,
University of Auckland Building 423,
22 Symonds Street, Auckland City.

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This talk serves as a book launch for Celebrating Architectural Conservation in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

375,000 words. 592 pages. 60 contributing authors. This landmark book has broad-ranging subject matter extending from the Aleutian Islands in the north to Antarctica in the south and numerous islands in between. As a taster for the book, this session will follow the Pecha Kucha format, with eight rapid-fire presentations from some of the authors of the book’s chapters on Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands.

Speakers include:

Join us for what promises to be a fun, informative session of snippets from John H. Stubbs, William Chapman, Julia Gatley and Ross King’s new book, Architectural Conservation in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands: National Experiences and Practice (London and New York: Routledge, 2024).

*Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.30pm. Presentation will start at 6.30pm

Pip Cheshire - There is no view that is not improved by a decent bit of architecture

Pip Cheshire portrait
Pip Cheshire / Photo: Architecture Now

Wednesday 8 May, 6.30-8pm

Lecture Theatre 439 (Neon Theatre)
Engineering Building 401,
20 Symonds St, Auckland City.
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Pip Cheshire

Pip Cheshire was the founding director of Jasmax and later the founder of Cheshire Architects.

He served as President of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) from 2014 to 2016, where he oversaw the development of Te Kawenata o Rata, a covenant between the NZIA and Ngā Aho, a society of Māori design professionals.

His prolific output – including work on the Museum of New Zealand and the Britomart urban renewal project in Auckland – and service to the profession has been recognised with a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003 and Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2013, the highest individual award an architect can receive in New Zealand.

In the most recent New Year’s Honours list, Pip was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to architecture and commitment to the betterment of New Zealand’s built environment.

Andrew Maynard - Housing People Now

Wednesday 24 April

This event has ended. Watch the recording below. 

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard began Austin Maynard Architects (then Andrew Maynard Architects) in 2002. Born, raised and educated in Tasmania, Andrew moved to Melbourne after graduating from the University of Tasmania.

He has won many awards, including: the Canberra Medallion; The Eleanor Cullis-Hill National Architecture Award; The John and Phyllis Murphy Award and many more. Andrew’s primary focus has been single residential homes; however, in recent years Andrew and Austin Maynard Architects have delved into multi-residential housing as both developer and architect, resulting in Terrace House (pictured), an 8.2-star sustainable community that won ArchDaily’s Building of the Year award, Gold at the Good Design Awards and a swathe of sustainability and architecture awards; the 9.1-star ParkLife at the Nightingale Village; and Slate House, an 8.2-star development in Brighton.

Andrew was a founding director of Nightingale Housing. In 2022, Austin Maynard Architects won Dezeen’s prestigious Architecture Studio of the Year award.

Watch more Fast Forward talks online

Architectural render. Credit: Bechu + Associés Nice-Meridia
Credit: Bechu + Associés Nice-Meridia / From Luca Bertacchi's 2023 lecture / Access the lecture recording below

Many of our Fast Forward lectures are recorded and available to watch online following the event. Watch a selection of previous Fast Forward lectures on YouTube.

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