“The Auckland Architecture Association has been founded to provide a common meeting ground for architects, planners, teachers, students and graduates. The AAA is first a club, a convivial and congenial meeting place for members and their visitors. It aims to become a centre for the generation of architectural and planning activities, seminars, working groups and exhibitions. It is an opportunity for architects to be active in the life of the community, to lead in the formation of an intelligent public opinion about planning and building.
The aims of the AAA as given in its constitution are:-
- To promote informed opinion on the arts of architecture and city planning,
- To arrange public exhibitions, study groups and lectures,
- To provide clubrooms to serve as an informal meeting place and social centre for its members and visiting architects,
- To influence public opinion in respect to matters affecting architecture and city planning and to encourage interest therein,
- To organize social functions as opportunities arise, and to keep alive the fellowship of members.”
W.D. Wilson (Founding president) Sept 1965
5 Alberon Street,
Andrew Patterson – President
Andrew Patterson is an internationally recognized New Zealand architect and founding director of Pattersons: published in Phaidons definitive 10×10 book of the World’s emerging Architects; named by London based World Architecture News (in May) as one of five firms “whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of [world] architecture”; and the designer of New Zealand’s only new build 6 Green Star rated building, Geyser, in the Auckland suburb of Parnell.
Andrew has been an Adjunct Professor at Aucklands Unitec School of Architecture. He has served on numerous judging and advisory panels and given lectures, tutorials and talks at numerous Universities and Professional Institutions in New Zealand and Australia.
Adam Mercer – Vice-President & Spokesperson
Adam is a director of Mercer and Mercer Architcets Ltd, a multi award winning practice based in Newmarket, Auckland, with a reputation for strong design, delivering quality Architecture, and working tirelessly in pursuit of a modern, regional style.
Mercer is committed to the design of buildings and places, that engage with their environmental and cultural context, and the traditions and aspirations of the people that use them. His work is founded on the premise that good design affects people in a positive way, in public and in private. His designs are recognized for their degree of innovation, and attitude to all things NZ.
Kathryn Carter – Treasurer
A committed architect who has a life of experience in advocacy for the values of quality city making is a natural fit with the AAA. Kathryn’s 1980’s student life was witness to the demolition of many irreplaceable heritage buildings in and around Queen St, perhaps a motivating factor to her sensibilities towards heritage sites.
Involvements as a Planning Commissioner and judging for urban design competitions are a few outlets to exercise her values; planning needs to be pro-active rather than reactive, sustainable public interactions through public transport, and a sense of place and identity are essential to physiological and psychological wellbeing.