Who We Are
The Auckland Architecture Association (AAA) is a public interface for architecture and an advocate for high quality design in Auckland. We are a voluntary association that has been serving Auckland’s built environment since it was founded in 1965.
We have a diverse range of members, including practicing architects, university students, designers, home-buyers, engineers, along with members of the public who have an interest in architecture. Details about supporting the AAA as a member.
The AAA relies on the support of sponsorship to aid activities. Details about sponsoring the AAA.
What We Do
The AAA is a well regarded identity within Auckland’s architectural community. We offer our members platforms for informed discussion, a well respected awards programme, public exhibitions, project study tours, lectures and media debate.
“I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples.” Zaha Hadid
We keep abreast of issues facing Auckland and speak out in support of a high quality built environment.
In 2012, for example, one of our spokespeople, Adam Mercer, was interviewed on primetime TV3 News about the Ports of Aucklan’s proposed expansion.
We keep Aucklanders informed about and involved in their city’s Architectural environment.
The AAA website documents our activities and offer news and updates regarding relevant events and current events. Members and subscribers follow us on Twitter, Facebook and via our email digest.
Now in its 22nd year, the AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards showcases unrestrained creativity and innovation from architects and students from around New Zealand. The programme is one of the most significant events on Auckland’s architectural calender, with over 100 entries each year from leading architectural practices and students, it is judged by high profile and influentual judges from home and abroad, such as Kerry Hill, Andrew Patterson, Tim Greer and Nat Cheshire.
We place Auckland Exciting Architecure on Show to the Public
AAA Architecture Tours
Our popular tours of architect-designed houses and major commercial projects in and around Auckland are attended by hundreds of our members and the public, often lead by the architects themselves. The tours are promoted via architect. Constuction site tours in 2012 included Geyser, arnell by Patterson Assocaites, St Heliers mixed-use building by Cook, Sargisson and Pirie. Architectural home tours and tours of NZIA awards-winning buildilngs often sell out.
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 Auckland’s 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.