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Death of architect Ian Athfield

News from NZ Institute of Architects
It is with great sadness that we inform members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand’s finest architects, has passed away in Wellington.

Our deepest condolences go out to Ath’s family, friends and colleagues.

There are few details to share at this stage, but we will notify members of any funeral or memorial service arrangements as soon as they arise.

Radio New Zealand reports that his work is scattered throughout the country from Whakatane to Wanaka, but his biggest impact was in Wellington.

The NZ Herald says that his whimsical and eclectic designs both offended and inspired.

The DomPost reviewed his career when he became Sir Ian in the New Year Honours list.

Diana Wichtel’s 2012 Listener interview

A walk through Ath’s career.

Tribute from Arts Foundation

2011: Gordon Campbell interviews Ian Athfield

Media release from NZ Government
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry today paid tribute to the life of renowned architect Sir Ian Athfield KNZM, who has passed away aged 74.

“Sir Ian Athfield has played a major part in shaping modern New Zealand architecture and has made an enormous contribution to the city of Wellington he loved so much,” says Ms Barry. “He was involved in many projects throughout New Zealand since the 1960s, most recently with his creative input to the Christchurch rebuild.

“I offer my condolences to his family, and it is a small comfort that he knew of his knighthood. He was one of New Zealand’s great characters and he will be missed.”