Curated by Julia Gatley and developed with architect Ian Athfield, Athfield Architects: People and Place traces four decades of the firm’s dynamic history, presenting a vivid sense of the architect and its vision.
Established in 1968, Athfield Architects continues to present architectural forms that respond proactively to the pressing challenges of our time: the need for sustainable design, quality social housing, public spaces that reflect community, and collaborative practice.
This exhibition is long overdue for such a significant practitioner. Athfield’s voice continues to be at the centre of architectural dialogue around the country, most recently as part of Christchurch rebuild discussions. Wellington residents recognise and rejoice in his signature buildings across the capital city and in the central civic precinct, while major works are spread across the country. It will provide access to a range of architectural projects, from student work by Athfield, through early innovative house design, to major civic and urban-scale projects.
The exhibition sits alongside Gatley’s major publication Athfield Architects, to be launched by Auckland University Press in conjunction with the exhibition.