‘Poetic response’ wins award in architecture writing competition

05 November 2015
Tessa Forde
Tessa Forde

A final-year university student has won an award in the inaugural Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing.

Tessa Forde, who is this year completing a Masters degree at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning, received the award in the Open category with an essay entitled Heavens’ Embroidered Cloths. The essay took as its subject matter a new studio retreat and a guest house in Nepal.

The Architectural Writing Awards were launched this year by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, with the support of the educational trust established by the eminent New Zealand architect, Sir Miles Warren.

The purpose of the awards programme is to encourage writing and commentary about architecture.

New Zealand Institute of Architects spokesperson John Walsh said “Tessa’s essay is an ambitious exercise that brings together her experiences of two places which have suffered serious earthquakes. The writing conveyed a strong and poetic response to two damaged but resilient places.”

The 2015 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing judging panel comprised Pip Cheshire (President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects), Julia Gatley (Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning); Jeremy Hansen (editor of Home NZ magazine), and John Walsh.

A booklet including the winning and highly commended essays will be published by the NZIA before the end of 2015.