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Architect in Residence

The International Architect in Residence programme gives students the opportunity to work alongside internationally significant architects to achieve an in-depth understanding of their approach and underlying ideas.

Established in 2010, the School of Architecture and Planning International Architect in Residence Programme brings to the University of Auckland renowned and talented architects from all over the world, thereby enhancing the opportunities for learning about contemporary practice and methods of working for our students and the wider creative community.

The programme enables students of the School of Architecture and Planning to work closely on major civic projects, enhancing the development of New Zealand's architecture and urban culture. Initiatives include public exhibitions, lectures and exposure of the architects' work throughout the country.

Below you can learn about the architects visiting the School this year, as well as browsing previous guests and their works. 

The School of Architecture and Planning would like to acknowledge The Warren Trust for their continuous generous support of the International Architect in Residence Programme.


2017 - Lada Hršak

Lada Hršak - Fisheye Lab: Looking at the World through the Eye of a Fish
Lada Hršak - Fisheye Lab: Looking at the World through the Eye of a Fish

Lada Hršak joined us in 2017 as our International Architect in Residence, taking time away from her Amsterdam-based design practice, Bureau LADA (Landscape, Architecture, Design Art) which she established in 2010. Bureau LADA focuses on experimental architecture and the manifold potential of design interventions, introducing poetry, wit and wisdom into the mix, whilst exploring how to make the world more habitable.

Having completed training at the University of Zagreb, and a postgraduate programme at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, Lada has worked for several renown Dutch architectural companies including SeARCH Architecture and Urban Planning, De Archiectengroep, and de Architekten Cie. She has also held multiple teaching engagements with the Academie voor Bouwkunst, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague, TU Delft, TU Zagreb, Universidad Catolica de La Paz, ArTEZ Arnhem, and KU Leuven in Belgium.

Unconventional Hršak founded the first female architectural group, Desant, in Croatia after graduating in 1992. The Desant team designed installations such as their "soft wall" - a cushioned wall for nightclub patrons to lean upon: "I still elaborate Zagreb-based themes and concepts, which we set up in the late eighties and early nineties, but now translating them in the present time and location," explains Lada.

2016 - Kester Rattenbury

Kester Rattenbury
Kester Rattenbury

In 2016 we welcomed architectural journalist, critic, author, teacher, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster, Kester Rattenbury, as our International Architect in Residence.

Originally trained as an architect, Kester completed her PhD in 1990 on the representation of architecture in the UK national press. Since then she fashioned a career in achitectural journalism, taught architectural design at the University of Greenwich, and both Diploma and Master of Architecture at Westminster, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In addition, Kester has written and contributed to multiple books, articles, reviews and building studies, including Architects Today, The House Book, the tourist guide to the London Eye, The Guardian, The Observer and RIBA Journal.

Kester founded research group EXP (Experimental Practice) in 2003 at the University of Westminster, and its innovative programmes, Supercrits and the Archigram Archival Project, the latter of which has been widely acclaimed as a major archival work, and for originality in advancement of academic archives.

With a particular interest in the application of architectural and spatial thinking as a form of creativity, Kester is currently working on research for Another Country: The Architecture of the Novel, which explores unique uses of architectual thinking by classic English novelists such as the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and Jane Austin.


2015 - Colin Fournier

fournier 2

In 2015 the International Architect in Residence, Colin Fournier, taught in the second semester of our Master of Architecture (Professional) programme, in association with Manfredo Manfredini, of a design studio in the ideal city.

Colin Fournier was educated at the Architectural Association in London. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), and former Director of the MArch course in Urban Design as well as Diploma Unit 18.  He is Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was an associate of Archigram Architects and Planning Director of the Parsons Company in California, USA, implementing large-scale projects in the Middle East, in particular the new town of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus in Austria, 2003. His recent project Open Cinema, in collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska, was designed for the city of Guimarães, Portugal, with a second edition in Lisbon, for the 2013 Architecture Triennale. He curated the 2013 Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and is Chairman of TETRA X, an architectural practice based in Hong Kong.


2014 - George Baird

Photo: Andre Beneteau

In 2014 we were privileged to host Emeritus Professor of Architecture George Baird, who is the former dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects. Prior to becoming dean at the University of Toronto in 2004, Baird was the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He has published and lectured widely throughout most parts of the world.

He is co-editor (with Charles Jencks) of Meaning in Architecture (1969), and (with Mark Lewis) of Queues Rendezvous, Riots (1995). He is author of Alvar Aalto (1969) and The Space of Appearance (1995). His latest book: Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography was published by SUN Publications in Amsterdam in 2011.

Professor Baird’s consulting firm Baird Sampson Neuert is the winner of numerous design awards, including Canadian Architect Magazine awards over many years, as well as Governor General’s Awards for Cloud Gardens Park in 1994, Erindale Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2006, and the French River Visitor Centre in 2010.

Professor Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2010). In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he was selected as the 2012 winner of the Topaz Medallion of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

While he was in New Zealand, Professor Baird worked with School of Architecture and Planning students on a number of projects, and he delivered the penultimate lecture in the Fast Forward series.

Previous guests

The School of Architecture and Planning Architect in Residence programme continually attracts leading international architects to be a part of our environment. Here you can review further architects who have visited the University over the years.

2013 | Takaharu & Yui Tezuka | Tezuka Architects, Tokyo

2012 | Manuel Aires-Mateus | Aires Mateus, Lisbon

2011 | Cameron Sinclair | Small Works, California

2010 | Momoyo Kaijima | Atelier Bow Wow, Tokyo