Published 20 May 2011
Auckland architectural firm Patterson Associates Ltd has been named by World Architectural News as one of 5 practices set to shape the future of architecture as leading lights in the 21st century.
A jury including some of the most acclaimed architects in the world chose Patterson Associates along with firms from Norway, Japan, Denmark & Spain as the first 5 winners in the magazine’s 21 for the 21 Awards, announced on Wednesday.
The awards aim to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture internationally in the 21st century: “Outstanding, forward-thinking people & organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world; architects whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of architecture, whilst keeping within the boundaries of commercial viability & sustainability”.
Patterson Associates’ award submission centred on a body of recent works including Mai Mai Folly (residential, Auckland), Cumulus (commercial, Auckland), AJ Hackett Bungy Centre (commercial, Queenstown), Michael Hill Golf Clubhouse (commercial, Queenstown) & Parihoa (residential, West Auckland).
Founder Andrew Patterson said the award was an outstanding accolade for the firm on a global stage: “It is hugely rewarding to present our portfolio of work and have our New Zealand-inspired ideas & philosophy recognised by some of the great minds in world architecture.”
Mr Patterson’s practice is well known in New Zealand for projects involving sustainability, energy efficiency & environmental issues. It is currently designing the first building in the country to be rated with 6 stars (recognising international innovation) by the NZ Green Building Council.
“The projects within our submission approach architecture, environment & people in terms of New Zealand concepts around mauri (the lifeforce which all objects contain).
“All our work is underpinned by a core assumption that if a building logically belongs in its ecology, then people connected with that architecture cannot help but feel the logic in belonging there also. This is the first time ideas relating to te reo have been recognised on the international architectural stage.”
Patterson Associates were praised for their visually strong designs & approach to sustainability with a “non-nostalgic” appearance by the international judging panel, which included acclaimed architects David West (Studio Egret West), Patrick Schumaker (Zaha Hadid Architects), Stephen Quinlan (Denton Corker Marshall LLP), Will Alsop (Alsop Architects) & Grant Brooker (Foster Associates).
The other 4 award winners were: Reiulf Ramstad Architects (Norway), Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos SLP (Spain), Atelier Ryo Abe (Japan) and JDS Architects (Denmark). 16 other entries were highly commended by the judges, including designs by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), the Sydney-based architects working on the Auckland City Art Gallery project.
World Architecture News said its quest for the remaining 16 firms of the 21 for the 21 list will continue over a period of years.
Mr Patterson graduated from the Auckland University School of Architecture in 1987 with its senior prize. He received his first national award for architecture at the age of 28 and represented New Zealand in The New Breed architectural exhibition in Sydney that year. He won the inaugural New Zealand young architect of the year award in 1990.
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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.