Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture add

Next month, award-winning architect Pete Bossley, and talented artist Miriam van Wezel will be running a masterclass at Braemar Station in Lake Tekapo for a special few. Spots are limited for this exclusive two-day workshop, where Pete and Miriam will take their guests through an intensive programme, looking at many aspects of design and drawing.

This week, Defign sat down with Pete to hear about his fascinating career so far.

A highly respected Kiwi architect - Pete is best known for his work on one of New Zealand's most iconic buildings - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and for his role of adjunct professor at the Unitec Institute of Technology School of Architecture.

Pete has been widely recognised for his work, and along with his practice - Bossley Architects - he's won more than 40 awards including Home Magazine awards and New Zealand Institute of Architects awards. Most notably, he picked up the NZIA Gold Medal in 2012 for outstanding contributions to the practice of architecture.

Pete studied for six years - first at Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT), then at Auckland University. He originally trained as an architectural technician, graduating with an NZCD (Arch), before completing a Bachelor of Architecture (hons).

Pete didn't study architecture straight after school, spending some time working before knowing what he wanted to do.

"I realised I was fascinated by architecture and kept reading and learning about it. It became obvious pretty quickly that I wanted to go and study architecture for the ideas embodied in it."

While Pete inspires many young New Zealand architects today, he says he's been influenced by the likes of Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto - three architects with three different styles. He says he's inspired by their innovation and commitment to making a positive impact on people's lives through architecture.

Pete has been a director of several architecture practices. It was while he was a director at Jasmax (a merger between Bossley Cheshire, Gibbs Harris and Jasmad), that he jointly-led a team that entered an international competition to design Te Papa. Out of more than 40 entries from around the world, their team won.

While Te Papa is one of his most recognised projects, Pete has also worked on the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland. He looks back on the project proud that he was able to rejuvenate attendance at the museum.

Pete says the best thing about being an architect is the opportunity to work on a great range of projects, from houses, to museums and hotels. He has his own particular style, and says he likes to think about each building from scratch, responding to each project's context.

"You've got to come up with a really strong, powerful idea that drives the project. Sometimes there are ideas that don’t survive the process, but you've got to keep hunting for a good, strong red-blooded idea that's going to last the distance."

When it comes to houses Pete often works around the idea of encampment. This involves breaking houses into smaller elements and using them to create outdoor spaces which are partially defined by the house, and partially defined by the landscape. He says it's all about creating a special place which is embedded in its location.

Pete and his team have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, including working on clinics for the Fred Hollows Foundation, a new clinic for the Hearing House, a laboratory building for Plant and Food Research at Mt Albert, a 200 room hotel on Auckland's waterfront, and potentially a Museum in Christchurch.

Pete and Miriam are looking forward to passing on some of their knowledge at their masterclass from 7-9 November. This masterclass is an example of Pete and Miriam's generosity of spirit and the responsibility they feel to give back to the sector.

Pete says they hope the workshop opens up people's approach to drawing and sketching, and helps them to understand the world around us. Masterclass guests will stay in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand - Lake Tekapo. The experience will include a private chef and a one on one experience with one of the most respected architects in the business.

There are only a few spaces left - so don't miss out!
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