Remembering Colin Hill

Remembering Colin Hill add

Christchurch Architect and ADNZ Life Member Colin Hill passed away recently (27 October, 2015) leaving a legacy of dedication to his craft, the design industry and wider community.

Colin Hill was the President of the Canterbury Westland Region and went on to become National President of ADNZ.

Astrid Andersen ADNZ CEO said he was a colleague, mentor and friend to many.

"In particular Colin is remembered as a vociferous industry advocate, who was not afraid to speak out on behalf of the architectural community. He was also happy to share his extensive knowledge, experience and skills, as a specialist in construction documentation and management," Astrid Andersen said.

Colin attended Cashmere High School and attained his NZARB Architects registration in 1961. He was employed at Thomas and Associates architects as a draftsman for five years and for Don Cowie Architect for seven years. He had his own practice - R&A Design going on to amalgamate with Grant Miles to form Hill Miles Architecture in 2006 to the present day.

Business partner and Architectural Designer Grant Miles said colleagues, friends, contractors and clients had described Colin Hill to him as a mentor, a gentleman, a good bloke, someone who assisted and someone to ask for guidance.

"His dedication to tasks and challenges was much admired by all, how he dealt and solved them and his influence on the architectural field will be missed," Grant Miles said.

"Colin loved detail, the three dimensional architectural form and detailing, the written word, the tying of a fishing fly or the brewing of his coffee. His golf always enjoyed and the reason for a four day working week. His wife Helen, family and grandchildren… always first in his mind with time considerations."

Colin travelled well and always took his fishing tackle, as a trip had to be broken up with fishing opportunities or research for fishing opportunities.

"Working with and beside Colin has been an experience that I shall treasure and has and will influence my professional and personal life," Grant Miles said.

Christchurch ADNZ Life Member and Architect Ian Cumberpatch considered Colin Hill a friend and colleague.

"Colin was dedicated to his craft and to the ADNZ. He worked tirelessly to lift the perception of the ADNZ through the various roles he held at national and regional levels."

Ian says Colin was heavily involved in writing the competency standards for Licenced Building Practitioners, the review of NZ Standards and other regulatory documents all of which took up a huge amount of his time.

A few years ago when ADNZ had to work through a challenging period, Ian says Colin was instrumental in refocusing the organisation.

"He was determined to bring ADNZ back on track and make sure the organisation continued to grow for its members and deliver a professional service to the public. He strongly believed it was his duty as a designer to be helping people. Colin was a gentleman and he will be missed."