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10 May 2010
New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winner 2010
Architect and urban planner Marshall Cook to receive the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal
Architect and urban planner Marshall Cook is to be presented with the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal – the highest honour bestowed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
The medal is given to an individual or practice for an outstanding contribution to the practice of architecture demonstrated through the production of a consistently high-quality body of work over a period of time.
NZIA President Richard Harris said: “Marshall’s work evolves from a strong New Zealand tradition of innovative architect designed houses with a slight nod in the direction of mid-century Californian masters.
“His buildings are highly considered, sensitively crafted and always provide a warm background for rich social encounters.”
Mr Cook set up his own practice in Auckland in1968 and the firm continues today as Cook Sargisson & Pirie.
The practice has worked widely in New Zealand and overseas and Mr Cook’s work has ranged from entire resorts and Japanese villages to large scale urban design projects and some of this country’s most acclaimed contemporary residences – including his own award-winning home in Freeman’s Bay.
He also directed the setting up of the Healthy Housing programme in 2001, a project he counts as one of the most satisfying experiences of his career.
The partnership between Housing New Zealand and District Health Boards included installing floor and ceiling insulation, draught proofing and other energy-saving initiatives into selected state properties, with priority given to older people and those with health problems.
In recent years he has increasingly turned his attention to the issues of urban intensification and how to provide affordable housing in New Zealand.
The recipient of numerous architecture awards, he has combined his long career in practice with teaching including in the United Kingdom, Australia and at Auckland University. He currently teaches at Unitec where he is Adjunct Professor of Design.
The medal will be presented to Mr Cook at the New Zealand Architecture Awards in Auckland on May 14.
More information on the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winners 2010 online soon
Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winners 2010
Kerry and Lindsay Clare – working partners for 35 years – became the first husband-and-wife team to win the award.
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photo from The Australian Institute of Architects