On the shelf

December 14 2023

When the Auckland studio moves offices early next year (more on that in another newsletter), we’d better allocate a special shelf or two for our awards. The end of the year has been busy in this respect …

First up, in November, Owairoa Primary School and The Great Glenorchy Alpine Basecamp were honoured with NZIA National Awards, the latter also receiving the Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture, a recognition we were thrilled to accept along with our collaborator Bureaux.

Then, the Scion Innovation Hub (Te Whare Nui o Tuteata), a project we completed in collaboration with Irving Smith Architects and possibly our most-awarded building of all time, went on to collect the Sustainable Development Award at the NZ Timber Design Awards, an event returning for the first time, post-pandemic, in three years.

Following that, our wonderful construction crew of the Zed House in Christchurch, John Creighton Builders, took out the Supreme Award at the Master Builders House of the Year.

Later, at the beginning of December, it was off to the World Architecture Festival in Singapore where, after presenting live on the Fisher & Paykel Global Headquarters, the RTA Studio team was given our trophy as a winner in the Building Technology Category at the WAFX Awards - an awards programme which acknowledges international proposals that use design to tackle the big issues. The F & P project, which is set to be completed in 2025, also received a Highly Commended recognition in the Future Glass Prize for its innovative and sustainable use of glass. All in all, not a bad day out.

You can read more about all these projects in the journal section of our website.