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Celebrating the life of Maori Architect, Rewi Thompson
It is with sadness that we farewell Rewi Thompson, a celebrated New Zealand architect who passed away at the age of 62 over the weekend. A member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel alongside McConnell Property's Nigel Richards, Rewi is remembered as a passionate individual who embodied his work as focussing on land and people. He is responsible for some of the most boldest buildings in New Zealand.
Raised in Wellington, Rewi Thompson (of Ngäti Porou and Ngäti Raukawa descent) began his career in engineering. On completing a NZ Certificate of Engineering at Wellington Polytechnic, Thompson worked at Structon Group as a structural draughtsperson before transferring to Structon’s architecture department. He eventually left to study architecture at the University of Auckland. Thompson then worked for Structon in Auckland, but after registration established his own practice in 1983. Thompson rapidly rose to prominence – in 1986 he was invited to join a group of leading local practitioners (Ian Athfield, John Blair, and Roger Walker) on a lecture tour of the US arranged by Stanley Tigerman. Thompson has won numerous competitions and architectural awards including a UNESCO International Award for a housing scheme designed for urban Maori. In 2002, Thompson was appointed Adjunct Professor at Auckland University’s School of Architecture. He has also served as Mäori design consultant for numerous projects, including new educational, correctional, and health facilities.
Friday 21 October, 2016