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Miles Warren

Genre: Craft & Object Art

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Sir Miles, born 1929, has been at the forefront of architecture for more than 45 years. Completing his Diploma of Architecture at Auckland University College in 1951, he established Warren and Mahoney Architects in Christchurch in 1958 and completed the Dental Nurses’ Training School later that year. This building won the first of what would be many NZIA Gold Awards, and was followed by College House in Christchurch, which has enduring appeal due to its open space and carefully crafted buildings, the Harewood Crematorium, and the iconic Christchurch Town Hall.

In addition to these significant achievements, he has also designed many nationally prominent buildings, including Christchurch Central Library, the Civic Offices of the Rotorua District Council, the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, Telecom House in Christchurch, the Christchurch School of Medicine, the Christchurch Convention Centre, and St. Patrick’s Church in Napier. In the United States, Sir Miles has designed the New Zealand Chancery in Washington, D.C. which won an NZIA Gold Award in 1981 and an American award for its brickwork.

Sir Miles is a Past President of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, was a Member of the Council of the Institute, and Chairman of the Education and Registration Authority. He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1965, was awarded a CBE in 1974 and became the first New Zealander to be knighted for services to architecture in 1985.

With his retirement from the practice of Warren and Mahoney in 1995 he was given New Zealand’s highest honour when he was admitted into the Order of New Zealand. In 2001 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Auckland. In 2003 he was made an Icon by the Arts Foundation, an award limited to a living circle of 20 people of which he is the only architect.