New Zealand Institute of Architects AON Gold Medal Lecture
Jeremy Salmond, the latest recipient of New Zealand architecture’s premier award, will speak in Nelson, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, Napier and Queenstown during the course of the NZIA AON Gold Medal Lecture Series.
Across nearly five decades, Salmond has forged a reputation as New Zealand’s pre-eminent heritage architect. He is a deeply knowledgeable and impressively articulate advocate for New Zealand’s heritage; a collegial consultant who has collaborated on numerous significant architectural projects; a wise mentor to generations of young architects; and above all, a principled upholder of the best of architecture’s values and traditions.
Jeremy’s career has been sustained by a spirit of inquiry and characterised by a determination to find meaningful solutions to the inter-related problems of heritage conservation and building use. His office has contributed to the conservation of many of the country’s most important heritage sites, including Pompallier Printing House in Russell, Stone Store in Kerikeri and Mission House on Kawau Island. Auckland would be a much poorer place without Jeremy’s work on city landmarks such as the Civic Theatre, Old Government House, War Memorial Museum, Domain Wintergardens, Art Gallery and former Chief Post Office. In Ngāruawāhia, Jeremy worked on the conservation of Turangawaewae Marae; in Wellington, Sacred Heart Cathedral; in Christchurch, the Arts Centre; in Dunedin, Iona Church. These are just the tips of the Salmond Reed iceberg.
Jeremy has enormous knowledge of heritage, but he is not a prisoner of history. As much focused on the present and the future as he is on the past, he has with his wife Dame Anne Salmond undertaken an impressive later career project – the creation of Longbush Ecosanctuary near Gisborne, an inspiring example, in a time of daunting ecological challenges, of selfless environmental stewardship.
This is a free event.