Ian Athfield talk at the Central Library

ian athfieldAs part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Central Library building, the pricipal architect of the building, Ian Athfield will be giving a free talk on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at 6pm on the 2nd floor. Titled Why is the library more than just about books? his talk will discuss how the presence of a library can “inform” the physical structure of its neighbourhood as well as his thoughts and memories of how the building’s design came about.

Ian Athfield is the founding principal of the Wellington-based firm, Athfield Architects Limited. He has headed this practice since its inception in 1968 and has been responsible for most of the design direction through this period.

As well as his contribution to the design of a broad range of projects throughout New Zealand, in 1976 “Ath” won an international design competition for housing in Manila, the Philippines. He has been involved in a teaching fellowship with Victoria University, has been a keynote speaker at various international conferences and has judged at numerous architectural / urban design competitions. Under his directorship Athfield Architects has won over 100 design awards. In 2004 he was the recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ highest honour, the Gold Medal, and from 2006 – 2008 was President of the NZIA. In 2006 he became the first New Zealander  to be registered as an APEC Architect. More recently he has been a member of the Auckland City Property Enterprise Board, advisor to Auckland’s Aotea Square development and a member of the assessment panel for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery master plan. He is currently serving on the Board of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and was made NZIA Architectural Ambassador to Christchurch soon after the September 2010 earthquake to provide advice and coordination during the rebuild and restoration process.

Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to hear one of New Zealand’s best known architects whose designs and influences have made a significant impact on Wellington’s urban geography.


Ian Athfield : Why is the library more than just about books?
Tuesday 13th December, 6pm, Central Library (2nd floor), 65 Victoria Street.
Free and everyone is welcome – just come along.

Central Library is turning 20!

balloonsOn Saturday 10th December, come and celebrate 20 years of library service from the Central Library at 65 Victoria Street. There will be lots of fun events and activities including:

  • Free issues* of DVDs and CDs all day Saturday at Central Library
  • Backroom tours by our local history team
  • A fun children’s treasure hunt for the 0 -15 year olds
  • Free cake for customers

Other events to celebrate :

  • On Tuesday 13 December: an architecture talk by Sir Ian Athfield, the architect of Central Library
  • An online quiz : some lucky library members will win a range of prizes including restaurant vouchers
  • Film clips:  famous Wellingtonians tell us about their favourite books

To find out more about what’s happening on the day, look at these recent news updates or hear Jane Hill, Libraries Manager tell you more in this video:

*other standard fees apply