History

The Warren Trust has, since its formation in 2006, successfully supported a number of architects' education initiatives across New Zealand.

To date these have included:

  • Architectural exhibitions including the Kumamoto Artpolis Exhibition (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) 2008, and the "Trente Case (30 Houses)" NZ architects exhibition (Florence, Rome) 2008

  • Visiting international architect speakers including Japanese architects Kengo Kuma 2007 and Jun Aoki 2008

  • Biennial Pacific Students of Architecture Congress, Wellington 2007

  • Production of a documentary film "Antonello and the Architect" - an architectural biography of Wellington architect Bill Toomath 2007

  • Publication of architectural monographs including Juila Gatley's forthcoming "Long Live the Modern" 2008

  • New Zealand Architects Masterclasses for 2007 and 2008

65 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, formerly the offices of Warren and Mahoney Architects, is now the home of The Warren Trust, the Canterbury Branch of the NZIA, and host venue for architectural exhibitions and events for the Canterbury architectural scene.

65 Cambridge Terrace

Constructed in 1962 as both house for Miles Warren and office for the partnership Warren and Mahoney Architects, the building is one of the foremost examples of the architecture of its period in New Zealand. It was progressively extended during the 1960s and subsequently added to in 1979 with the construction of the adjoining gallery and architect’s flat bounding the garden to the northeast. The neighbouring site at 69 Cambridge Terrace was developed to provide additional office accommodation for the practice in 1989. A luxuriantly planted enclosed courtyard garden and reflecting pool, perhaps one of the most famous in the country, completes the north-western quadrant of the site. The building complex has been the recipient of the NZIA Silver Medal in 1969; NZIA National Award in 1980 and the NZIA Enduring Architecture Award in 1995.

65 Cambridge Terrace is now tenanted by architects, landscape architects and the Canterbury Branch of the NZIA.

Sir Miles Warren

The foremost New Zealand architect of his generation, Sir Miles Warren established Warren and Mahoney Architects in 1958 and practiced in partnership with Maurice Mahoney (and subsequently a wider partnership) from that time until his retirement from the firm he founded in 1994.

Miles Warren was awarded CBE for services to architecture in 1974 and knighted KBE for services to architecture in 1986. He was admitted to the Order of New Zealand in 1995 and was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal in 2000. He was made a New Zealand Living Icon by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2003.

Sir Miles Warren continues to practice architecture and has active roles with the Christ Church Cathedral Trust, the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust, and the New Zealand Arts Foundation. He lives in an historic house in Governors Bay, Banks Peninsula and maintains one of the most well-known formal gardens in New Zealand.