“provided they make up their minds to be good architects…”
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Monday 18 November, 6pm
In 1919 the Christchurch Star reported there were a number of ‘girls’ in New Zealand architect’s offices, studying to
make architecture their profession. The newspaper concluded: ‘naturally a capable woman architect should prove
invaluable’. Who were these ‘girls’ in architect’s offices, and why were some inspired to believe they would add value
to the profession? This talk by Wellington architectural historian Elizabeth Cox will profile the careers of New Zealand
women architects who studied to be architects between 1900-1950, and examine their contribution to the architectural
history of New Zealand – from the Edwardian to modernist era
City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in
partnership with City Gallery Wellington. Its purpose is to foster discussion about architecture for a broader audience
in a city that cares to openly discuss ideas relevant to our future.
While completing her MA in New Zealand history at Victoria University of Wellington Elizabeth discovered her passion for
social and women’s history. Over the course of her career she has worked at the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the
National Trust in the United Kingdom and as a historian for the Waitangi Tribunal. Elizabeth is now the director of Bay
Heritage Consultants, a Wellington firm that specialises in uncovering the social and architectural history of buildings
and their occupants. Their research has included some of New Zealand’s most important heritage buildings, including the
St James Theatre, Weir House and Old St Paul’s in Wellington.
The talk will be followed by refreshments.
City Talks are free to attend and held in the Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square.