Ian Athfield

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Birthday
15, 1940
Birthplace
New Zealand
Death Date
Jan 16, 2015 (74)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
15, 1940
Birthplace
New Zealand
Death Date
Jan 16, 2015 (74)

About

Former president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Known for such buildings as Telecom Towers, Civic Square and Wellington Library, and Jade Stadium.

Before Fame

He used corrugated iron, plaster, stainless steel, and fibre glass on his earliest projects. He considered his era's architecture to be boring and began incorporating a vernacular style inspired by colonial buildings into his structures. He worked on the design of the Bangkok rapid transport system.

Trivia

He was appointed Architectural Ambassador to Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Family Life

His first major project was a home and studio for his family called Athfield House; he married in 1962.

Associated With

He and actor Russell Crowe were both born in New Zealand.