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February 12, 2019

Architect Jeremy Smith to present as part of APDesign's Regnier International Lecture Series

Submitted by Thom Jackson

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design will host architect Jeremy Smith at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Regnier Forum at Regnier Hall. Smith's lecture is titled "Soft Architecture; is being finished finished?" The event is free and open to the public.

When a cyclone cleared the trees around a house he designed in a forest, accomplished New Zealand architect Smith embarked on an alteration, research and teaching adventure; finding time, he suggests, at airports and while his kids were at parties. What happens next includes winning World Villa of the Year at the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin, exhibitions in Prague, multiple New Zealand Architecture awards, and an iterative-design teaching program and doctorate at the University of Auckland.

Smith has more than 15 years of experience working as a design architect in design-led practices in New Zealand and Australia. His residential and public work has been widely published in New Zealand and internationally, and rewarded with a string of awards, including winning World Villa of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin 2017, being a finalist for the NZIA New Zealand Architecture medal in 2013, winning multiple NZIA New Zealand Architecture awards in public and residential categories, New Zealand's top timber design award in both residential and commercial categories, and in 2018 received nomination for the German International Architecture Award and was awarded at the International Architecture Awards and Architecture Masterprize Awards out of America. He was also highly commended at the 2015 World Architecture Festival in Singapore and presented as a finalist in Barcelona 2011, Singapore in 2013 and 2014, exhibited and represented New Zealand at the 2015 and 2018 International Architecture festivals in Prague, and has received commendation from the New Zealand Concrete Society, New Zealand Property Council Excellence Awards, and more than 30 NZIA local architecture and magazine awards. Recent publications include Architecture Record, Elle, Vogue and GQ magazine.

Smith has widely lectured about the practice's work, teaches an iterative design studio to master's students and has been both an internal and external master's examiner at Auckland University. He has served as a New Zealand Institute of Architects national councilor, been appointed to architecture award juries at a national level, and was invited onto a super jury at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore 2014 and judged again in Berlin 2017 and Amsterdam 2018.

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