Sir Ian Athfield, one of NZ’s most influential architects, has died

Architect hailed as one of New Zealand's finest has died.

Sir Ian Athfield, who was made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the beginning of this year has died.

The architect's 50-year career – during which he won more than 60 awards for his work – involved designing everything from small family homes to vast housing projects, small commercial buildings and major public works.

He is credited with changing the face of Wellington and designed numerous iconic buildings around the country, including Chews Lane Precinct, where "the apartment building towers over the lane giving a sense of New York combined with small European town".  

Sir Ian and his team at Athfield Architects are widely acknowledged for having reshaped New Zealand architecture – from  Buck House at Te Mata Estate to Wellington’s Civic Square, and Jade Stadium to Athfield’s own sprawling settlement on the Khandallah hills.

New Zealand institute of Architects chief executive Tenna Hale Pennington says Sir Ian was one of New Zealand’s finest architects.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Ath's family, friends and colleagues.” 

There has yet to be any notification of funeral or memorial service arrangements.

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