Talk: New Zealand’s Modern Heritage

Architectural historian Julia Gatley surveys where New Zealand is at in terms of heritage recognition for our modern buildings.

Part of Wellington Heritage Week 2020.

  • When | Āhea Sat 31 Oct 2020, 11.00am–12.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

There is growing recognition for the heritage value of modern buildings around the world. But is this the case in New Zealand? 

Join us for a talk delivered by architectural historian Julia Gatley. She will discuss how New Zealand measures up in terms of heritage recognition for modern architecture. Are modern buildings well represented on our heritage lists? And what do we risk if we undervalue the history and heritage of these important 20th century buildings? 

This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand, and is part of Wellington Heritage Week 2020 (26 Oct – 1 Nov).

Full programme of events on Wellington Heritage Week website

About Julia Gatley 

Associate Professor Julia Gatley, Acting Deputy Dean of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland. Julia is an architectural historian, with a particular focus on 21st century architecture. She has written widely on New Zealand architecture, and her books include The Auckland School: 100 Years of Architecture and PlanningVertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington, Athfield Architects, Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture, and Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture, 1904-1984

Black and white photo of an overhead view of a large apartment block


Gordon Wilson Flats under construction on The Terrace, Wellington. Dominion Post (Newspaper): Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP-Industry-Housing-State-02. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22299856

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