Interview with Ian Reynolds

Date
8 Dec 1992 - 15 Dec 1992
By
Reynolds, Ian Brampton, 1922-2005
Ref
OHInt-0308-04
Description

Reynolds, born 1922, talks about his career in architecture from his time working at Swann & Lavalle (Drawing and Blueprint company) in 1938. Discusses the influence of Academy edition books (works of the Royal Academy) and the influence of European migrants. Talks about skyscrapers and their popularity as a design for flats in the 1930s. Relates his decision to move from Wellington to Auckland to attend the Auckland University School of Architecture before being recruited for WWII. Discusses the Auckland University syllabus and the influence of Vernon Brown, for whom he worked as an assistant after the war. Talks about `the Group' architects, Bill Wilson, and the friction between young and old. Relates his experience at the Ministry of Works planning division and the Architectural Centre Competition for Te Aro flats, Wellington. Tells of his travels in Europe and working in Durham, England for Berthold Lubetkin, for Basil Ward, and in Coventry for the Council Design Department under Donald Gibson. Talks of the Broadgate Centre and the Coventry Cathedral competition. Relates how he returned to New Zealand to work for the Ministry of Works on the Dunedin Dental School, Bowen House, and Broadcasting House before moving to Auckland to form Kingston Reynolds. Talks of Kingston Reynolds projects, including the Victoria University Library. Discusses the construction process of Victoria University Library, his "Rational" design philosophy, and the influence of Miles Warren and Lyall Holmes. Tells how his firm (renamed KRTA) grew to 200 employees and diversified into geothermal science and how 80 percent of their work is offshore. Talks of the role of engineers versus that of architects in the design process, and about Town Planning. Mentions: Ken Albert, Edmund Anscombe, Cyril Knight, Sam Crooks, Arthur Marshall, Fred Beckett, Bruce Rotherham, Jon Cox, Bob Kingston, Stanley Jones, Vince Terreni.

Access Contact - Oral History Curator

Awards/funding - funded by an Award in Oral History

Interviewer(s) - Bruce Petry

Accompanying material - Bibliography, Cirriculum Vitae

Quantity: 1 C90 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 3 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete -OHA-3940.

Search dates: 1922 - 1992

Additional description

Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-008950 - OHLC-008951

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Public use requires the written permission of the donor Copyright: Held by Bruce Petry
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Part of
New Zealand architecture post-World War II oral history project
Format
1 C90 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories
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Date: 8 Dec 1992 - 15 Dec 1992 From: New Zealand architecture post-World War II oral history project Ref: OHC-011295 Description: Arrangement: Tape sequence - 2 of 2 Quantity: 1 C90 cassette(s).
Date: 8 Dec 1992 - 15 Dec 1992 From: New Zealand architecture post-World War II oral history project Ref: OHC-011294 Description: Arrangement: Tape sequence - 1 of 2 Quantity: 1 C90 cassette(s).
From: New Zealand architecture post-World War II oral history project Ref: OHA-3940