- 8 Dec 1992 - 15 Dec 1992
- Reynolds, Ian Brampton, 1922-2005
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
- Public use requires the written permission of the donor Copyright: Held by Bruce Petry
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- New Zealand architecture post-World War II oral history project
- 1 C90 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories
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