Post-quake, our rebuilding city was recognised as a commercial playground for talented teams to create dynamic, contemporary designs, alongside the strengthening of some of our more grandiose architectural identities.
Although we’ve long since moved through the ‘rebuild’ phase of construction in our southern spot, the world-class level of architectural achievement has lost none of its momentum; a fact which is evident in the 35 local projects which have been shortlisted in the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards from a record number of entries in the awards programme of the Canterbury Branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).
The difficult task of shortlisting entries was handed to a jury led by Christchurch architect Huia Reriti, fellow Christchurch architects Bernadette Muir and Daniel Sullivan, Wellington architect Anne Kelly, and Christchurch architecture designer Tobin Smith.
“Making the shortlist is a significant achievement, especially in what was a very productive year for architecture in the Canterbury Branch region,” jury convenor Huia Reriti says.
“The shortlist includes outstanding examples of the wide range of buildings that architects design, from schools, offices, public buildings and churches to houses and apartments.”
Among the projects shortlisted for the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards, which is supported by Resene, are the restored Christchurch Town Hall and a new town square in Greymouth.
‘Starchitecture’ is given a new meaning by two shortlisted projects – a building on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury named for the eminent New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, and the Dark Sky building in the Aoraki Mackenzie Basin.
The COVID-19 lockdown has meant that site visits to shortlisted projects by juries around the country have been put on hold.
Resumption of the visits or the adoption of alternative means of deciding award-winners are dependent on the national measures adopted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not bad for a girl from Shirley!” Alison Aitken of Harcourts Grenadier chuckles as she recalls her progress over the years from selling real estate in her own backyard to being inducted into the Harcourts’ Hall of Fame – the first real estate agent in the company to be awarded this honour by her peers.
Recognition at this level does not come without hard work, dedication and a genuine interest in both people and the real estate industry.
Rewind to 1990 and Alison enters real estate as PA to her agent husband. “I was thrown in at the deep end, but found I loved the environment.
That gave me the confidence to become an agent myself in 1991. It was a job I could do while balancing my role as a mother of two small children.”
During her journey of nearly 30 years in the business, Alison has proved she has the attributes required to win her clients’ trust.
“I’ve been lucky to have been asked to sell properties for more than one generation of families. I think perhaps I might be doing something right. I certainly do put 100 percent into my work. It is not a part-time business.”
Alison also truly loves running open homes and seeing and talking to so many people she knows.
“My experience has taught me that although every client and every property is different, everyone deserves to be treated with respect, consistency and care. My greatest joy is the people I work with.”
Having been locally owned and operated since inception in 1984, Fowler Homes Christchurch has been at the forefront of designing and building quality homes and commercial buildings for countless satisfied buyers for close to four decades.
As recipients of both the Master Builders House of the Year and the Commercial Project Awards, Fowler Homes Christchurch continues to offer the best value and products to all clients.
The company’s primary point of difference is clarity.
When you choose Fowler Homes Christchurch, Ivan Stanicich or Dustin Stanley will guide you through the whole process from the first line on your plans.
They will price what you want in your home, obtain building consent, project manage your build right through to completion, before handing over of your keys or the digital code for your front door.
The suppliers and contractors used by Fowler Homes Christchurch are some of the very best in Canterbury, guaranteeing you the best quality and value.
Also, all work is backed by a 10-year Master Build Guarantee so you can be assured you’re in safe hands.
Proof of this is the fact that more than 85 percent of all business is for repeat and referred clients.
We take this all seriously, while still providing a level of fun for you the customer.
So, contact Fowler Homes Christchurch today to find out more about how the team can make your dream home a reality.