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Design Review: Volume 1, Issue 5 (February-March 1949)


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The Wellington School of Architecture and Town Planning

The School of Architecture and Town Planning in Wellington was set up and is directly controlled by the Architectural Centre. During the past two and a half years a full course of instruction has been given for the professional examinations in Architecture leading to membership of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The scope of the School has been widened this year to include a course in Town Planning for students seeking professional qualification through the examinations of the Town Planning Institute, London.

These courses, which are designed for part-time students, are also open to students not wishing to qualify. In addition a supplementary design course is held during the year and is open to all students.

Most important contribution made by the Architectural Centre to students' education is not so much in the routine lectures of the School as in the opportunity it gives to students to broaden their outlook and gain an understanding of the other arts and sciences related to architecture. It is the intention to bring the best out of each student rather than to pour facts into him. This is a continual process achieved through talks, discussions and projects and by constant contact with the corporate members of the Centre, who include many of the recognized experts in art, architecture, and town planning in Wellington.

Summer School of Design

Largest single contribution to students education is the annual Summer School of Design. In these projects, carried out during the long vacation, students learn to work together for an aim in which they have a common interest and where any chance of personal gain or aggrandizement is excluded. The scheme for the replanning of Te Aro Flat and the subsequent exhibition was not only a successful experiment in team work, but also taught students and tutors alike more about practical town planning than they would learn by months of academic study. The building of the Demonstration House at Karori has similar objects.

Achievements and Obstacles

The Architectural Centre is welding the students together by providing them with a set of common objectives. Through the work of the School their study has been organized and they have been taught methodically the required syllabus. The proportion of examination passes has risen steadily, and in most cases of failure reasons can be traced. The unaccountable failure of a good student still occurs too often, but compared with the old days spirits are high. In many subjects a higher proportion of Centre students has passed than of Auckland degree students.

Courses of Instruction


The School offers a five-year course of instruction for the professional examinations of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The written examinations are the same as those for the degree course at the Auckland University College and are conducted by the University of New Zealand. In addition, students are required to submit each year several solutions of design and construction problems, known as ‘Testimonies of Study’.

Lectures and tuition for the examinations of the Town Monday, 7th March. The year is divided into three terms, the dates, other than the commencing date, being the same as those for the Auckland University. This allows degree students, in Wellington for the vacations, to take part in the talks, discussion, and other activities of the Centre during this period.

The subjects for the professional examinations are as follows:

First Professional Examination:

Testimonies of Study.


History of Architecture—I.


Architectural Construction—I.


Freehand Drawing.

Second Professional Examination:

Testimonies of Study.


History of Architecture—II.


Architectural Construction—II.


Practical Mathematics.


Descriptive Geometry and Sciagraphy.

Third Professional Examination:

Testimonies of Study.


History of Decoration.


Theory of Architectural Design—I.


Structural Mechanics.


Perspective Drawing.

Fourth Professional Examination:

Testimonies of Study.


Theory of Architectural Design—II.


Sanitation, Hygiene, and Electrical Installation.


Reinforced Concrete Construction.

Final Examination:

Testimonies of Study..


Professional Practice and Building Law.


Structural Steel Construction.


Specifications, Measurement, and Valuation of Materials.


Test Subject in Architectural Design.



Testimonies of Study

First Professional:

A sheet of the elements of Architecture, together with appropriate notes.


A composition based on a well-known building.


Construction details of trades covered by Architectural Construction—I.

Second Professional:

A sheet of carefully-drawn measured work, together with the survey notes taken by the candidate.


An elementary design problem.


Construction details of trades covered by Architectural Construction—II.

Third Professional:

Two design projects.


One sheet of working drawings.

Fourth Professional:

Two design projects. Moderate-sized buildings to show clearly the design.


An interior design.

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Final Examination:

An advanced design project.


A set of working drawings of a small building.


A specification for the above working drawings.

Preliminary Examination

Before students are permitted to take the professional course they must have passed the Entrance Examination of the University of New Zealand, or its equivalent as required by the University. In addition, candidates must pass a test in ‘drawing from the round’ to be submitted with the Matriculation Certificate to the Chairman of the Education Committee, N.Z.I.A., by the 14th March preceding the professional examination.

Town Planning

Lectures and tuition for the examinations of the Town-Planning Institute, London, are being inaugurated this year and commenced on 1st February.

Examinations are held during the first week of July and will be the last to be held under the present syllabus. The new syllabus commences next year but no examinations under it will be held until 1951. Lectures will probably commence during March of next year for the new syllabus. During the latter part of this year and the early part of next year, town planning students may carry out their measured drawings and set pieces.

The present course in town planning covers a period of three years. The first year a qualifying examination is held consisting of a measured drawing and set piece with report. In the second year the Intermediate examinations are held as follows:

I. Testimony of Study and Set Piece


A measured drawing of the main lines of a well-designed building or structure and of the surroundings appertaining to it.


Design for a simple subject in Town and Site Planning.

II. Examination Papers and Practical


Elementary Construction of Building and Roads.


Surveying and Levelling.


Elementary History of Town and Garden Planning in Great Britain and of Architecture in relation thereto.


The Principles of Design.


The Town and Country Planning Acts and Regulations.


Outlines of Town and Regional Planning.


Outlines of Local Government in England and Wales.



In the final year there is a Set Piece to be completed in two months. In addition to an oral examination the following written examinations are held:


The History of Town Planning.


Town Planning in Practice.


Town Planning in Relation to Architecture and Amenities—Parts I and II.


Town Planning in its Relation to Engineering—Parts I and II.


Town Planning in its Relation to Surveying—Part I and II.


The Law Relating to Town and Country Planning.

Candidates who have passed the Final Examination of the Royal Institute of British Architects or of the Institution of Civil Engineers, or of the Institution of Municipal Engineers, or of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, or any equivalent overseas examination, may receive exemption from the Intermediate Examination.

Applications to sit the examinations in New Zealand are required to be presented on 30th January of the year prior to that in which it is intended to sit. Recent applications submitted after this date have been granted permission to sit.


Lecture fees are £2 2s. per subject per year.

Studio instruction fees are £4 4s. per year for full instruction and £2 2s. for part-time instruction.

A rebate of 5s. per subject and 8s. for full studio instruction will be made for early payment of fees.


Ex-servicemen may receive full reimbursement of their fees on application to the Wellington District Office of the Rehabilitation Department.


Students wishing to enrol for any of the subjects or courses should apply to the Secretary. Architectural Centre. 3rd Floor, Dominion building, Wellington, for an interview with the Director. Inquiries should be made to Box 1628 or by ringing 46–124.


The Architectural Centre has no permanent accommodation other than a good clubroom and library in 39 Johnston Street. Lectures are carried out in the Draughting Rooms of the Housing Division of the Ministry of Works and studio space has been made available from the Government Architect's Office adjoining. Efforts are being made provide permanent accommodation.

Session 1949
Architectural Department

March 7

Autumn Term Opens.


Opening date for Testimony of Study, First Period.

April 1

Testimony of Study Fee (£1 10s.) to be sent to Registrar, N.Z.U.


Good Friday, Easter Recess beings.


Easter Recess ends.

May 7

Autpmn Term Closes.


Closing date for Testimony of Study, First Period.


Opening date for Testimony of Study, Second Period.


Winter Term Opens.

June 10

Professional Examination Fees must be in by this date.

Aug. 1

Closing date for Testimony of Study, Second Period.


Winter Term Closes.

Sept. 5

Spring Term Opens.

Oct. 1

Spring Term Closes.

Nov. 1

Examinations begin.

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Lecturers And Tutors

Director of the School

  • A. Graham Kofoed, B.Arch., a.n.z.i.a.


  • W. M. Bradshaw, A.C.I.S.(Eng.).

Town Planning Department

Principal and Tutor in Town-planning Law

Surveying and Related Subjects

  • R. Sissons, Dip. T.P., a.m.p.p.i., m.s.i.n.z.

Town-planning History

  • M. B. Patience, a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a., Dip. T.P., Dip. Civ. Des. (Lvpl.).

Engineering and Related Subjects

  • F. C. Basire, m.s.i.n.z., a.m.t.p.i.

Town-planning Practice, Architecture and Related Subjects

Architectural Department

Freehand Drawing

History of Architecture I

  • F. J. F. Sheppard, a.n.z.i.a.

History of Architecture II

  • F. H. Newman, Ing. Arch. (Vienna), Beaux Arts (Paris), a.r.j.b.a., a.n.z.i.a.

  • Elizabeth Taylor, a.n.z.i.a.

Architectural Construction I and II

  • G. Ferris, a.n.z.i.a.

  • I. F. Calder, a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a.

  • I. V. Clarkson, a.n.z.i.a.

  • G. F. Wilson. a.n.z.i.a.

  • E. V. Dawson, Dip.Arch., a.n.z.i.a.

  • V. Styles, a.n.z.i.a.

  • J. W. Bertinshaw, a.n.z.i.a.

Practical Mathematics

  • L. K. Arnold, a.n.z.i.a.

Descriptive Geometry and Sciagraphy and Perspective

Theory of Design

  • D. G. Porter. B.Arch., a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a., a.m.t.p.i.

Structural Mechanics

  • J. F. Wight, B.Arch., a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a.

  • J. I. King, a.r.i.b.a., f.n.z.i.a., a.m.i.struc.e.

History of Decoration

  • C. R. Honey, B.Arch., a.n.z.i.a.

Sanitation, Hygiene, and Electrical Installation

  • A. J. Scars, m.r.san.i.

Reinforced Concrete Construction and Structural Steel Construction

  • R. Abel, Dip.Arch.

Specifications, Professional Practice, and Building Law

  • A. G. Kofoed, B.Arch., a.n.z.i.a.

Design Instructors

  • E. A. Plishke, Diploma of Academy of School of Fine Arts (Austria), Member of Society of Engineers (Austria). Civil Engineer, Vienna (by exam)

  • Graham Dawson, Dip.Arch., a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a.

  • A. L. Gabites, A.A. Dip.Arch., Dip. T.P., a.r.i.b.a., a.n.z.i.a., a.m.t.p.i.

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