James Walter Chapman-Taylor was an architect devoted to designing houses based on the principles of the English Arts and Crafts movement. He was also a professional photographer, and had a penchant for interpreting horoscopes.
An Austrian émigré who sought refuge from the Nazi domination, Ernst Plischke’s modernist designs made an important contribution to post-war New Zealand architecture.
Born in Vienna in 1903, Plischke studied at the College for Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown. Following graduation in 1926 Plischke worked in a number of prominent Viennese and New York architecture firms.
A visit to Melbourne’s Centennial International Exhibition in 1888 at age fourteen sparked Edmund Anscombe’s lifelong interest in the design of international exhibitions. After serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter in south Otago, Anscombe left New Zealand to study architecture in the United States, where he also helped construct the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis, Missouri.
Cecil Wood was a leader of the architectural profession in New Zealand between the world wars, producing a substantial body of high-quality designs for a range of building types. His buildings were characterised by attention to detail, sensitivity to materials and a quest for formal perfection, and had a major impact on the architecture of Canterbury.
Wood’s career began at age 15 when he was articled to one of Christchurch's leading architects. Wood studied architecture at the School of Art under Samuel Hurst Seager, who introduced him to Arts and Crafts principles and practices.
Most containers pass through the hands of an entire new industry that has arisen to modify containers for other uses or to sell or lease them. In response, architects have coined the term ‘container architecture’ to cover this expanding field.