Andrew Patterson (architect)

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Andrew Patterson
Andrew Patterson.jpg
Born (1960-06-12) 12 June 1960 (age 62)
NationalityNew Zealander
EducationKings College, Auckland; School of Architecture, University of Auckland
Known forPatterson Associates, formed 1990

Andrew James Campbell Patterson (born 12 June 1960) is an Auckland, New Zealand-based architect.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the Waikato region, Patterson claims to be from a family of four generations of professionals, lawyers and doctors.[1]

Patterson completed a Bachelor of Architecture degree at The University of Auckland in 1984 and started his own practice in 1986.[2]


Patterson Associates designed the Len Lye Centre, which is part of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The centre opened in 2015 to show the works of influential kinetic sculpture Len Lye.[3]

The Geyser building, in Auckland, is the recipient of New Zealand's only 6 Green Star rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council.[4][5]

Stainless steel exterior of the Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Patterson Associates's MaiMai House was one of 16 finalists in the "private homes" category of the 2nd annual World Architecture Festival in 2009.[6]

Patterson is Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (FNZIA).[7] In 2017 Patterson was awarded the FNZIA's Gold Medal.[8] He is the director of Patterson Associates.[2]

Patterson has advocated for greater use of indigenous New Zealand stories and symbols in the design of public buildings.[9]

Concrete interior of the Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Personal life[edit]

On the morning of the 27th of May 2015, Patterson was leaving his home on his Porsche SUV and suspected he hit a road cone, which happened to be cyclist Peter Redmond. Redmond suffered multiple rib fractures and abrasions, a dislocated knee, and a lacerated liver.[10] He remained hospitalised for weeks, underwent multiple surgeries and was likely to remain partially disabled or undergo further surgeries, the court heard.[11][12]

Charged with careless driving causing injury, Patterson initially pleaded not guilty before changing his plea to guilty after a court adjournment.[13] Judge Evangelos Thomas ordered Patterson to pay NZD$3000 in emotional harm reparations, in addition to "significant" payments he'd already made, and barred him from driving for six months.[12]


  1. ^ Walsh, John. "Andrew Patterson, Gold Medal interview". NZ Institute of Architects. Retrieved 21 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b "Pattersons Associates Architects". Homes to Love. Retrieved 21 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Harvey, Justine (28 July 2015). "The sculptural Len Lye Centre by Patterson Associates has opened its doors". Architecture Australia. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "'World leading' Geyser building gets 6 Green Star Built tick from NZ Green Building Council" (Press release). New Zealand Green Building Council. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ Dickens, Stephen. "Geyser building". Architecture Now. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  6. ^ "NZ designs among world's best". 31 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "NZIA Fellows". New Zealand Institute of Architects. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 Gold Medal: Andrew Patterson". New Zealand Institute of Architects. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Why we should stop getting Aussies to design our buildings". Idealog. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Cyclist lucky to be alive". NZ Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Cyclist pinned under SUV crushed". NZ Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  12. ^ a b Dennett, Kelly (24 November 2015). "Top Auckland architect fined for hitting cyclist". Stuff. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Top architect pleads guilty". NZ Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2022.

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