New Zealand’s First Female Architects

My latest project is the study of New Zealand’s first female architects, which I have been working on for about 18 months now.  Our first registered female architect registered as an architect in 1914, over a century ago.  Her name was Lucy Greenish (1888 – 1976), as pictured in the main image.

I have uncovered lots of amazing details about her life, as well as stories about Katherine Beath (pictured in the advertisement below), and Esther James (see her biography here), and about 30 other women who worked and/or trained to be architects in the era 1900-1945.

I’m excited to say that this week I start a lecture tour of Christchurch (18 Sept 2018), Wellington (21 Sept 2018) and Auckland (25 Sept 2018) to talk about them, as part of the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Festival of Architecture, and organised for me by the group Architecture + Women.  These events are also perfectly timed as they are being held at the time of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.


When:  Tuesday 18 September 2018
Where: Philip Carter Family Auditorium
Christchurch Art Gallery
Cost:     Free
Please register via Eventbrite (ChCh) for catering purposes

When:  Friday 21 September 2018
Where: City Gallery
Cost:     Free
Please register via Eventbrite (Well) for catering purposes

When:  Tuesday 25 September 2018
Where: Pioneer Hall, Ellen Melville Centre
Freyburg Place, Auckland
Cost:     Free
Please register via Eventbrite (Ak) for catering purposes

I’m really looking forward to sharing these stories in public for the first time.  Please come along and listen!

If you have any details about any of New Zealand’s earliest female architects, I would love to hear from you.  Please click the comment section below to send me a message.


One Comment Add yours

  1. John Samson says:

    I have been reading, with interest, of the many women of prominence during this weeks celebration of Woman’s Suffrage. I had hoped to see the name Katherine Beath among them. My interest in Katherine is due to me having been given, by her late son David McDougall ,a lovely watercolour of hers . Best wishes for your evening, which, unfortunately I am unable to attend.


    John Samson

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