Devonport-based architect and long-standing resident Jack Manning has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
This award – only one of which is made in any given year, and not necessarily in every year – is for career achievement.
Jack has lived for 50 years in the house he designed for his family on Stanley Point and is one of his own design; a few years back he added a little boatshed at the bottom of the cliff.
At 82, he still practices architecture, going into his office in High Street in the city every day. He has designed some important Auckland buildings: the AMP Building, a modernist office building on Queen St that still looks good half a century on; the Music School at Auckland University; several buildings at Auckland Teachers Training College in Epsom; and the Majestic Centre in Wellington.
Jack has always been a designer first and foremost, and has never been a self-promoter. His one venture into politics, which got him onto the old Devonport Borough Council, was motivated by his concern to save Ngataringa Bay from development.
The citation from the Institute of Architects reads;
“Widely read, well informed, possessing firm opinions but alive to new ideas, Jack is a fine representative of the profession to which he has dedicated himself, and a most worthy recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold MedalNZ. Jack is a very worthy recipient of New Zealand architecture’s highest honour.”