GOLD! Julie Stout Gold Medal Winner 2021

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16 February 2022

We are celebrating!

On Wednesday 16 February 2022, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects announced Julie Stout as the 2021 Gold Medal winner.

 

The Gold Medal is the highest individual honour an architect can achieve in New Zealand, and Julie is its first female recipient. A+W NZ are celebrating the historical significance of this award – and offering our huge congratulations to Julie, whose full and broad body of work is so deserving of this high honour.

Screenshot from the Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA online announcement, 1pm 16 February 2022

To celebrate Julie, and to acknowledge Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA in their selection, A+W NZ have created seven short videos to capture some of Julie’s infectious spirit, broad interests and influence, and serious commitment to architecture. The videos have been made to acknowledge the importance of Julie’s recognition and its effect on Aotearoa New Zealand’s architectural canon.

On Friday 14 January 2022, some members of A+W NZ visited Julie to talk with her about her experiences in architecture and life. We discussed how she interweaves her passion for good urban design with politics, her adventurous spirit, working with partner in architecture and life Gold Medal winner David Mitchell, and her relentless exploring of the dissolved edge of nature and architecture. Each short video focusses on one of the themes that emerged from our discussions that Friday evening.

Thank you, Julie, for your time and excellent company.

And thank you for leading the way for so many more women to follow.

One video will be released each week, beginning today with A+W NZ Video 1: GOLD! Julie Stout 2021 Introduction.

Check out our website, Instagram and Facebook pages for video postings each week.

Here are the links to the full set of videos;

A+W NZ 07: Julie Leading the Way (3:20 min, 8 April 2022)

A+W NZ Video 06: Julie's Activism (3:26 min, 1 April 2022)

A+W NZ Video 05: Urban Projects (4:08 min, 25 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 04: Working With David (4:45 min, 11 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 03: Julie's Adventurous Spirit (4:49 min, 4 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 02: Garden and Water Pavilions (4:48 min, 26 February 2022)

A+W NZ Video 1: GOLD! Julie Stout 2021 Introduction. (3:45 min, 19 February 2022)

Still from A+W NZ Video 1: GOLD! Julie Stout 2021 Introduction

 

Screenshot from the Gold Medal page of the Te Kahui Whaihanga NZIA website, showing the first woman to join the esteemed lineup of recipients

We acknowledge Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA in their excellent selection for the 2021 Gold Medal, and especially for opening doors to women in the future.

thank you for looking.

(And dare we say it – it’s about time!)

A+W NZ are also very proud of the effect that the A+W NZ Dulux Award programme has had on the visibility of women in architecture.

The awards were designed with specific targets for each of the three awards (link article), and the A+W NZ Chrystall Excellence Award (link) showcases the many women who have led ‘expanded and full careers in architecture over several decades. A major focus of this career award is recognition of excellence in a body of workleadership, and contribution to the community through mentorship.

Julie Stout was also the first recipient of the A+W NZ Chrystall Excellence Award, again leading the way and a mentor for so many. The breadth of her career includes the establishment of award-winning practice Mitchell Stout Dodd Architects with partner in life and architecture, David Mitchell (Gold Medal 2005), her deep involvement in the protection of the urban form of Tamaki Makaurau, especially through her role leading Urban Auckland, and inspiring the next generation of architects as a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Julie Stout being presented the A+W NZ Chrystall Award by Lillian Chrystall, who the award is named after. 27 September 2014

Chrystall Award 2014 citation for winner Julie Stout, written by Jury of the inaugural A+W NZ Awards 2014, in A+W NZ Awards Publication pp40-41

The future is bright for women working in architecture.

Thank you, Julie, for leading the way.

 

Here are the links to the full set of videos;

A+W NZ 07: Julie Leading the Way (3:20 min, 8 April 2022)

A+W NZ Video 06: Julie's Activism (3:26 min, 1 April 2022)

A+W NZ Video 05: Urban Projects (4:08 min, 25 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 04: Working With David (4:45 min, 11 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 03: Julie's Adventurous Spirit (4:49 min, 4 March 2022)

A+W NZ Video 02: Garden and Water Pavilions (4:48 min, 26 February 2022)

A+W NZ Video 1: GOLD! Julie Stout 2021 Introduction. (3:45 min, 19 February 2022)

 

Other media and official announcement links;

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects announcement

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal webpage

NZ Herald

Architecture Now

TVNZ TV One

RNZ 'Playing Favourites' with Kim Hill Sat 19 Feb 2022

76 Small Rooms, Episode 037 4 March 2022

 

A+W NZ Team: Lynda Simmons, Divya Purushotham, Madalena Refiti

Video editing: Madalena Refiti

Music: by NOA Records or Charles Small