Sir Miles Warren, ONZ, KBE, FNZIA (born in Christchurch in 1929) is New Zealand's foremost modern architect. He apprenticed under Cecil Wood before studying architecture at The University of Auckland, eventually working at the London County Council where he was exposed to British New Brutalism. Upon returning to Christchurch, and forming the practice Warren & Mahoney, he was instrumental in developing the "Christchurch School" of architecture, an intersection between the truth-to-materials and structural expression that characterized Brutalism, and the low-key, Scandinavian and Japanese commitment to “straightforwardness". He retired from Warren & Mahoney in 1994, but continues to consult as an architect and maintain his historic home and garden at Ohinetahi.
Warren was educated at Christ's College. He commenced his architectural training as an apprentice to Cecil Wood and studied architecture via correspondence at the Christchurch Atelier. Warren later moved to Auckland to complete his studies at the University of Auckland.
Warren’s first major building was the Dorset Street Flats (designed in 1956) that were derided as prison-like due to their small scale and exposed concrete. This domestic vocabulary was quickly adapted to various building types – the Dental Nurses... Read More