New DNZB Entries: Kiwi legends of architecture and design

Fourteen new entries featuring legendary architects, industrial and fashion designers, and inventors have been added to Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB).

This latest batch of entries is edited by Pou Hītori Matua Senior Historian at Manatū Taonga, Elizabeth Cox, and features biographies of architects, inventors and designers written by contributing authors including:

Safua Akeli Amaama on Joseph Churchward, a Samoan-born graphic designer whose internationally renowned typeface graced record covers, billboards, newspapers and popular literature during his lifetime and beyond.

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins on Avis Higgs, a leading figure in wartime textile design in Australia who became a New Zealand artist and designer of note upon her return to her native Wellington.

Natalie Smith on Kura Ensor a fashion entrepreneur from Auckland, who was part of a renaissance in Māori-influenced design during the 1970s.

Gareth Phipps on Colin Murdoch, a Timaru-based inventor who revolutionised safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness of medical treatments for both humans and animals.

Ian Lochhead on Peter Beaven, one of the most prominent figures in New Zealand architecture, both as the designer of instantly recognisable buildings and as a commentator on architecture and urban design, particularly in Christchurch.

The captivating stories are supported by visual samples of the artists’ works.

More information on the new entries can be found here.