Professor Andrew James Barrie

MArch, DEng (Tokyo)


Dr Andrew Barrie is a New Zealand-born architectural critic and designer formerly based in Tokyo. After completing doctoral studies in Japan, Andrew spent several years working as a project architect in the office of Toyo Ito, one of Japan's most innovative and influential architects. On returning to New Zealand, he worked at Cheshire Architects in Auckland, and is a regular contributor to architecture and design journals. He has authored two books on the work of Toyo Ito, and in 2007 established Pecha Kucha Nights in New Zealand. Andrew's own design work has won numerous awards in both NZ and Japan, and has been exhibited in both countries. 

Research | Current

Contemporary Japanese architecture

Contemporary practice and design

Design as research

Architectural representation

Teaching | Current

Design Studio

Postmodern & Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism

Modern Architecture & Urbanism

Japanese Architecture; New Zealand Architecture

Postgraduate supervision

Creative Practice in Architecture 

Timber design and fabrication 

Design for education

Alternative building procurement models


2020 Winner, Learning Environments NZ Awards (Ed. Initiative category) - for Timber Research Structures

2020 Silver Pin, Best Awards (Public category) - for OTBC

2020 Silver Pin, Best Awards (Exhibition category) - for In Context: RTA Studio

2020 Silver Pin, Best Awards (Exhibition category) - for Cloud of Witnesses 

2020 Bronze Pin, Best Awards (Public category) - for [v]Supernormal Play Structure

2020 Winner, NZIA Auckland Architecture Award (Small Project Category) - for In Context: RTA Studio

2020 Highly Commended, Timber Design Awards (Exterior category) - for Supernormal Play Structure

2020 Finalist, Timber Design Awards (Public Building category) - for OTBC

2020 Finalist, Timber Design Awards (Interior category) - for OTBC

2020 Finalist, Timber Design Awards (NZ Specialty Timber category) – for Cloud of Witnesses 

2019 Shortlisted, NZIA National Awards - for OTBC

2019 Winner, NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards - for OTBC

2019 Winner, Christchurch Civic Trust Awards - for OTBC

2019 Gold Award, Commercial Property Awards - for OTBC

2019 University of Auckland Research Excellence Medal - for CGS

2019 Winner, Learning Environments Australasia Awards (New Facilities <$8m) - for Cathedral Grammar Junior School

2018 Ted McCoy Award for Educational Architecture, NZIA National Awards - for CGS

2018 National Award, NZIA National Awards (Education category) - for CGS

2018 Overall Winner, Learning Environments NZ Awards - for CGS

2018 Winner, Learning Environments NZ Awards (New Facilities <$8m) - for CGS

2018 Commended, Canterbury Heritage Awards (Future Heritage category) - for CGS

2018 Winner, NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards (Education category) - for CGS

2018 Winner, NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards (Interior category) - for CGS

2018 Winner, NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards (Resene Color Award) - for CGS

2018 Highly Commended, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards ﴾External Innovation﴿ - for Timber Research Structures

2018 Finalist, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards ﴾External Innovation category﴿ - for Timber Research Structures

2018 Finalist, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards
﴾Specialty Timber category﴿ - for Timber Research Structures

2017 Overall Supreme Winner, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards - for CGS

2017 Winner, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards (Architectural Excellence) - for CGS

2017 Highly Commended, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards (Structural Innov.) - for CGS

2017 Value Award, Commercial Project Awards (best bldg in NZ in $2-5m range) - for CGS

2017 Gold Award, Commercial Project Awards (Education category) - for CGS

2016 Gold Pin, Best Awards (Public category) - for CGS

2016 Winner, Interior Awards (Craftsmanship category) - for CGS

2016 Finalist, Interior Awards (Civic category) - for CGS

2016 Merit Award, Association of Consulting Engineers of NZ Awards - for CGS

2015 NZIA Presidents Award - for contribution to the profession

2014 Winner, Interior Awards (Installation category) - for Model Home

2013 Gold Pin, Best Awards - for Model Home

2013 Bronze Pin, Best Awards - for Familial Clouds

2013 Dean’s Award for Leadership, University of Auckland

2012 Highly Commended, AAA Design Awards - for Block

2011 Fellowship, International Central Networks Fund, University of Auckland

2012 Winner, NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards (w’ Cheshire Architects) - for Leigh Marine Reserve

2012 Finalist, Best Awards (w’ Cheshire Architects) - for Leigh Marine Reserve

2010 Winner, Resene Total Colour Maestro Award (w’ Cheshire Architects) - for Leigh Marine Reserve

2009 Winner, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards (w’ Cheshire Architects) - for Leigh Marine Reserve

2008 ADI Compasso d’Oro (Italy) (w’ Toyo Ito & Associates) - for Horm Stand 2005

2007 Winner, Cavalier-Bremworth AAA Design Award (w’ Cheshire Architects) - for Church in the West

1999 Selected, SD Review publication & exhibition, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan

1998 Selected, SD Review publication & exhibition, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan

1998 Yamagiwa Art Foundation Scholarship, Japan

1997 Monbusho Research Scholarship, Japan

1996 Winner, Carter Holt Harvey Architectural Award

1995 Winner, Carter Holt Harvey Architectural Award

1995 Winner, Cavalier-Bremworth AAA Design Awards

1994 Winner, Cavalier-Bremworth AAA Design Awards

1993 Winner, Cavalier-Bremworth AAA Design Awards

1991 Venice Prize, 5th International Architectural Exhibition, Venice Biennale (Italy)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2014-             Member, ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Review Panel

2011-2020       Secretary, Objectspace Board 

2006-2020    Member, New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Branch Ctte

2006-             Member, Block Foundation Board

1988-             Academic Member, New Zealand Institute of Architects

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Barrie, A. J. (2017). Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. New Zealand Oxford Terrace Baptist Church
  • Barrie, A., & Tezuka Architects (2014). Cathedral Grammar Junior School. New Zealand Cathedral Grammar School
  • Barrie, A. (2014). Shigeru Ban: Cardboard Cathedral. Auckland: Auckland University Press. Pages: 252.
  • Waghorn, K. (Ed.) (2014). The lab: At the 5th Auckland Triennial, 2013. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Art Gallery/Toi o Tāmaki and the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. Pages: 79.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Davis
  • Barrie, A. J. Disasters, fires, and slow-motion earthquakes: a project for The Lab at the 5th Auckland Triennial : If you were to live here..Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 23/7/2013 - 11/8/2013 Related URL.
  • Barrie, A., & Twose, S. A familial cloud [Paper, ink, mirrored acrylic, timber plinth] Traces of centuries and future steps: Collateral event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia. Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy. 29/8/2012 - 25/11/2012
  • Barrie, A. J. Okoshi-ezu: Unfolding the New Japanese ArchitectureState Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 26/5/2010 - 11/6/2010
  • Barrie, A. J. (2010). Aesthetic Robin Hoods: The Group and Japan, California, Scandinavia. In J. Gatley (Ed.) Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (pp. 208-216). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 335
New Zealand