Architecture Archive

Image: Gummer & Ford. (ca. 1927). Auckland Railway Station.  Gummer & Ford Collection. (GF5). [Detail].

Image: Gummer & Ford. (ca. 1927). Auckland Railway Station. Gummer & Ford Collection. (GF5). [Detail].


The Architecture Archive is a rich and nationally-significant resource which consists primarily of the drawings and associated architectural records of many prominent architects, particularly for the Auckland region. Some collections have a broader New Zealand focus and include international projects.

The Archive contains a wide range of original and reprographic architectural drawings, including presentation, contract and working drawings, and sketches. Some collections have associated project documentation such as specifications, correspondence and photographs, along with other professional papers, including lecture transcripts and personal papers, e.g., diaries and travel sketchbooks.

The material relates to around 250 architectural practices or individuals, including more than 60,000 sheets of drawings. The work of some of Auckland’s more prominent architects from the latter part of the 19th and 20th centuries are represented, including H. L. Massey, Gummer & Ford, E. A. Bartley, R. A. Lippincott, Holman & Moses, Arnold & Abbott, M.K. & R.F. Draffin, Vernon Brown, Group Architects, T. K. Donner and R. H. Toy.

Holdings relating to the history of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning are another strength. That includes historical teaching prospectuses, the papers of Professor R. T. Kennedy, the first Professor of Town Planning, and some of the papers of Professor C. R. Knight, the first Professor of Architecture.


Source: Photograph of the file for Francis Gordon Wilson (W748g). Sheppard Collection. Sheppard Collection

The Sheppard Collection features articles, newspaper clippings and photographs relating to architects who have practiced in New Zealand, arranged by architect’s name.


Source: Rusk, Laura. ‘Michael Ford Cottage, Howick. Howick Historical Village, Auckland’ (2011). Measured Drawing MD 2165. Measured Drawings Collection. [Detail]. Measured Drawings

A collection of measured drawings created between 1930-2011 by University of Auckland Architecture students of mainly New Zealand buildings.


Searching the Collections

The Architecture Archive database has been retired. The records are being transferred to the Manuscripts and Archives catalogue to improve discovery of the collections. During the migration period, the Architecture Archive database is available as a read-only spreadsheet for searching.

Use Search Everything to find measured drawings; contact Special Collections about the Sheppard Collection.


Assistance and access

Access to material from the Architecture Archive, Sheppard Collection and Measured Drawings is by appointment only. Email Special Collections for further assistance and to request access. Please include details about the scope and purpose of your research so that we can prepare for your visit.