Munro Diversity Award

The Munro Diversity Award aims to celebrate outstanding careers or practices which continually support and/or promote diversity in architecture, and to recognise the invisible work that goes into supporting the many and varied sectors of the architectural community. We believe that the architectural profession is made stronger through the consistent support of those who encourage and celebrate diversity, and hope this award category makes this invaluable work more visible.

(See below for the explanation of the naming of this award.)

Judging criteria will be based on;

•      Evidence of continued support strategies for diversity in the workplace, including but not necessary restricted to gender

•      Evidence of strategies in place for support at an individual level

•      Evidence of a variety of expanded field interests and involvement

•      Contribution to the wider architectural community at a social and/or political level

Entry Criteria:

•      The Munro Diversity Award is open to all whose careers are in or around the field of architecture

•      Entry for the Munro Diversity Award is by nomination. The nominator does not need to be a member of the A+W•NZ database.

•      Entrants may nominate themselves or be nominated by another person or group /practice.

•      Nominations can be for an individual or a Practice/Collective.

•      Exclusions: the A+W•NZ core award team are not eligible for nomination (refer A+W·NZ website for non­eligible members).



The FIVE FINALISTS for the Munro Diversity Award;
(in alphabetical order)
Jade Kake (Matakohe Architecture + Urbanism)
Katherine Skipper (Warren and Mahoney)
Julie Wilson


The FIVE FINALISTS for the Munro Diversity Award;
(in alphabetical order)
Dorita Hannah (University of Tasmania)
Jane Hill (Chow: Hill)
Jade Kake (Te Matapihi he tirohangi mo te Iwi Trust)
Gillian Macleod & Jackie Gillies (MH Gillian Macleod & Origin Consultants)
Lindley Naismith (Scarlet Architects)


Finalists - Munro Diversity Award 2014:

Justine Clark and Gill Mathewson (Parlour)

Amanda Reynolds

Smith and Scully Architects

Studio Pacific

Thursday Lunch Group ( including Claire Chambers, Denise Civil, Ellen Brinkman)

Winner: Justine Clark & Gill Matthewson (Parlour)


The Awards are named for women who have had a considerable influence on New Zealand architecture;

Margaret Munro, for whom the Diversity Award is named, had a long and distinguished career as an architect in Christchurch.

Margaret Munro’s life-long career in architecture began with a passing comment of one of her childhood drawings.  The admirer was Christchurch architect Cecil Wood who provided Munro with her first place of employment, where she worked her way up from general office dogsbody to doing fine planning and detailing of his designs, alongside architects Paul Pascoe, Gerald Bucknell and Robert (Bob) Munro, whom she later married.  It was the 1930’s and Munro was dissuaded against entering into formal architectural studies.  “Cecil was a man who thought girls should have a lovely social life and look pretty.  He felt I would be wasting the best years of my life if I bothered about exams”.  Munro instead complimented her work in Wood’s office with classes at the Canterbury College School of Fine Arts, later becoming secretary of the Architectural Students Association.  In 1945, Bob and Margaret left Wood’s practice, setting up in partnership. While their work was collaborative, Bob was the qualified architect so the practice and designs went under his name.  Following Bob’s death in 1959 Margaret was encouraged to apply to the NZIA for registration and in 1960, after 29 years in the profession, Margaret Munro was finally able to call herself an architect.  Munro continued to practice up until her retirement in 1975.  “I set up as Mrs Margaret S. Munro ANZIA, with the Mrs in very small print”.  Her reputation for a traditional approach to design, reliability, and attention to detail ensured steady commissions.  Her work includes the cricket pavilion and Burnett Block at St Andrew’s College, the McSkimming Industries office building on Tuam St and many houses.  “Once you are an architect, I don’t think you ever stop being one.”