The College House buildings and campus were designed by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney of Warren and Mahoney.

Most of the buildings were completed in 1964-67. As the college grew (and admitted women) later additions were made in the early 1990s and 2000s.

Warren and Mahoney’s ‘well-mannered modernism’ design for the College won the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ (NZIA) Gold Medal in 1969 and the NZIA Enduring Award in 1999. Read more about Warren and Mahoney’s design.

College House Bell c.2006

College House Bell c.2006

A Conversation with Sir Miles Warren

In 2014, we commissioned a short film on the architecture, to capture the essence of Sir Miles’ design and the stories behind the architecture of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful buildings.

Walk with Sir Miles around the quad, chapel and library whilst he talks about how the buildings were commissioned, and why it was designed in such a different way from most university halls of residence.

The video was filmed and edited by College House alumnus, Seung-woo Hong (2011-12) and directed by Adrienne Olsen, Adroite Communications.