Christchurch architect Alun Wilkie dies aged 68

Christchurch architect Alun Wilkie has died aged 68.
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Christchurch architect Alun Wilkie has died aged 68.

A Christchurch architect who designed well-known buildings, including the Knox Church rebuild and The Piano performing arts centre, has died. 

Alun Trevor Wilkie died in Auckland Hospital last Tuesday. He was 68 years old. 

Wilkie and his business partner, Alec Bruce, established Wilkie and Bruce Architects.

The Knox Church rebuild on Bealey Ave won an architecture award.
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The Knox Church rebuild on Bealey Ave won an architecture award.

Bruce said Wilkie's death was unexpected. He paid tribute to the "passionate architect" in an obituary published in the NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA) bulletin.

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It noted some of his projects including the Christchurch City Mission, The Ara Jazz School, the Canterbury Club, Knox Church, and The Piano Centre for Music and Performing Arts. 

Alun Wilkie, left, and engineer Mark Bellany stand at Knox Church during reconstruction in 2014.
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Alun Wilkie, left, and engineer Mark Bellany stand at Knox Church during reconstruction in 2014.

He was responsible for the restoration of Te Koraha at Rangi Ruru and Strowan House at St Andrew's College.

Wilkie was the architect for the Canterbury Television building, which collapsed in the Christchurch earthquake, but had no hand in its structural engineering. 

He attended Shirley Boys' High School and St Andrew's College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Auckland University in 1972. 

The Piano performing arts building in Christchurch.
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The Piano performing arts building in Christchurch.

He was recently a trustee of the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Trust.

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"He worked hard to display creativity, quality and interest in every project," Bruce said. 

"Christchurch has lost one of its most notable architects."

The main theatre in The Piano on Armagh St.
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The main theatre in The Piano on Armagh St.

Wilkie retired from Wilkie & Bruce Architects in April last year. His death was the result of post-surgery health complications. 

His is survived by his wife, Miriam, children Sam and Ayme and two grandchildren. 

A funeral would be held on Tuesday at the Knox Presbyterian Church on Bealey Ave, Christchurch.

 - Stuff

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