Maurice Clark is recognised for his commitment and contribution to the architectural landscape through his restoration projects of some of Wellington's most notable heritage buildings.
With a history in construction and engineering and a skill in recognising smart and cost-effective ways of strengthening an existing built structure, Clark has enabled a large number of Wellington's structurally vulnerable buildings to be restored and repurposed. His talk will give an insight into the engineering strategies he employs to restore the structural integrity and inhabitability of a building illustrated by projects such as Victoria University of Wellington's Hunter Building (1904), old Government Buildings (1876), Museum of Wellington City and Sea (1892), and most recently and notably the Old Public Trust Building (1908)—a building that others saw as beyond saving after the 2013 earthquake.
Clark describes his work as the necessity to envision what the new life and use for a building will be. He is committed to seeing that our heritage buildings are not just strengthened and left, nor seen as objects to pull down, as we continue to ask what significant values heritage buildings offer to our city.
In partnership with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Wellington. Refreshments served.