The Trust

In May 2006 Sir Miles Warren established the Warren Architects’ Education Charitable Trust (The Warren Trust) as a vehicle to promote architectural education to both the architectural profession and the wider public in New Zealand.

“I have been a practicing architect for 53 years. With a group of great partners, architects and draughtsmen, we have designed numerous buildings which have been well received and sometimes have achieved the art of architecture. It has been a most enjoyable and rewarding process; rewarding architecturally, professionally and, somewhat surprisingly, financially. I have nearly completed my last major design so it is now time that I gave something back to architecture. With the co-operation of the Institute, and with legal approval, I have established a charitable trust for the education of architects.

“The purpose of this trust, set out in the deed, is to provide education for New Zealand architects and for the benefit of the public, by: building public awareness of the art of architecture in society; promoting and making accessible the art of architecture through exhibitions, resources and debate; and promoting educational courses on the art of architecture. The trust will provide for an annual public lecture on the art of architecture, and allow for the use in whole or in part the property and buildings located at 65 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, by the Canterbury members of the NZIA. It will also provide for the establishment of an architectural library in Christchurch. As well, the trust will support any other activities promoting education in the art of architecture.”

(Sir Miles Warren, NZIA New Zealand Awards, 27 May 2006).


The Trust Board will comprise:

  • The President of the NZIA (or his nominee);
  • Two Christchurch members of the NZIA;
  • A member of the Warren/Trengrove extended family;
  • A financial controller;
  • Sir Miles Warren.