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Amanda Levete to Lecture in Auckland and Christchurch

Levete is the international jury member of HOME magazine’s Home of the Year award, which is sponsored by Altherm Window Systems.  The competition is New Zealand’s richest architectural prize, with an award of $15,000 for the designers of the winning home.  Levete will tour the country visiting homes shortlisted for the award and give lectures in Auckland on March 10 and Christchurch on March 12.

Amanda Levete made her reputation in the 1990s in the influential architectural practice Future Systems, which she formed with her husband, the late Jan Kaplicky.

Together, they designed the striking aluminium capsule that is the Lord’s Cricket Ground Media Centre, which won the coveted Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture.  More publicly visible is the landmark Selfridges building in Birmingham, completed in 2003.  Its sculptural form has ensured its place as a symbol of the regeneration of Birmingham.

Levete formed Amanda Levete Architects in 2009 following Kaplicky’s death.  The firm has significant commissions under way in Britain and around the world, including a competition-winning design for a new entrance and extension to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, a waterfront cultural centre in Lisbon, and a large hotel and shopping complex in Bangkok.

Levete has collaborated with the artist Anish Kapoor on a number of projects and also designs furniture for Established & Sons.  She writes about architecture for London’s New Statesman magazine.

The Home of the Year award will be announced at a function in Auckland in early April, with the winners and finalists published in HOME’s Home of the Year issue. Follow Altherm Window System’s Facebook page for live updates on the judging process at or follow HOME editor Jeremy Hansen on Twitter.

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