As I have said, I was in London at the LCC, extraordinarily fortunate to be sitting right in the middle of the birth of Brutalism. I went over the Hunstanton School with the Smithsons and Ove Arup - that is the Miesian steel and brick building, suffering now badly from the salt spray of the Wash. I went to the great debate at the AA about the Leeds housing competition, lapped up the Corbusian influence of the LCC led by Bill Howell, Killick, Amis, Partridge etc. and like so many architects, came home to New Zealand brimful of ideas and determined to force them on an unsuspecting public. We designed within the principles clearly laid down by the Group. Modest blocks of flats followed one after the other. The Brutalist bare brick of England became white concrete block used as far as I know for the first time as an architectural element in a habitable room in flats in Dorset Street. Think of all the grotty motel rooms that has spawned! Fairface concrete beams sat firmly on load-bearing reinforced masonry - all has European substance. The sequence of flats led to Christchurch College whose design began in 1960. It still surprises me today that such a pillar of the establishment should instruct an architect just in his thirties to design and then accept such a building. That was also the year we began the Students’ Union in Canterbury, aptly describes as a skeletal encrustation.
MILES WARREN, “Style In New Zealand Architecture”, New Zealand Architect, No. 3, NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects), 1978, pp 3-5.