|25 November 1998|
The architectural design competition for the new Christchurch Art Gallery was a two stage process.
An advertisement was placed in all the national papers on 4 July 1998 (and a copy given to the Institute of Architects to distribute to their branches) inviting the architectural profession to participate in the nationwide competition.
Stage one required entrants to submit a design concept and practice capability. Huge interest was generated with Council receiving 180 requests for information guidelines. By deadline on 28 August, 94 submissions had been received from throughout New Zealand.
The panel of assessors selected a short list of five which was announced on 8 September. Stage two required these five to submit further detail and development of their designs by 30 October.
During November the panel has spent much time assessing each design, then inviting full presentations from all the five short listed teams for further clarification for the professional assessors and the advisory committee before reaching its decision. The result of this, the winning design, is to be announced on 25 November.