A generous bequest from an alumnus is helping to build a bright future for talented Architecture students.
The bequest is from Murray Wren, who was a lifelong professional architect and who qualified in Architecture at the University of Auckland.
It has enabled the University to set up an undergraduate scholarship in Architecture, awarded annually and covering the three years of the degree; a Masters scholarship in Architecture, awarded annually and covering the two years of the degree; and a doctoral scholarship awarded once every three years.
The Head of the School of Architecture, Associate Professor Julia Gatley, met Murray in London in 2013. “Murray trained here in our School in the 1940s. He was about the same generation as the well-known cohort of students who formed the Group Construction Company in 1949, and later became Group Architects. He spent most of his career in London. He maintained a friendship with Group Architect Bruce Rotherham, who also lived in London for most of his adult life.
“I met Murray in 2013, when I was researching Bruce’s work. Murray recalled great chess games with Bruce, and when the two were too elderly to commute to each other’s apartments on opposite sides of the city, they continued their chess competition by declaring their moves over the phone. He also enjoyed photography and drawing."