Join us for the launch of renowned New Zealand architect, Pete Bossley’s new book One Year Drawn.

 ‘A generous and open sharing of personal reflection.’                                 
— John Wardle, architect

Architecture and drawing have been dual obsessions for Pete Bossley, one of New Zealand’s foremost architects. This colourful and engaging book by Point Publishing Ltd recalls the watershed year that helped to shape these shared loves.

As a young architect, Pete Bossley sets off on a 12-month voyage that takes him to Japan, Europe and the United States. With 10 ragtag sketchbooks as his companions he draws the buildings he experiences, the places he visits and the people he encounters along the way. Evolving from descriptive to expressive to atmospheric, the sketches from his travels reflect his dawning awareness of space and light and their transformative influence on architecture. 

In a refreshingly candid observation of his younger self, Bossley revisits the journal entries and drawings that chronicle his year of exploration and transports the reader to some of the world’s most celebrated architectural landmarks.

 ‘Computers offer no replacement for the immediacy and pleasure felt by the action and the love of drawing,’ says Bossley, whose enthusiasm for abstraction in form and colour has evolved from sketchbooks to paintings and new technologies explored alongside his award-winning architecture.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.



Pete Bossley, director of Bossley Architects has an extensive reputation in architecture and interior design, with particular experience in galleries and museums, residential and retail. He was the joint principal responsible for design and documentation of the architecture of the national Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, whilst a Director at Jasmax, including interior design of all public and work spaces. He is involved as a concept designer in all projects in the practice, and his work has received numerous architectural awards. He has exhibited and lectured extensively on his work here and overseas, including Tokyo, Vancouver, Santiago, and Australia. He has also taught architectural design for over 25 years, and was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Unitec Architecture and Landscape School.

Pete’s work has been published in a wide variety of NZ and international publications, and a monograph of the practice was published in 2005. In 2012 Pete was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal, the highest honour in New Zealand Architecture. As well as the satisfaction of receiving so many awards from his architectural peers, one of the most gratifying aspects of his career is the long list of clients who have returned to commission more than one project.

Pete Bossley, One Year Drawn, Auckland, Point Publishing, 2019