Public Lecture – Simon Ewings – Project Director at Snøhetta


Simon Ewings joined Snøhetta in 2001 as facade designer for the Oslo Opera house. 
He subsequently took on the role of Design Team Leader and then site Architect until handover in 2008.

Simon has led Snøhetta’s design teams for several competitions and large projects since then, notably moving to New York in 2011 as project director for the extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

After returning to Oslo he took on a new role as Assistant Managing Director with particular responsibility for project development and quality.

He has recently stepped down from that role to work more directly with certain high profile projects and expand Snøhetta’s position in the UK market.

Simon has also represented Snøhetta around the world giving numerous lectures and presentations.

Futuna Chapel Open Day- Musical Performance By Karen Batten & Ingrid Bauer – Public Talk by David Straight


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A graduate of Victoria University, Karen Batten has developed a varied freelance career. She is Principal Flute for Orchestra Wellington and has frequently worked for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Karen has taught extensively throughout the Wellington region and continues to teach privately. Chamber music is a passion for Karen. She has been part of several groups, some of which have toured nationally for Chamber Music New Zealand.

Ingrid Bauer is the Principal Harp of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with Bach Musica, the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, and the Wellington Youth Orchestra. Ingrid has performed solo in competitions and recitals in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and has a solo CD called Dreambird. As a chamber musician, Ingrid has toured with her ensembles Toru and Parp!, and performed at the 2014 Huntington Estate Music Festival. She is also a founding member of the harp septet SHE, which has performed around the world.

David Straight was born in Christchurch, raised on the West Coast, and graduated from Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington. He is a photographer whose work focuses primarily on architecture and the built environment, and he now works with many leading New Zealand architects, with his latest work, exploring the essence of John Scott’s work – from intimate images of architectural details and moments, to ideas rooted in te ao Māori which are found in Scott’s work.

The book is a celebration of one of New Zealand’s most important architects and a timely acknowledgment not only of his buildings but also his place within our wider cultural context.

A koha entry concert as part of the Friends of Futuna Annual Open Day.

Bookings are required – Click here to make a booking

Karori Modernism – An Architectural walking tour – March 2019


This exclusive architectural self-guided walking tour, presented by the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust and The Friends of Te Papa, will begin at Futuna Chapel, 67 Friend Street, Karori, with an illustrated talk on Modernism and The Group by leading architectural historian Dr Julia Gatley, Associate Professor of Architecture, Auckland University.

The afternoon will conclude back at Futuna with a glass of wine, where you will be able to meet Julia and enjoy the stunning architecture of the chapel in the late afternoon sun.

Registration check-in on the day will be at Futuna Chapel from 12.30 pm, where you will receive the walking tour details, colour coded maps, the address and information on the four houses, and your name tag and instructions.  All houses are within a short walking distance from each other, and in some places access is steep.  You will be asked to take your shoes off when visiting each house.  Please note no children under the age of 16 or pets are permitted on the tour.


Members and Registered Architect $75, (Registered Architects will be eligible for 40 CPD points.).

Non-members $75. Numbers are limited. Includes Dr Julia Gatley’s talk, architectural walking tour & refreshments.

There are only 100 tickets available, in which you can purchase through the Friends of Te Papa

Colours of Futuna – Concert Series March 2019

Futuna Chapel will host a series of nine Sunday afternoon concerts from 10 March to 12 May 2019

The John Scott-designed chapel is regarded as a brilliant essay in geometry and coloured light and its design also lends itself to producing special acoustic qualities.

An eclectic and stellar line-up of performers from the Wellington region will reflect and reverberate against the cool stones and brightly coloured windows of Futuna Chapel.

You can purchase tickets by following the links to Dash Tickets below:

Wellington Wind, Sunday 10th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm    click here

Greg Squire + Douglas Mews, Sunday 17th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

Orion Quartet, Sunday 24th March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

Karen Batten + Ingrid Bauer, Sunday 31st March 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

Gale Force Gospel Choir, Sunday 7th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

WOSOSI, Sunday 14th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here

Michelle Velvin + Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Sunday 28th April 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here

Palliser Viols, Sunday 5th May 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm      click here

Klezmer with the Kuegels, Sunday 12th May 2019, 2:00pm—3:00pm     click here

Architect, critic and writer – Ingerid Helsing Almaas

“Architecture is a very concrete way of engaging with the world. Architects never work alone, and the results of our work affect everyone. This is a unique opportunity for dialogue, as well as a great creative responsibility.” – Ingerid Helsing Almaas

Ingerid Helsing Almaas is a Norwegian architect, critic and writer. She was Editor-in-chief of Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture, from 2004-2017. From the vantage point of Northern Europe, she has been an active commentator on the culture of architecture since the early 1990’s.

Her writings are rooted in the experience of a wide field of architectural practice, from furniture making and building conservation work to teaching and political engagement.


Ingerid has worked in most fields of architecture in one capacity or another. Since training as an architect in the UK, she taught in the Architectural Association diploma school in the late 1990’s together with Pascal Schöning, working with film and video in an attempt to bridge the gap between architecture and narrative. At the same time, she worked on listed building restoration in London’s East End. Moving back to Norway in 1999, Ingerid became an editor with Arkitektur N (then known as Byggekunst magazine), whilst also teaching at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and as a consultant for the Norwegian Norwegian Defence Estates Agency. Taking over as Editor-in-chief in 2004, Ingerid expanded the scope of Arkitektur N, working to include all aspects of Norwegian architecture, from student work to building presentation to academic research, as well as opening the magazine to international readers and contributors.

Ingerid is currently a senior advisor with Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA), a government agency tasked with promoting change and innovation through architecture and design.

She is a widely consulted critic on national radio and in the mainstream media, she has taught at several prestigious institutions in Norway and abroad, and lectured widely on recent developments in Norwegian architecture as well as other topics. She has worked with exhibition research and design, communication and commentary in various corners of the architecture field, as a teacher, examiner and juror, but always with a firm connection to the everyday practice of architecture, and the task of the profession in constructing a better and more meaningful world.

In her contribution to the 2016 Deerubbin Conference, she looked at Norwegian architecture in a global perspective. “Everything is a story”, she says. “In a global world, the connections we make in the way we think about each other, the connections between people and between places, are vital. Norway is not just Norway. In the story of Norwegian architecture there is a myriad connection points to other places, and the people in those places.”

These connections are made manifest in events like the Røros Symposium, a biannual international celebration of architecture held in the UNESCO town of Røros, Norway, the direct inspiration for the Deerubbin conferences. Since 2006, Ingerid has been asked to do the summing up at these Symposia, tying together the disparate threads of architects all over the world in a common story, with themes as wildly disparate as “Words”, “Paradise”, “Resistance” or “Business plans”.

Ingerid is not just a critic but a storyteller. With her deep knowledge of Norway, its architecture and its place on the edge of the map, her Futuna Lectures will trace the thin lines across history, across the map and across architectural practice that might connect the culture of the North to other places and other people.

“For us, the people of the north, it is hard to not get the impression that our position in the world, on the edge, is less significant. But of course, this is not actually the case. As we know, the earth is a sphere, where each point is equidistant from the centre, and so the periphery doesn’t exist – it is a product of the snapshot you take of the globe. So if we take another snapshot, a different picture emerges of the relationship between things, and new things become possible.”  – Ingerid Helsing Almaas