Claude Megson: Counter Constructions

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

Harris Calnan is giving away two copies of Giles Reid's treatise on a selection of some of the most important completed projects by New Zealand architect Claude Megson. In addition to lush, full page photography, the book is also richly illustrated with reproductions of Megson's original sketches and construction drawings and is sure to provide an unparalleled insight into the work of this award winning architect.

The following is an extract from a review of Claude Megson: Counter Constructions by Dr Andrew Barrie (the full review on can be found on

"Megson was felled by cancer in 1994 at the age of just 57, having designed only 40 projects. He was a passionate but not uncomplicated character; he inspired as much antipathy as admiration. Perhaps for this reason, he has been largely omitted from our history books.

Megson’s best houses, however, are among the most exciting ever produced in New Zealand, and his influence on local architecture was amplified by nearly 30 years of teaching at the University of Auckland. Reid was among the last generation of students to be taught by Megson and, in 1996, completed an undergraduate thesis on his output.

Reid has focused the book on five of Megson’s houses from the mid-1970s, when he was at the height of his powers. The selection includes his best-known works: the Cocker Townhouses in Freeman’s Bay, the Norris House in Remuera (both recipients of NZIA Enduring Architecture Awards) and the Barr House in Meadowbank."

To win a free copy of Giles Reid's book, all you need to do is share our Winter newsletter - either by e-mail or by Twitter. The readers with the most shares by registered by Friday 22nd December will receive their copy in time for Christmas! Good luck!

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  3. The prize is one copy of the book Claude Megson : Counter Constructions by Giles Reid.

  4. The competition is open to all but the prize only includes free delivery to any UK address by standard second-class post.

  5. The deadline for qualifying tweets or Instagram posts is 12.00pm (GMT) December 31st.

  6. The winner will be announced via our Twitter feed.

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