Visual memoir by acclaimed New Zealand architect Pete Bossley


One Year Drawn by Pete Bossley, published in  hardback by Point Publishing, 20 September 2019, RRP: $55.00


‘What is represented here, with Pete now nearing the mid-point of his career, is a window into his work as an architect, a generous and open sharing of personal reflection and evidence of a life spent in a process of constant enquiry.’John Wardle, leading Australian architect


The OE is the holy grail for many 20-something New Zealanders. For Pete Bossley, his overseas experience was a different kind of odyssey – one that became the catalyst for shaping his love of architecture and drawing.

Bossley was a young architect when he headed overseas for a year, on a journey that took him to Japan, Europe and the United States. Travelling alone, with ten ragtag sketchbooks in hand, Bossley drew the buildings he discovered, the places he visited and the people he encountered.

One Year Drawn is a unique chronicle of Bossley’s ‘Grand Tour,’ told through his vivid and compelling journal entries and drawings. Refreshingly honest and disarming, Bossley reflects on his younger self and transports readers to some of the world’s most celebrated architectural landmarks. This is armchair travel for culture vultures par excellence!

Blending memoir and travelogue, Bossley’s book cleverly captures a golden era – when correspondence happened via Poste Restante, cameras had film in them and people wrote travel journals. This slower, more considered means of recording experiences prompted Bossley to experiment with different drawing techniques and styles in sketchbooks. These catalogue his dawning awareness of space and light — two of the most powerful materials he had at his disposal as an architect. This legacy is readily appreciated today, in his architecture and practice.

‘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.

One Year Drawn is published to coincide with the Auckland Festival of Architecture (September 20-29), where it will be officially launched.

PETE BOSSLEY is one of New Zealand’s foremost architects. He has designed several of our most significant public buildings and numerous award-winning houses. Bossley has taught and lectured extensively and in 2012, was awarded the Gold Medal by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Pete believes that good architecture needs to be experienced in the flesh, not just seen in photographs, so he has travelled extensively to appreciate the greats.

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