Juggling, piano and birthday cake were just some of the fun attractions at the 10 May reception for Alumni, Parents and Friends of College House.

Arriving guests were greeted by our talented students playing a variety of music on the grand piano, as well as spectacular juggling by resident Bradley Meredith around the spiral staircase. They enjoyed viewing some of The Alex Baird Art Collection and, in particular, 'Black Window' by the late Ralph Hotere.
Sir Miles Warren and alumnus Dr Ian Lochhead (CH1483, 1970) Associate Professor of Art History at UC, fascinated guests with presentations on the Warren and Mahoney designed CH buildings, and what came to be known as the 'Christchurch School' of Architecture. The brief, 'brief' given to Warren and Mahoney for the design of the new College House on the Ilam site - was simply "A college for 120 men". Sir Miles and Maurice Mahoney were only 35 years old at the time, and the beautiful buildings we know and love today are the result of their innovative ideas.
Coincidentally the day turned out to be Sir Miles' 84th birthday. He was treated to a rousing "Happy Birthday", and an architectural cake replicating the white blocks topped with an edible image of the quad.

Click here to see all the images taken on the night.

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