Vale Bruce Petry

Bruce Petry Woolmers May2016

Bruce Petry  

Conservation Architect

It is with enormous sadness that we communicate the passing of Bruce.

Bruce was a significant force in the Heritage New Zealand world since beginning his professional career at the NZ Historic Places Trust in the 1990s. He was a passionate campaigner for the retention and adaptive reuse of heritage sites and buildings. His expertise in conservation architecture was some of the best in the country and he was always generous and excited to share his expertise.

This drive to share and expand the importance of heritage in the New Zealand planning and architectural worlds evolved over time into a more formal role in establishing educational opportunities for the NZ Heritage community, including the establishment of the Greg Bowron Trust and Educational Scholarship.

Bruce loved Heritage. He believed in the importance of its contribution to how we understand ourselves, and in making places better and more beautiful to experience. Reverb was the vehicle for his enthusiasm and drive. His passion, knowledge and irreverent humour were a great asset to the Heritage community and his departure will be deeply felt.

Bruce’s funeral was held on Monday 18th July at 1pm at St Matthews, Auckland. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating a little to the Greg Bowron Trust, a charity established by Bruce to administer a travel scholarship for heritage researchers. See the following site for more information –

words courtesy Adam Parkinson, Reverb
photo taken during LA7 at Woolmers in May 2016 by Gayle Plunkett

Bruce participated in the Longford Academy in May 2016, and we are pleased to be able to share this report that he posted on the Reverb blog.

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