Christopher Kelly has long been a champion of collaboration and the quality of the discussion that structural engineers have with architects, citing the renowned Arup engineer Peter Rice and his book ‘An Engineer Imagines’. So it was with great pleasure we attended Dunning Thornton Consultants (DTC) launch of their book, “At the Edge of Art “. This book is a history of DTC to record retiring director Adam Thornton’s very significant contribution especially in the evolving knowledge of NZ earthquake engineering. Cris Dunning who has returned from Bangkok was also in attendance so we managed to get all past and current directors to sign our (now) very valuable copy! The book includes interviews with L.T. McGuinness and Willis Bond and is a great contribution to the construction culture of Wellington.
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"Alistair (Cattanach of DTC) was confident that the disciplined approach he'd learned in London would ensure that every step was tested and checked off. He could even get his old Happold's colleagues to peer review everything along the way".
Perrott, A. (2017). At the edge of art. p. 64 - with reference to AW-designed Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre