Jeremy Salmond is a practising architect who specialises in the conservation of historic buildings. He was the founding director of Salmond Reed Architects, and in 2007 was awarded the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for his contribution to the preservation of New Zealand’s heritage of significant buildings. In 2018 he was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal in Architecture and in 2020 the University of Auckland recognised Jeremy with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his contribution to conservation and architecture in New Zealand.
A grandson of the well-known Dunedin architect, Louis Salmond, he was brought up in Gore and studied first in Dunedin and then Auckland. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Auckland, he worked in England and New Zealand, before resuming studies for a Master of Architecture degree, finally establishing his own Devonport practice - the forerunner of Salmond Reed Architects today.
With wide practical experience in design, research, conservation and contemporary architecture, he is one of only a few architects in New Zealand qualified by training in conservation work. He is especially interested in the application of modern building technology to resolve conservation problems, and the role of design in the conservation process.
He has direct project experience with major projects to rehabilitate and adapt important heritage buildings, including the former Auckland Jewish Synagogue, Auckland’s Civic Theatre, the Pompallier Printing House in Russell, St Matthew in-the-City Church Auckland, Sacred Heart Cathedral Wellington, the former Auckland Chief Post Office and Auckland War Memorial Museum. He is currently the heritage architect for the Britomart Precinct in Auckland.
In addition to these projects, Jeremy has prepared many conservation plans, and heritage analyses for various territorial authorities, to identify significant regional historic heritage and to assist in the development of regulatory and protective mechanisms in district plans. Jeremy regularly appears as expert witness at resource consent hearings and in the Environment Court, and speaks at conferences and to special interest groups in the conservation field.
His thesis for his Master of Architecture degree in 1982 was subsequently published as: Old New Zealand Houses: 1800-1940. This landmark publication is now in its 8th edition and he continues to write extensively on heritage conservation and to contribute essays to various professional publications. In 2010 he co-wrote Villa: from Heritage to Contemporary.
He is a member of Heritage New Zealand, the NZ Professional Conservators’ Group, and the NZ Institute of Architects. In 2020 The University of Auckland recognised Jeremy with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2018 he was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal in Architecture. He is a former Chairman of ICOMOS NZ and is currently an alternate member of the Auckland Council Urban Design Panel. In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects for his “outstanding contribution to the conservation of historic buildings", and in 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the Auckland Museum, for his contribution to the practice of building conservation in New Zealand.