Institute of Archaeology


Anthony Hoete - Honorary Senior Research Associate

Anthony Hoete
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • B.Arch (Hons), M.Arch, PhD, Private Pilot's Licence
  • Email: hoete@whatarchitecture.com
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Anthony Hoete is from the Patuwai sub-tribe of the dot-island (pop. 22) Motiti which lies 10km from the coast of the North Island of New Zealand. As such, Anthony is currently engaged in numerous sovereignty and Māori land claims involving the Waitangi Tribunal and Environmental Court.

Anthony is a Trustee of the NZ-UK Link Foundation which fosters innovative exchange between NZ and the UK and he is also Chair of Te Maru O Hinemihi which is working with both Britain's largest landowner, the National Trust, and Heritage NZ on a partnership exchange relating to the Māori meeting house Hinemihi.

Based in east London, Anthony is the founding Director of WHAT_architecture which has received awards including a RIBA National Award, a Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building, a Civic Trust Award and a Guinness Record. Anthony has taught design at some of the world's leading schools including the Bartlett UCL, the Architecture Association, the American University of Beirut and the TU Delft where he published a Reader On the Aesthetic of Mobility (2003).

Anthony's research interest includes 'Game of Architecture', an interrogation of the work of WHAT_architecture. This practice-based research assembled a dialogue around the manner that architecture might embrace a different set of strategies in order to deliver buildings in an environment where the role of the architect is ever increasingly marginalised. The output of this research has a decidedly real world outcome: it lead to the acquisition of a site in Peckham and the ongoing property development into affordable housing.

Research Interests

  • www.whatarchitecture.com
  • www.blablablarchitecture.com
  • www.hinemihi.co.uk
  • www.nzuklink.com
  • Game of Architecture: practice-based research undertaken with the RMiT and demonstrates gamefulness in architecture through 'action-replays'
  • Blablablarchitecture: talking is the most powerful design tool yet is under represented in the history of architecture. The research manifest as the production of a radio show and subsequent podcast for the Arts Research Council on Resonance FM.

I am currently working closely with Dean Sully (Senior Lecturer in Conservation) on the Hinemihi project. Dean's work, and in particular his seminal Decolonising Conservation: Caring for Maori Meeting Houses (Routledge, 2008) outside New Zealand, challenged the architectural notions that I held regarding archaeology: that is the significance of buildings resides not in their material ( 'bricks and mortar') but in their use albeit past, present or future. This lead to the proposal for a UCL IoA course 'future archaeology' where we speculate as to tomorrow's built environment.


Selected recent publications

  • Advisory Board, Interstices, Journal of Architectural Theory (University of Auckland)
  • Editor, ROAM_Reader on the Aesthetic of Mobility (BDP, London)
  • Top Ten of Everything 2016, Octopus Books
  • Wikitera, Keri-Anne; Maori Spaces In Foreign Places, AUT Doctrate 2015
  • Hoete, Anthony and Çerçi, Serpil; Binalarda Düşük Ve Sıfır Karbon (LZC) Teknolojilerinin Uygulanabilirliği Ve Londra 'Shoreditch Istasyonu' Örneği, Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 2014
  • Sarah Herman, Extreme Bricks: Spectacular, Record-Breaking, and Astounding LEGO Projects from around the World, Michael O'Mara Books, 2014
  • Hoete, Anthony and Raymond, Rosanna; Locating Hinemihi's People, published online 5 December 2013 Journal of Material Culture
  • Güney Mimarlik, (Turkish Institute of Architects) September 2012: p50-53
  • Building Design Reviews: education, February 2010: Legobusier
  • 23-Nov-2010; Architects Journal "WHAT_architecture unwraps Lego-clad school" Merlin Fulcher
  • Maori Architecture, From the fale to wharenui and beyond; Deidre Brown, May 2009
  • RIBA Journal, Aug-Sep 09, Intelligence: 'Toy Storey': Kucharek, Jan-Carlos
  • Hackney Today Issue 152 5 February 2007, p12-13: "Design For Life: Rooftop Nursery"
  • Building Design, 9 February 2007: "London Spot check / Hackney Honours"
  • Child's Play, July 2007, Broadsheet of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Institute of Architects
  • Blueprint June 2006: Rooftop Nursery
  • Icon Magazine June 2006: Rooftop Nursery
  • Mark Magazine, The Netherlands 2006: 'Doing it for the kids'
  • Interior Design, 7 July 2006, "Let the Games Begin" Susan Welsh
  • Frame Magazine 52, September - October 2006: "Kid On A Hot Green Roof"
  • Diseñart 2006 12 Edificio Z58: "Rooftop Nursery : Guardería En La Azoitea, Londres"
  • The Times, 07 April 2006: "How to get mothers back to work? The Rooftop Nursery!"
  • Architecture Foundation: "Changing London Schools: The Rooftop Nursery"
  • Monument Magazine 76: "Play Box"
  • NU_revista 15 (edited by Toyo Ito / University of Coimbra, Portugal) "Roaming"
  • Aesthetics and Mobility Congress, University of Helsinki, 13-15 January 2005
  • Interstices 06, July 2005: "Bovine Buildings: Interview with Anthony Hoete", Tina Engels
  • Progetto Pubblico 15, Settembre 2004 "Movimento e infrastrutture", Valerio Paolo Mosco, p29-37
  • Fabrications Vol.14, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, December 2004
  • 'Here and There: House and Nature in New Zealand Architecture'; Dec 2004
  • Bartlett Works: VAC Leuven project, Thames and Hudson, January 2004
  • North and South Magazine, August 2003: 'WHAT is Maori?" by Margot Butcher
  • «L'architettura delle infrastrutture», Valerio Paolo Mosco, seminario internazionale, Regione Lom- bardia, Milano (22 settembre 2003)
  • «The New Vernacular», Laurence King Publishers, London 2001
  • Requiem Per L'Escala, Stair Of Horror, Centre De Cultura Contemporania De Barcelona, 2001
  • «Experimental Houses», Laurence King Publishers, London 2000
  • The Bartlett Book Of Ideas, 2000