Welcome to Hooper’s World

Basil Hooper portrait

The Basil Hooper Project Group was established in 2014 to showcase the work of New Zealand Arts and Crafts architect Basil Bramston Hooper (1876–1960).

This website was the first step in a three-year project that ran from 2014-2017. It developed a research archive of Hooper’s work in the University of Otago’s Hocken Collections, an online resource documenting his work in the South Island and Auckland, an exhibition and a publication. The project will drew on Dunedin public collections and the owners of Hooper buildings to define the work of a leading figure in the New Zealand Arts and Crafts movement.

The Southern Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects has generously provided funding support for this website.

If you have information on any building by Basil Hooper, please let us know. Fill in the online form or contact us at basilhooperproject@gmail.com or david.murray@planetnz.com.

A note on sources. The information on this site is drawn largely from Ralph Allen’s book Motif and Beauty (2000) ISBN0473073285 and we acknowledge Ralph’s generous assistance. We will continue to update the site and acknowledge sources where possible. Please let us know if we are using incorrect, wrongly attributed or out of date material.