T.K. Donner

b. 1907d. 1993

Also known as:

  • Tibor Karl Donner

Born in Hungary, Tibor Karl Donner's family emigrated to Aotearoa in 1927. Donner graduated from Auckland University College in 1937 with a B. A. in architecture. Joining the Public Works Department in 1938, Donner transferred to Auckland Council in 1947, eventually becoming their Chief Architect. He held this position until retirement in 1967.

Notable structures by Donner include Auckland's Savage Memorial (1941), Avondale Military Hospital - later converted into the high school (1943), Khyber pump station (1947), Parnell Baths (1951-54) and the Auckland City Council's Administration Buildings (1954-60).

See also NZHistory profile and a guide to his buildings.