Annabel Pretty

Senior Lecturer, Academic Leader
Location: Building 001, Room 2054


BA (Hons)., MFA.

Professional memberships

PDINZ - Professional member, Designers Insititute of New Zealand


Annabel Pretty, Academic Leader & Senior Lecturer; within Architecture (Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture) Unitec Institute of Technology.

She is a mobile architectural photographer, and designer who teaches second year studio within the Bachelor of Architecture programme as well as supervising a number of Masters (Prof) students. Formerly an Associate Head of Design School. Her current research interests lay in, representation of Architecture, live studio projects, design methodologies, e-learning technologies, and innovation within the wider Design and Architecture field.

She has been elected twice as New Zealand’s Executive board member for Cumulus Association; it is the only global association to serve art and design education and research, and is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 257 members from 54 countries.

Supervised thesis projects

Moginie, Amelia (2016). Arch + Alps
Philip, Mathew (2016). Public vertical transition : a thought experiment on a pre-emptive response to rapid urbanisation in urban centers in effort to de-privatise the sky
Gruber, K. (2015). Solitude in the city : the open cloister
Young, Daniel (2015). The changing space of education : how can design elements and spaces be combined with contemporary educational pedagogy to develop highly effective, future focused, Innovative Learning Environments, in a primary school setting?
Tyrrell, Nina (2015). Karangahape Road train station : an urban catalyst for revitalisation
Morgan, Peter (2015). Architecture of resilience : how can architecture instil resilience within communities in the face of future disasters?
Howat, Phillip (2015). Modular DIY architecture : how might a modular building block system be created to satisfy regulatory requirements for the revival of do it yourself to New Zealand architecture?


Pretty, A. C. (2017). Leap Dialogues : Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation. Review of Leap Dialogues : Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (Pasadena:Design matters 2016). Mariana Amatullo, Dialectic, Scholarly Journal of Thought Leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design. (Vol. Volume 1, Issue 1 - Winter 2016-17).

Pretty, A. C., (Creative Director), Kelderman, M., (Creative Director), & White, D., (Creative Director) (2016). Finalist For Exhibition and Temporary Structures, BEST AWARDS 2016 "GlowArtweek Auckland". Silo Park Wynyard Quarter & Windsor Park, Auckland, New Zealand, 9-12 October.

Pretty, A. C. (2016). Architectural Prefabrication Pavilions as a site for cultural diversity. Nottingham Trent University, 'In this Place" Cumulus Association Biannual International Conference.

Pretty, A. C. (2016). The Tribal Longhouse of Innovation. Project to Practice: Innovating Architecture, AASA 9th International Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Pretty, A. C., & Hyltén-Cavallius, S. (2016). Learning by Planning; collaboration across the environment. Open Design for E-Very-Thing, Hong Kong Design Institute, Cumulus Association, Hong Kong, China.

Pretty, A. C. (2015). Incubating + Scaling - Transitional Large Fabrication Architectural Design Propositions, in a post Earthquake Environment. L. Collina, L. Galluzzo & A. Meroni, The Virtuous Circle, Design Culture and Experimentation. Milan, Italy.

Bucolo, S., & Pretty, A. (2015). Supporting Trans-disciplinary Research Platforms, Cumulus Min-Workshop. International Association of Societies of Design Research Interplay Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Pretty, A. C., & Brussaard, M. (2015). A Shortcut into the Performance Indicators of Universities in UK and NZ. Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Working Group, Cumulus Conference Milano (The Virtuous Circle Design Culture and Experimentation), Milan, Italy.

McPherson, P.J., & Pretty, A.C. (2015). Iterating success: Learning to change through understanding failure. D. K Brown, M. Manfredini, P. McPherson, A. Pretty, U. Rieger, and M. Southcombe, Applied collaborations: 2015 AASA International Conference and Exhibition.

Pretty, A. C., & McPherson, P J. (2015). "Design" and "Design" the verb, noun, prefix and suffix;Architecture studio teaching as an epitome of design methodologies. AASA, 2015 AASA International Conference and Exhibition.

Srinivasan, S. R., Patel, A., Bucolo, S., Pretty, A. C., & Kitawaki, M. (2015). Design Practice and Sustainability - White paper recommendations. A Vision of Sustainability with Focus on Water - Cumulus, Mumbai, India (Vol. Cumulus Mumbai).

McPherson, P., Mismash, L., Pretty, A., Rennie, J., & Wagner, C. (2015). Large scale Fabrication studio - FESTA LuxCity 2012. Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia 8th Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

McPherson, P., Pretty, A., & Rennie, J. (2015). Large scale fabrication studio - FESTA Canterbury Tales 2013. Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia 8th Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

McConchie, G., McPherson, P., Pretty, A., & Rennie, J. (2015). Large Scale Fabrication Studio - FESTA CityUps 2014. Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia 8th Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pretty, A. C. (2013). EyeEm Abassador. EyeEm Berlin, EyeEm, Berlin, Germany, March.

Pretty, A. C. (2013). Combo #61 Annabel pretty #Watts and #AODLX. E. Rozen, Hipstography(online), Belgium, 9 January.

Pretty, A. C. (2013). Combo #82 #Watts and #Blackeys B+W - Hipstography. E. Rozen, Hipstography(online), Belgium, 22 February.

Pretty, A. (2011). iPhone developer testing for - IPhone application "Amen" - Beta tester. .

Pretty, A. C. (2010). Cabinet of Curiosties or Wunderkammer, Genk Belgium. .

Pretty, A. C. (2010). Cumulus Aotearoa working papers. Helsinki, Finland.

Pretty , A. C. (2010). Design - Campos 300 - Sao Paulo Brazil. .

Pretty, A. C. (2010). Design Anyalsis for Belgium Company - Uniflex. .

Pretty, A.C. (2009). Ravensbourne. O2 Centre, London.

Pretty, A. (2002). America's Cup mania: Team New Zealand as challengers and defenders. Presented to the IHM Business School, 17 September, Goteborg, Sweden.

Pretty, A. (Ed.). (1999). Design for Stagecoach Annual Report. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pretty, A. (1998). Purity of Blood or Predestine Identity? (photographic). 18 June. Gallery 101 Annexe, Melbourne, Australia.

Pretty, A. (1998). Memory Perception and Visuality: A Discourse. Unpublished Master of Fine Arts thesis, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Pretty, A. (1998). Provenance or Provenience: Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition (photographic). 16 December. Span Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.

Pretty, A. (1998). NZ. Gallery 101, Melbourne.