Explore your options

Study architecture at Unitec and you’ll develop the skills to create buildings that enhance the urban environment. You’ll also learn how to plan, design and advise on the construction of new and existing buildings.

Our architecture courses include lots of hands-on practice too. Undergraduate students take part in research projects at architecture practices and Master of Architecture (professional) students complete work experience.

And if you’re interested in Māori architecture and technology, you’ll love te hononga, our Māori studio where we combine traditional materials with new technologies.

Some architecture students even build their own designs. For example a social housing project for a west Auckland community that was designed and built by students. And you’ll also have the opportunity to go on study tours or student exchange to Australia, China, Italy and the Pacific Islands.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Architectural technician, Architectural designer, Senior architectural designer, Architect, Interior designer, Urban designer, Landscape architect, Design manager, Consultant design practice owner February and July 2016
Bachelor of Architectural Studies 7 Full-time for three years Architectural designer, Design manager, Design technician, Draftsperson Starts February
Master of Architecture (Professional) 9 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Architect working in a range of settings Starts February
Master of Architecture 9 Full-time for 18 months (minimum) or part-time for two-and-a-half years (minimum) Architecture practitioner (senior level), Architecture lecturer (senior level) Starts February or July
First round of interviews held in November and May

Industry connections

Unitec’s architecture courses focus on building performance and the act of construction. They’re also taught by established architects from New Zealand and around the world.

That’s why we’re endorsed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Registered Architects Board and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.


Whichever architecture programme you choose you’ll have access to sophisticated technology to help you put the theory into practice.

There’s a photography studio, a film and TV unit for final compositing work, high-end animation and multimedia tools and top-of-the-line video and digital cameras. There’s also a laser-cutter/engraver for you to cut materials for model building and to create sculptural and experimental projects. And of course there are good old-fashioned drawing boards in the studios.

We regularly upgrade our computer software to give you the latest in CAD, graphics, animation and video editing. The powerful 70-station 'render farm' processes your animation work without you monitoring it - saving you time to get on with the real creative process. And $60,000 worth of printing gear allows you to present your work to a professional standard.

Public seminars

The Scala Seminar Series is a series of hour-long public lectures hosted by Unitec’s architecture and landscape architecture staff. Open to everyone, the seminars explore a range of topics relating to the multi-disciplinarity of architecture, landscape design and landscape architecture.

The seminar series provides a forum for current practice and research in landscape and architecture. CPD points are available to practitioners by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects, the NZ Registered Architecture Board and Architectural Designers New Zealand.