Architecture is not just a job. It’s not just a craft. And it’s not just about creating beautiful houses. It’s about reshaping the world, with buildings that are smarter, have a small ecological footprint and feature thought-provoking designs. 

Study at the Department of Architecture and you’ll learn to produce designs that are inspiring, effective, sustainable and enhance the environment. You’ll spend most of your time in the design studio, working on a range of studio projects. Perhaps you’ll even get to build one of your designs, like the social housing project for the west Auckland community that was designed and built by architecture students under the guidance of well-known architects and builders. You’ll probably also take part in design research projects at local architecture practices or, if you’re a Master of Architecture (professional) student, work experience.

Our focus on building performance and the act of construction is one of the reasons we’re endorsed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Registered Architects Board and the Commonwealth Association of Architects. The calibre of our staff doesn’t hurt either. You’ll be in frequent contact with established architects from New Zealand and around the world – during guest lectures, critique sessions, project work or work experience. And then there’s our expertise in Māori architecture and technology. Just look at te hononga, our Māori studio with its ponga hybrid and nano whare projects, where traditional forms and materials are teamed up with innovative technologies.

Be warned: at times we’ll tell you to go away. On study tours to Australia, China, Italy and the Pacific Islands, or on a student exchange to architecture schools across four continents. What better way to learn about architecture than to see the world’s greatest architectural works for yourself?


Architecture programmes

If you're just starting out:

Our Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.

If you want to become an architect:

Professional development for architects (project-focused):

If you want to become an architectural technician or draftsperson:


Please note: Architecture programmes have a different study calendar


Last edited: 17 February 2014  

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