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Cesar Wagner

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Location: Building 048, Room 2016


BArch (UFRGS-Arch&Urb) Porto Alegre., MA (AA-Hsg&Urb) London.

Professional memberships

Register Architect and Urban Designer at the Council of Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil (Conselho de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Brasil);
Architect Member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB);
Academic Member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA);
Academic Membership at the Urban Affairs Association (UAA);
Academic Membership at the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF);
Academic Membership at the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).


Cesar Wagner is an architect and urban designer with professional experience from Brazil, Argentine, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and New Zealand. He completed his undergraduate studies in Argentine and Brazil (1993) and has a Masters degree in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (2003) - Chevening Scholarship recipient, a British Council Grant.

Cesar has taught in Brazil, China and lectured in several universities in Latin America, Europe and New Zealand. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Architectural Programme at Unitec New Zealand since 2004, former Programme Director of the MArch by Project (2010-2012), and is currently a PhD Candidate at the Postgraduate Programme for Urban and Regional Planning in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, focusing his research on the question of sustainability in urban development policies.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Cesar Wagner as Principal Supervisor

Shiblaq, Khamis (2021). Museum of water: How can a water museum articulate New Zealand's tangible and intangible connection to water? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bell, Cameron (2020). Lifeless to lively: The development of stadium architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Pon, Surya (2020). Place-making: An urban lifestyle complex (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sharma, Deyvik (2020). Westgate Shopping Centre : an opportunity to give an obsolute development a new purpose (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Caro, Antonella G. Marquez (2020). Ayllu - Community : a modular school design that investigates the education, extraordinary altitude levels and weather conditions of the remote areas of the Andes of Peru. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mildon, Mark (2019). Avondale Central : fostering urban renewal through critically regionalist driven design (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Stewart, Jack (2019). Suburbs to neighbourhoods : the conversion of a city fringe suburb into a sustainable neighbourhood (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Patel, Deval (2019). Sustainable housing : looking at social and cultural aspects of traditional Indian settlement (Master of Architecture (Project))
Rathod, Dhruti (2019). Urban connections: improving user experience in transit oriented development (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Patel, Pearl (2018). Albany as a future node : improving social wellbeing in a car-centric environment (Master of Architecture)
Su, Kevin (2018). A better way to live : community and collaboration (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Wang, Chenghao (2018). Mass customization in mass housing : how to design a high-rise apartment through mass customization? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sharma, Janki (2017). Making transitional space in the contemporary city (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jang, Samuel (2017). The extraction of the cultural identity of Korea, and its contextualization into architecture in New Zealand (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Patel, Reya (2017). Putting people first : an architectural approach to improving quality of life to create a safer community in an Auckland suburb (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nguyen, Catherine (2017). Vertical village In the Heart of Auckland CBD (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Ramsay, Kyle (2016). Dirty old town (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sa Freire Fusco, Isabel Miranda (2011). Rio 2016 : sailing in the post-Olympic hangover. Design for a marina and sailing school for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Master of Architecture (Professional))

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Cesar Wagner as Associate Supervisor

Deianov, Kristian (2021). Living within the boundaries (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Xu, Yifu (2020). A study on the community model of future aging in Kaifeng, China (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Morar, Ameesh (2020). Introducing a civic heart to Mt Roskill (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kaur, Jaspreet (2019). Making place : architecture reflective of Auckland city['s diversity] (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Azim, Mohammed Sameer (2019). Next stop, (insert town centre here) (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Zhao, Yifei (Harry) (2019). A cautionary tale : architecture as social commentary (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McGuire, William (2019). The multi-purpose sports stadium (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Weber, Pedro (2018). Plan B : an incremental housing project in Auckland (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bjorklund, Sam (2016). Resilient renovation : the architectural adaptation of the old suburbs for cohousing (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Matharu, Jaskirat (2016). Symbiosis in city : how can vertical farming be integrated in a high rise mixed use development? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kumar, Zeelesh Dakshay (2016). An eco-community design for Mount Roskill : an architectural project based on transforming Mount Roskill to become more affordable, liveable, resilient and sustainable (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Chan, Gabriella (2016). Waitemata green : changing the public acceptance of sustainability (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Cookson, Gemma (2013). Occupying the edge : Christchurch urban housing (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Edmonds, Matthew (2013). : adaptive reuse of an existing building (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jack, Joanna (2012). Dead cities (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Leung-Wai, Martin (2012). The taualuga: A spatial study. A considered look at space and movement (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nitsche, Cornelia (2011). Introducing client collective housing in a medium-to-high density development around the CBD of Auckland (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Banerjee, Shubhendu (Bobby) (2010). Appropriate vocabulary for a Hindu Temple design in Auckland (Master of Architecture)


Rathod, Dhruti., & Wagner, Cesar. (2021). The condition of public space: the role of sensory experience design. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form: Urban Form and the Sustainable Prosperous City.

Haley, A., & Wagner, C. (2021). Diverse Morphology: A Study of Chancery Square. Asylum: Architecture Design Research (Vol. 1).

Wagner, C. (2020). Techno-material and Socio-environmental Model for Assessing Urban Sustainability. Piotr Lorens; Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha, Post-Oil City: Planning for Urban Green Deals, 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress 2020 - Virtual Congress, Nov 08, 2020 - Feb 04, 2021 ISBN/EAN 978-90-75524-67-3.

Wagner, C. (2019). A Questão da Sustentabilidade nas Políticas de Desenvolvimento Urbano: A Reestruturação Urbana do Baixo 4° Distrito de Porto Alegre (1995-2016). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Planejamento Urbano e Regional, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Wagner, C., & Melchiors, L. C. (2018). A construção social da cidade frente aos grandes projetos urbanos: reflexões sobre o processo de reestruturação das áreas portuárias de Auckland e Porto Alegre. Migliorini, Jeanine Mafra, Ponta Grossa, Spain.

Wagner, C. (2017). A nova construção de um fenômeno global: O processo da gentrificação generalizada no contexto atual das políticas públicas urbanas. EFDG-ANPEGE, XII ENANPEGE, Encontro Nacional da Associação Nacional de Pós-graduação e Pesquisa em Geografia.

Melchiors, L. C., & Wagner, C. (2016). The Brazilian metropolitan regions in the context of the statute of metropolis: the importance of collaborative governance. Metropolitan Przeglad Naukowy, Instytut Metropolitalny (Vol. 5(1)).

Melchiors, L. C., & Wagner, C. (2016). O flanar na cidade das velas. Um passeio pelas ruas de Auckland, Nova Zelandia. Spain, Arquiteturismo:Vitruvius (Vol. ano 10, n. 113.06).

Melchiors, L. C., & Wagner, C. (2016). Projetos urbanos e a construcao social da cidade: intervencoes nas areas portuarias de Porto Alegre e Auckland. PROPAR/UFRGS, Estado da Arte, IV ENANPARQ, Encontro da Associacao Nacional de Pesquisa e Pos-Graduacao em Arquitetura e Urbanismo. ISSN 2358-6214.

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

Wagner, C., & Melchiors, L. C. (2015). Urban design policies in new world cities: Achieving sustainable development as part of a broader planning policy for urban intensification. Urban Affairs Association 45th Annual Conference - Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City, Miami, Florida, USA.

Wagner, C., & Konrad, O. (2015). Planejamento de Carreira e Intercâmbio. Semana do Intercâmbio, Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa, Extensão e Pós-Graduação - PROPEX, Centro Universitário UNIVATES, Lajeado, Brazil.

Melchiors, L. C., & Wagner, C. (2014). Consideracoes sobre a distribuicao espacial e territorial do Programa Minha Casa, Minha Vida na Regiao Metropolitana de Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, 3 Congresso Sustentabilidade e Habitacao de Interesse Social, 2014, Porto Alegre. Congresso Internacional: Sustentabilidade e Habitacao de Interesse Social.

Wagner, C. (2014). Relato sobre lntercâmbio e lnternacionalização: A produção e o ensino de arquitetura na Nova Zelândia. 8th Congresso de Ciência e Tecnologia do Vale do Taquari - CCTEC, Centro Universitário UNIVATES, Lajeado, Brazil.

Melchiors, L. C., & Wagner, L. C. (2014). Efeitos da expansao territorial do programa habitacional brasileiro Minha Casa, Minha Vida: o caso da Regiao Metropolitana de Porto Alegre, Brasil. C. A. Abate, J. L. Karol (et al.), UPE 11 - 11º Symposium of International Urban Planning and Environment Association, La Plata. UPE 11 Conducir las Transformaciones Urbanas: un debate sobre direcciones, orientaciones, estrategias y políticas que modelan la ciudad futura (Vol. 1a).

Licht, F., Wagner, C., Marchioro, E., & Pedone, C. (2013). Mobilidade e Cidade Acessível: Debate sobre acessibilidade urbana e integração com transporte e circulação na cidade. Caravana da Arquitetura 2013, Cidade Acessível: Mobilidade Urbana - Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

Wagner, C., and Archbold, R. (2010). Design Process: Transfer and Transformation. Forsyth, G. (Ed), Proceedings of ConnectED 2010, the 2nd International Conference on Design Education. (Vol. Online).

Bogunovich, D., and Wagner, C. (2010). Showcasing Green Urbanism on Waterfronts: A Comparative Study of Porto Alegre and Auckland. Proceedings of the 54th International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) World Congress.

Pelling, N., Hoskins, R., and Wagner, C. (2009). Te Hononga: Enhancing Learner Knowledge of Maori Architecture. Good Practice Publication Grants e-books (Vol. e-book).

Kaza, K., and Wagner, C. (2009). Reportogamming suburban Sunnynook as a metropolitian transport centre. Sixteenth International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF 2009): Urban Morphology and Urgan Transformation.

Wagner, C., and Archbold, R. (2009). Brazil Studio 07-09 (Curator). .

Wagner, C., and Archbold, R. (2009). Araptive Growth. Asylum 091177-5572.

Wagner, C. (2009). Brazil Studio 07-09. Latin American Architecture and Cities Workshop.

Hoskins, R., Wagner, C., and Wilson, C. (2009). Te Whaiti: Rebuilding a Rural Maori Community. Ho, G., Mathew, K., and Anda, M. Sustainability of Indigenous Communities in Australia. ISBN:978-0-86905-917-3.

Wagner, C., and Naidu, P. (2008). Re-shaping the vernacular approach to the domestic architecture in New Zealand. Proceedings of the IV International Seminar on Vernacular Settlement (ISVS4).

Wagner, C. (2007). Responsive landscape: Robert Burle Marx. New Zealand Bromeliad Society.

Wagner, C. (2007). Responsive landscape: The work of Robert Burle Marx. ScALA seminar series, Unitec.

Wagner, C. (2007). Arquitetura e o da profissao na Nova Zelandia. School of Architecture Lecture Series, University of FUMEC.

Wagner, C. (2007). Art Degustation. .

Wagner, C., Hoskins, R., and Wilson, C. (2007). Design collaboration with a Maori community. Zehner, R., and Reidsema, C. Proceedings of ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education (Vol. CD Rom).

Wagner, C. (2006). Na viagem do arquiteto. Feevale University, School of Architecture Inaugural Year's Lecture Series.

Wagner, C. (2006). Maori studio. Arquitexto/UFRGS. Faculdade de Arquitetura, PROPAR (Vol. VI 2).

Wagner, C. (2006). O Privilegio da Solidao. Bloco (Vol. 1).

Wagner, C. (2006). 20 steps to understand Brazilian modernism. Wagner, C., and Laub, D. Fotografia do Brasil - A publication.

Wagner, C. (2006). 20 steps to understand Brazilian modernism. Wagner, C., and Laub, D. Fotografia do Brasil - A publication.

Wagner, C., and Laub, D. (2006). New Zealand experience. UniRitter University, School of Architecture International Exchange Lecture Series.

Wagner, C., and Laub, D. (2006). Fotografia do Brasil_uma exposicao. .

Wagner, C., and Laub, D. (2006). Fotografia do Brasil - A publication. .

Puntoni, A., Eugenia, A., Abulafia, A., Schlee, A., Hopkins, A., Wagner, C., Laub, D., Austin, M., Diniz, J., Naidu, P., Gower, R., Marques, S., de Podesta, S., and Preston, W. (2006). Lecture. Wagner, C., and Laub, D. Fotografia do Brasil.

Puntoni, A., Eugenia, A., Abulafia, A., Schlee, A., Hopkins, A., Wagner, C., Laub, D., Austin, M., Diniz, J., Naidu, P., Gower, R., Marques, S., de Podesta, S., and Preston, W. (2006). Lecture. Wagner, C., and Laub, D. Fotografia do Brasil.

Wagner, C., & Laub, D. (2005). Towards the São Paulo Bienal. Presented to the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, School of Architectural Studies Research seminar series, 14 October, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wagner, C. (2005, 5 March). A viagem do arquiteto. FM Culture Radio, Brazil.

Wagner, C. (2005). Mobility and connecti-city: Gateways to London. Presented to the XXII World Congress of Architecture: International Union of Architects (UIA)'Cities: Grand bazaar of architectures', 3-7 July, Istanbul, Turkey.