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Graeme McConchie

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Location: Building 048, Room 2011


MArch, BArch


Graeme McConchie has over 40 years' experience in architectural practice and education, assisting in the writing of Unitec's architecture programme introduced in 1994 and its subsequent development, and occupying various academic leadership roles.  He is currently involved in teaching design studio, architectural history and building conservation, and in the supervision of Master of Architecture (Prof.) students. Research interests include the radical adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Graeme McConchie as Principal Supervisor

Pitt, Loren-Crystal (2021). Saving St James (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Don, Lorraine Kapurubandarage (2021). In loving memory of - : The repurposing of former Carrington Hospital as a community hub (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bezuidenhout, Tanya (2021). The tomorrow of yesterday: Understanding the layers of built history (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Santos, Knher (2021). Catching a breath: Empowering holistic wellbeing within a suburban community (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Walmsley, Patrick (2020). The heart of a community: Belonging in architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McCulloch, Neill (2020). Bridging to the Deep Blue: Rebalancing surf culture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Putua-Kainuku, Vaika'i (2019). Ora 'life' : the healing of our nation (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sahib, Hamas Shahill (2019). The master puppeteer (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kerby, Thomas (2019). The Greenwood Effect (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Loggia, Paolo (2019). Castle on edge : adaptive reuse of Cargill's Castle and its site (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Hossain, Nayla Mehvish (2019). Outside, In : design for integration (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Arora, Serena (2019). Translating the transcendent : drawing on Hindu spiritual traditions in the making of a therapeutic healing place (Master of Architecture (Professional))
de Leeuw, Paul (2019). Metamorphosis : the social reintegration of spinal cord injury survivors (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Smith, Thomas (2019). Limbo : acknowledging value (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Monian, Aida (2018). The Pinnacle - science & innovation centre : Albany (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Timu, Benjamin (2018). St Pius X School Glenn Innes : matter tells space how to curve, space tells matter how to move (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Barr, Sarah (2017). pARTicipate : encouraging greater community participation in the arts and crafts (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Rean, Nicholas (2017). Arresting momentum : creating a sense of place in a multi-modal transit hub (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McLeod, Cameron John (2017). Powerful landmark : re-energizing Huntly (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Perrott-Hunt, Tyllah (2017). Healthy body, healthy mind : a sports facility on Auckland's North Shore (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Beaton, Hayden McDonald (2017). Village in the sky : within city limits (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Carpio Alvites, Fiorella Milagros del (2017). Living to learn : a proposal for affordable rental housing for tertiary students (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Rodrigues, Neil Craig (2016). Blurring the lines [:How can blurring the lines between theatre and performance create an alternative multipurpose performance space(s) which revitalises dormant urban spaces within the Aotea Quarter?] (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Low, Geoff (2016). A new international cruise ship terminal for Wynyard Wharf (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Keegan, Rory David Nunweek (2016). Water reigns : an urban storm water treatment facility for Auckland City that educates the public about the issues surrounding the supply of clean water (Master of Architecture (Professional))
De Lara, Pristine Angel Punzalan (2016). Barangay Hall : vernacular identity in post-disaster community rebuilding (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Gruber, K. (2015). Solitude in the city : the open cloister (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Candy, Jordyn (2015). The vertical village : reinterpretation of the housing paradigm for the ageing population (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Hendriks, Chanel (2015). Beyond the red fence (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Batts, William (2015). A place to meet : a response to the rise of the 'modern warehouse church' (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Wyatt, Matthew (2014). Fluctuation space : how might a mega-event venue be programmed more intensively for long-term viability and social sustainability? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Hughes, Laura (2014). Breathing life back into the mundane : the adaptive reuse of Dunedin's industrial heritage (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Myburg, John (2014). Mesoparasite : a symbiotic affair. Design strategies that explore the parasitic habitation of Auckland Harbour Bridge as a destination in its own right (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Penno, Stuart (2014). Performative conservation : an exploration of the potentials of architecture for ecological conservation. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Singh, Pardeep (2013). Aotearoa Sikh architecture : a place for worship (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Rean, Alexandra (2013). Pins and needles (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kumar, Ashneil (2013). Gateway : passenger experience and the airport terminal (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Phillips, Maria Heather (2013). A prison reformed : how can a contemporary architectural intervention be sensitively integrated into a heritage building of heavy masonry construction in order to facilitate its successful reuse? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Edmonds, Matthew (2013). : adaptive reuse of an existing building (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Del Monte, Maria Sheela (2013). Reviving intramuros 'The city within the walls' (Manila, Philippines) : conservation and adaptive reuse of San Ignacio Church to Museo de Intramuros (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Collins, Kathryn (2012). Provocative preservation (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Wilson, Caitlin Mary (2012). Spiritual sanctuary : proposing a Catholic church in New Zealand in the post Vatican II era (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Roome, Jason (2012). Back to basics : rethinking the motives behind Charismatic Church architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Lockie, Carley Maree (2012). Mt Rex : Hybrid-programming within an industrial terrain vague. A means towards the reinvigoration of a marginalised community. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sampurno, Anindito Bayu (2012). "Organic" growth : the second transformation of Victoria Park Market in Freeman's Bay. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Ransley, Nicola (2012). "Keep it Pumping" : breathing new life into redundant storage tanks (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Penlington, Hannah (2010). Dirty laundry: The adaptive reuse of an existing building (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Garratt, Lydia (2010). Christians in community (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Balle, Brad (2010). Wasted opportunities: Developing resiliency in architecture through ecosystem biomimicry (Master of Architecture (Professional))

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Graeme McConchie as Associate Supervisor

de Silva, Achini Rosini (2021). Home away from home: A humanitarian project (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Koushaal, Joaheer (2021). Architecture sculptured for the betterment of the elderly (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Han, Liyang (2021). A pathway into history (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Stephenson, Laura (2020). Beyond the built: Exploring architecture's role as a modality for contemplation and personal restoration (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Adams, Joshua Laurence (2020). Correcting the middle ground: Developing an architectural response to encourage the rehabilitation of individuals that have been recently released from prison (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Metcalfe, Kelsey Raiha (2020). Oranga tonutanga : sustained Maori wellbeing (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Helg, Alex (2020). Auckland 2070 : AC_2070_SARS-COV-2 (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nunnerley, Ben Hardie (2020). A rural respite (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bosman, Alison (2020). Waiora Healing Home : creating better quality of life for children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses in N.Z. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Al Rubai, Rafsaan (2020). Made in Bangladesh : housing for garment workers in Chittagong, Bangladesh (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Ramtano, Jean-Damien (2019). Revitalising the Huntly Power Station (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Rathod, Dhruti (2019). Urban connections: improving user experience in transit oriented development (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Fan, Kai (2019). Towards the flourishing of Chinese Protestantism : an architectural enquiry, Shanghai (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Pearce, Emily (2018). Not a monastery : transposing and interpreting the ancient typology (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Smith, Hannah (2017). Sound of silence. How can an architectural proposition enhance and promote ecological conservation, while facilitating an educated interaction between wildlife and humans? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Riley, Alexandra (2016). Mind mine : a memorial for Pike River Mine (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bulkeley, Anna (2014). Critical placemaking : critical regionalism in an increasingly globalised world (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sedon, Laura (2013). The wall, the joint, the window, stair and door (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Newman, Neil (2013). Un-common boundaries : an architectural interface between experience & protection (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Yang, Chen-yu (2012). HUB-210 : from destructor to generator (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Chapman-Smith, Toby (2012). Touchless touch : an architectural research project exploring the human relationship to wilderness heritage of the Poor Knights Islands Marine and Land Reserve (Master of Architecture (Professional))


Jadresin-Milic, R., McPherson, P., & McConchie, G. (2020). Teaching Architectural History Starting From Current Events: Digitalisation of Heritage in New Zealand. What if? What next? Speculations on History's Futures. The 37th Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Perth (Australia).

Schnoor, C., & McConchie, G. (2019). The Vertical Picturesque. Four Essays on Auckland Houses. Auckland, New Zealand, School of Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Schnoor, C., & McConchie, G. (2019). Vertical Picturesque vs. Complex Space. Schnoor, C. & McConchie, G. Auckland, NZ.

McConchie, G., Garelja, A., & Ross, J. (2019). Claude Megson Houses. Nga Tutaki: Encounters - Architecture Day, AAANZ Conference 2019, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ.

Jadresin-Milic, R., & McConchie, G. (2017). Quoting Palladio. Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting, Quotation: What does history have in store for architecture today? Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

Balle, B., and McConchie, G. (2010). Wasted Opportunities. Developing Resiliency in Architecture through Ecosystem Biomimicry. Murphy, C., Wake, S., Turner, D., McConchie, G., Rhodes, D. (Eds), On The Edge. Conference Proceedings. 44th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association.

Murphy, C., Wake, S., Turner, D., McConchie, G., and Rhodes, D. (2010). On The Edge. Conference Proceedings - 44th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. Auckland, New Zealand, Unitec Institute of Technology.

McConchie, G. (1999). Sugar Town Utopia. In R. Blythe & R. Spense (Eds.), Thresholds (pp. 197-203). Launceston, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). Paper presented at the SAHANZ Conference, 1-4 October, Launceston, Hobart, Australia.

McConchie, G. (1998). A Review of History in Architectural Education 1942-1992. Unpublished Master of Architecture thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland.

McConchie, G. (1998). Under Reconstruction, History in Architectural Education 1930-1960 (pp. 239-244). Paper presented at the Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne.