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Julian Rennie

School of Architecture
Location: Building 048, Room 2011


After working in London for 4 years from 1986 to 1990, Julian returned to New Zealand to set up in private practice with his partner Rose Dowsett.
Julian was invited to join the Landscape staff at Unitec on a permanent basis in 1999, and since then his role within the Department has evolved from model making classes through to perspective drawing classes, and into Landscape Construction studio sessions. This later role has this year expanded in a wider overseeing role of Landscape construction issues across a range of studio years for the greater benefit of more students.
2009 saw Julian graduate from within Unitec's "Department of Education" with a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, which has established his activities within learning pedagogies.
Julian remains a practicing partner within "rennie dowsett architects," with which he continues to win prizes and awards, most recently in 2009, he was chosen as a finalist, (1 of 10 out of 139 entries), and prize winner in Housing New Zealand's "The Starter Home Design Competition."
Julian also was awarded a Highly Commended Prize in Housing New Zealand's "100 Years On Design Competition," in 2005.

2010 saw Julian commence his Research activities and he travelled to four conferences around the world presenting various papers based on his observations and educational field trials held here within Unitec, two such papers relate to providing better feedback and summative assessment events for student learners.
Another paper, showcased a representation strategy, (developed with the Landscape Model making sessions, and since taken up by students), of how digital cameras could be slipped "inside" 3D models and the resulting images can are very compelling and "life like," and thus providing a quick, yet cost effective presentation technique.
Julian continues to research interfaces between Art, Colour, Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


The Landscape Architecture Department allows me to offer a unique opportunity to work with and help the Landscape student investigate and engage with the transitional realm that lies between Landscape and Architecture.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Julian Rennie as Principal Supervisor

Mathew, Abein Prince (2021). Hope for an informal settlement (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Studholme, Troy Albert John Ivil (2020). Sculpting a township's identity: Enhancing the identity of Helensville through integration of sculpture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Lui, Chaak San (2020). Regenerating social space to support the elderly : create an age-friendly, sociable and supportive housing environment for the ageing population (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Twiss, Wesley (2019). Daylight, death, & ritual Prometheus : the use of light and shadow as a fundamental building material and its evocations on the built environment (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Timmer, Kara (2019). Hwa Rang : showing the characteristics of taekwon-do through design (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Russell, Benjamin (2017). Plan now, by planning for the future : rebuilding a city by activating its stadium (Master of Architecture (Professional))

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Julian Rennie as Associate Supervisor

Ram, Ashwini (2021). Re-thinking the Manikarnika Ghat (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Smith, Thomas (2019). Limbo : acknowledging value (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jayan, Kishan (2019). Future of the past : the place of adaptive reuse in revitalizing a historic church (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mildon, Mark (2019). Avondale Central : fostering urban renewal through critically regionalist driven design (Master of Architecture (Professional))
de Leeuw, Paul (2019). Metamorphosis : the social reintegration of spinal cord injury survivors (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Almukhtar, Mohammed (2019). Mat-courtyard housing in Auckland : an alternative typology for intensification developments (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Wu, Yuhao (2018). What if there is another chance (to establish a balanced architectural relation between a heritage building and a new construction)? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nazareth, Aaron (2018). Bionic architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bajallan, Basma (2017). Sustaining growth through live-work (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Teo, Anna (2017). The moving bento : manifestation of cultural flavours (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jenkins, Deyandra (2017). Rise to the challenge : vertical farming within the urban environment (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Gillies, Sophie (2017). "Sewing the seed" : an urban farming education centre in Orakei (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mamauag, Jonnel (2016). Spatial [re]mix : rethinking the production of mixed-use architecture in the urban context (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Parlane, Jennifer Lesley (2013). Pretty / gritty : an investigation into revealing the enjoyment of industrial landscapes around Mangere Inlet (Master of Landscape Architecture)


Rennie, JJ. (2020). Being (Back) There: Travel Sketches that evoke a previous temporality. Black Book: Drawing and Sketching (BBDS) (Vol. Volume 1, Issue 2, Contemplation (2020)).

Rennie, JJ. (2020). "Joseph Brodsky's and Carlo Scarpa's Venetian Incantations, Reflections, and Evocations". "Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions, Deceptions, and Reflections in Time" 19 September 2020 - organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Oxford, UK.

Rennie, JJ. (2020). Being Different as a Personality and Being Design Unique Requires Respect, Bravery, and Patience. Joseph Haldane, PhD (London), F.R.A.S. Chairman & CEO, IAFOR The International Academic Forum, The Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE2020).

Rennie, J. J. (2016). Collected and Collecting in Christchurch, New Zealand. In C. Gambardella, Proceedings of World Heritage and Degradation:Smart Design, Planning and Technologies Le Vie dei Mercanti.

Rennie, J. J. (2016). Squelch verses Snap, Crackle and Pop: A case study of how different surroundings shaped the work of two New Zealand born artists. P. Kolodziejczyk & B. Kwiatkowska-Kopka, Landscape as Impulsion for Culture Conference: Research, Perception & Protection.

Rennie, J. J. (2016). Inconsistent Coherence in Post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand. Cities People Places : An International Journal on Urban Environments (Vol. 1(2)).

Rennie, J. J. (2015). Inconsistent coherence in post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand. J. Wijesundara, Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities, People and Places.

Rennie, J.J., and Dowsett, R.P. (2014). Akepiro Street Architectural Competition. NZIA Competition, Exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery, 12 August 2014.

Rennie, J.J. (2014). Collected and Collecting in Christchurch, New Zealand. Metropolitan Temporalities Conference: Technische Universitat, Berlin, Germany.

Rennie, J. J. (2014). Miniature Fictions. TRACEY Journal Drawing In-Situ (Vol. Feb 2014).

Rennie, J. J. (2014). Shaking the Informal out of the Formal. A. Gungor, Proceedings of ReThinking the Informality: Contemporary Urban Issues Conference.

Rennie, JJ (2013). Towards Assessment Transparency: Following on from 'The Crit', can a student's learning be enhanced by allowing them to witness their own formative and summative assessment event? In C. Brisbin & M. Thiessen (Eds.) Critique Conference Proceedings, (pp. 295-305).

Rennie, JJ (2013). Fly on the Wall: Can it add to a student's learning by allowing them to witness their own summative assessment and feedback event? Journal of Pedagogic Development, ISSN 2047-3257 (Vol. Vol. 3, No. 3, Autumn 2013).

Rennie, J.J. (2013). Stilled in the City by Coloured Light. Screencity International Academic Journal (Vol. (2)).

Rennie, J.J., Dowsett, R.P., and Clarke, K.A. (2012). Christchurch Architecture Competition: "breathe, a new urban village" submitted an entry; #515. Christchurch, New Zealand,

Rennie, J.J. (2012). "Mooon Phases" was accepted as a finalist, (17 finalists chosen from 24 entries). Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2012. Hamilton, New Zealand, ArtPost Gallery. 8 June - 16 July.

Rennie, J.J. (2011). "Eavesdropping on Their Own Assessments." Is there any learning to be had in allowing a student to witness his or her own summative assessment and feedback process? 5th FARU Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 2011. Architectural Education Encounters Towards Next Century, ISSN: 2012 6301 Volume 03.

Rennie, J.J. (2010). "Being There." Can the presence of the Student during the assessment process help in their learning?". Shoniregun, C. Akmayeva, A.G. (Eds), Proccedings of Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2010). May 24-26, 2010.

Rennie, J.J. (2010). Silenced by Coloured Light. Zennaro, P. (Ed), Proccedings of Colour & Light in Architecture, Venice, Italy.

Rennie, J.J. (2010). "Real-eye-ising" the Miniature. Ascott, R., Gangvik, E., Jahmann, M. (Eds), 11th Consciousness Reframed Conference / In cooperation with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, England, TEKS - Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, Trondheim, Norway.

Rennie, J.J. (2010). "Fly on the Wall," Can the presence of the Student during the assessment process help in their learning? Forsyth, G. (Ed), Proceedings of connectED 2010, 2nd International Conference on Design Education. Sydney. (Vol. Online).

Rennie, J.J. (2009). Exhibition of the ten finalists during the awards evening. Finalist and prize winner (one of ten), in Housing New Zealand' s The Starter Home Design Competition, (out of 140 number submissions). Wellington, NZ, Parliament Buildings.

Rennie, J.J. (2009). BLUE SKY the Outer - T Architectural Competition. Competition sponsored by Positvely Wellington's Waterfont: Blue Sky Outer-T. Gallery of entries is online at:

Rennie, J.J. (2009). NZIA 'On the Boards' Presentation Evening. New Zealand Institute of Architects, 20 August.