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. Undergraduate students take part in a large scale fabrication studio for events like Auckland Art Week and FESTA. Master of Architecture (Professional) students take part in research projects in architecture practices and 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, including an interior fit-out that was designed and built by students using cutting edge technology. And you’ll also have the opportunity to go on study tours or student exchange to England, the US, Germany, India, China, Italy and the Pacific Islands.

Browse our Architecture and Architectural Technology programmes below. And if you’re thinking of applying we also recommend that you also view:

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology6Full-time for two years, or part-time options availableArchitectural technician, Architectural designer, Senior architectural designer, Architect, Urban designer, Landscape architect, Design manager, Consultant design practice ownerFebruary or July
Bachelor of Architectural Studies7Full-time for three yearsArchitectural designer, Design manager, Design technician, DraftspersonFebruary and July
Master of Architecture (Professional)9Full-time for two years or part-time options availableArchitect working in a range of settingsFebruary. July intake available for domestic students only.
Master of Architecture9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two-and-a-half yearsArchitecture practitioner (senior level), Architecture lecturer (senior level)February or July

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 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.