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Min Hall

School of Architecture
Location: Building 048, Room 2014

Professional memberships

Registered Architect


Member SNZ committee New Zealand Earth Building Standards










I am a Registered Architect with 30 years experience designing all manner of buildings and directing two architectural practices, I have received a number of NZIA awards including a Presidents Award for my contribution to environmental issues.

I teach in both the BAS and MArch programmes: Studio, Architectural Technology and Professional Business Management and have a particular interest in low energy architecture.

Research interests include earth building methods, bio-based building materials and the history of low carbon architecture in New Zealand.


Hall, M., & Garbarczyk, M. (2022). Drawing Straws: the power of collaboration. Rangahau:Te Mana o te Mahi Kotahitanga, Auckland.

Hall, M. (2022). The path to green: making sustainability matter. Elizabeth Cox, Wellington.

Hall, M. (2022). Developing a prefabricated timber and strawbale wall panel for Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Parisa Izadpanahi and Dr Francesca Perugia, ASA 2022 ProceedingsArchitectural Science and User Experience: How can Design Enhance the Quality of Life.

Hall, M. (2020). The Art of Earth Architecture: Past, Present, Future. Jean Dethier, Architecture New Zealand (Vol. September/October 2020).

Hall, M., Morris, H., & North, G. (2020). Low Carbon Rules: an interdisciplinary approach to writing standards for earth and straw construction in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ali Ghaffarianhoseini, Imaginable Futures: Design Thinking and Scientific Method. 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2020 (Vol. 54).

Hall, M. (2020). Project Pātūtū: pre-fabricated timber and straw panels. Unitec Research Symposium 2020, Unitec, Mt Albert Campus, Auckland.

Garbarczyk, M., & Hall, M. (2020). Nodal strategies for a sustainable architectural education. Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez & Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves, PLEA 2020 A Coruna, Planning Post Carbon Cities (Vol. 3).

Hall, Min. (2019). Counting straw:the capacity of New Zealand's grain growing sector to supply straw for construction. Avlokita Agrawal and Rajat Gupta, Revisiting the Role of Architecture for Surviving Development, [53rd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)].

Hall, M. (2019). Back to earth: earth building in Aotearoa New Zealand 1945-65. Andrew Leach and Lee Stickells, SAHANZ - Distance Looks Back [Add precise title] (Vol. 36).

Hall, M. (2017). Less and more in Aotearoa New Zealand: More houses and less CO2 emissions. M. A. Schnabel, Proceedings of the 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA 2017) - Back to the Future: The Next 50 Years.

Hall, M. (2017). More is less: more building, less emissions (title changed for paper to "Less and more in Aotearoa New Zealand: more houses and less CO2 emissions"). ASA 2017, Victoria University of Wellington.

Hall, M. (2017). Mid-century earthen architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand - a new vernacular? C.Mileto, F.Vegas Lopez-Manzanares, L. Garcia-Soriano, V.Cristini, Vernacular and Earthen Architecture: Conservation and Sustainability.

Hall, M. (2015). Guidelines for Strawbale Construction in New Zealand. BOINZ Senior Building Control Officers' Forum, Hamilton.

Forsyth, B., Hall, M., & Johnston, S. (2014). "Is there a place for natural building in New Zealand's conventional housing market?" A prefabricated straw bale case study. Building a Better New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Hall, M. (2012). Straw bale in Aotearoa, New Zealand. International Straw Builders' Conference (ISBC 2012), Colorado, USA.