Message - Re: NZ / Aus Schools of Architecture

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Posted by  duncan on January 22, 2004 at 01:19:39:

In Reply to:  Any New Zealanders or Aussies? posted by Miss M. on January 20, 2004 at 19:46:14:

Hi there Miss M,

In New Zealand there is a School at the University of Auckland, one at Unitec also in Auckland, and one at Victoria University (Wellington). I think Christchurch also run an introductory course, but I don't really know much about it.

The stereotype idea about each school is that Auckland does cutting edge, high theoretical content building which cost a fortune to build and are unrealistic. Wellington designs very solid buildings with good engineering but they're ugly. Unitec designs rather bland projects because they have a very preacital foundation and strong ties with industry. Of course none of these are quite accurate - Unitec has won some prominent competitions and is good at arranging interesting public lecture series. Auckland has a very good masters course in Environmental design and another in Urban Design. But read their websites if you want more info.

Cheers, Duncan

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