The Wellington School of Architecture is involved in local and international cutting-edge design and research.

Academic staff and postgraduate students in the school engage in individual and group research projects that cover a wide range of topics in Architecture, Building Science, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

Key research areas:

  • architectural and urban design processes
  • building economics, management and regulation
  • building performance and evaluation
  • drawing and modelling for design
  • energy and environmental building design
  • sustainable architecture
  • urban landscapes
  • virtual design visualisation.

Recent research has focused on:

  • building control reform
  • building performance, construction and project management
  • New Zealand architecture and design history
  • the development of participatory processes in architectural practice
  • the efficient use of energy in architecture
  • the evaluation of buildings in use.
Plant filled atrium at Te Aro campus

View our public lectures

The Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation regularly hosts public lectures on a variety of topics within architecture, design, and the built environment. Check them out on our YouTube playlist.

View our lectures

Research news

Catch up with some of the groundbreaking work being done by researchers in the School of Architecture.

Staff and students

Postgraduate students in the Wellington School of Architecture play a vital role in developing high quality research outputs. Our staff supervise students across a wide variety of thesis topics. In many cases research findings are presented at national and international conferences. Many postgraduates have become industry leaders in their chosen field.

Our staff publish a wide variety of scholarly articles, books, case studies, chapters, edited collections, monographs, reports, and conference papers.

Further information on staff research interests and publications can be found on our staff profiles.

Research centres

Our research centres are well established in the School and act as a vehicle for collaborative research and as a resource to our postgraduate students and staff.