Current PhD research

Meet a selection of PhD students in the Wellington School of Architecture and learn about their research.

Ackley Aniebietabasi

Ackley looks at the indoor environment of classrooms and the influence this has on students’ learning performance and health.

Amin Rastandeh

Urban biodiversity in an era of climate change: towards an optimised landscape pattern in support of indigenous wildlife species in urban New Zealand

Armano Papageorge

Autonomous Off-Site Construction: Structurally Optimised and Mass Customisable Building Components.

Bianca Grizhar

Using Bayesian inference on building performance data to assist early stage design.

Faeze Yavari

Housing alternatives for an ageing population in New Zealand: a resource assessment.

Ged Finch

Developing affordable circular economy solutions for the construction industry.

Hamish Beattie

The Space of Discursive Urbanism: Exploring informal settlement upgrading through a “perceptual bridging” approach to participatory design gaming.

Harry Yi He

Design principles for outdoor wind environment in urban areas.

José Rafael Núñez Collado

(Re)constructing the Informal City. Urban narratives from Santo Domingo Slums.

Jasim Azhar

Investigating the role of urban 'in-between' spaces.

Lateef Ademola Lawal

Spaces for improvement in childbirth recovery care: A case study of postnatal room designs in hospitals.

Lesley Metibogun

Integrated architectural strategies for the retrofit design of Auckland’s public library buildings.

Marzieh (Negin) Imani

Milad Moradibistouni

Use of zero energy prefabricated Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) as a potential solution to the shortage of housing in New Zealand.

Rehan Shaikh

The role of transport in creating “the coolest little low-carbon capital”.

Serdar Aydin

Participatory digital heritage making via gamification.

Sophie Jerram

Sophie's research investigates the relationship between specific artistic encounters and commoning.

Shuva Chowdhury

Generating urban codes, an algorithmic urban design platform for neighbourhoods in New Zealand.

Sky Lo Tian Tian

The potential to use gamification to develop a digital platform for multi-user-oriented housing design.

Tamaraukuro Tammy Amasuomo

Architects’ perception of the implementation of environmentally sustainable design.

Yingyi Zhang

The feasibility of implementing form-based code in parametric urban design of high-density cities.

Yukiko Kuboshima

Designing supported housing to improve the quality of life of older people in New Zealand.

Zahra Balador

The role of architects in increasing the use of reclaimed and recycled building materials in New Zealand

Germán Molina

Making indoor ‘comfort’ a selling point in the housing market.