Te Ao Hurihuri

Research and practice in architecture, urban design, and building science by tangata whenua with a focus on mātauranga Māori, and kaupapa Māori research

Mataiki flags at the Wellington Harbourside 2019 by David Hakaraia
Flag series by David Hakaraia for Wellington's 2020 Matariki celebrations. The flags represent the whai repo (stingray) that inhabit the Whairepo Lagoon and are kaitiaki (guardians) to Te Raukura and the waka associated with the Wharewaka.

Research with and for the benefit of iwi, decolonisation, and spatial / design justice issues.

Academic staff

Name Research interests
David Hakaraia
  • Māori traditions and narratives to express and develop a contemporary Māori visual language
  • Traditional and modern digital fabrication techniques to express more culturally appropriate design solutions that acknowledge mātauranga Māori
  • Narratives that express Māori heritage

Bobby Luke

Ngāti Ruanui and Taranaki W’ānui, School of Design Innovation 

  • Decolonising design methodologies in Fashion and textiles
  • Indigenous epistemologies social sustainability
  • Critical design thinking
  • Kaupapa Māori
  • Visual moving image making
  • Fine arts and installation based practices
Tuakana Metuarau
  • Filmmaking & animation
  • Game development
  • History of video game home consoles and how that data could be stored and catalogued through the video game medium itself

Nat Perkins

Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, School of Architecture

  • New product development with an interest in different strategies that challenge existing structures and methods
  • Furniture design

Study options

The following postgraduate programmes allow you to pursue this research:

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Explore the theoretical side of architecture and dive deeper into its history and theory. Develop your analysis and critical thinking skills with in-depth study into your area of interest.

In this thesis-based programme, you can build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. Or, if you’re already working in the industry, you can expand your knowledge through research.

Find out more about the Master of Architecture (MArch)

Master of Architecture (Professional) (MArch[Prof])

Prepare to work as a professional architect. Hone your skills as a designer, develop your ability to think visually and in three dimensions, and learn how to best meet your clients’ needs through practical, real-life experiences.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Architecture and a Master of Architecture (Professional) will have met the academic requirements to register as a professional architect.

Find out more about the Master of Architecture (Professional) (MArch[Prof])

Master of Interior Architecture (MIA)

Become a specialist in the architectural design of interior spaces. Examine the relationships between materials, people, and space. Make a difference to people’s wellbeing through the innovative design of interior spaces.

Our MIA is internationally recognised through two professional bodies.

Find out more about the Master of Interior Architecture (MIA)

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Develop your creative expertise and become a professional landscape architect. Gain the knowledge and skills to create innovative design solutions for outdoor spaces.

Our MLA is one of only three programmes in New Zealand that meet the standards for accreditation with the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).

Find out more about Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Master of Architectural Science (MArchSc)

Become an expert in the science of the built environment and increase your understanding of the connections between architecture, engineering, testing, and building research.

The MArchSc is professionally recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB).

Find out more about the Master of Architectural Science (MArchSc)

Master of Architectural Science (Research) (MArchSc[Res])

Research and write a thesis within the broad field of architectural science, under the expert supervision of our academic staff.

You must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science before you can enrol in this Master’s.

Find out more about the Master of Architectural Science (Research) (MArchSc[Res])


On our PhD programme, you'll produce an original body of research that expands the discipline. Your work will be largely independently driven, with two supervisors available to advise you. Typically the PhD is studied on-site, but in suitable cases it may be studied by distance.

Find out more about the PhD.