2020 News

Read past news stories from the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation's 2020 news archive.

  • Ben Tunui with his project 'Utu' at NZIA awards

    Expressing tikanga Māori architecturally

    Master of Architecture (professional) student Ben Tunui (Ngāti Awa, Te Atiawa) has won the 2020 Te Kāhui Whaihanga Resene Student Design Awards with his Master’s work Utu.

  • Listen: Raqi Syed interviewed for Command Line Heroes

    Raqi Syed, programme director for the Master of Design Technology at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's Miramar Creative Centre, was interviewed on the podcast Command Line Heroes on the history of computer graphics and special effects.

  • Skyscrapers with balconies covered in plants and greenery

    Bringing buildings to life

    Could buildings imitate living organisms? Negin Imani has created a tool translating natural thermoregulation strategies into architectural solutions.

  • architectural render of people walking alond a boardwalk next to streams

    Looking to nature to design climate-resilient cities

    Aotearoa New Zealand and other Pacific Islands are at the forefront of climate change impacts affecting ecosystems and human wellbeing, so how do we adapt our cities to be more resilient and more liveable? Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers developing an Oceania-specific form of urban design that explores how Indigenous knowledge can better prepare us for the future.

  • Wellington CBD seen from Mount Victoria

    Six storeys high a step too far

    Associate Professor Morten Gjerde welcomes removing protection for some older buildings in Wellington but warns against replacing them with tall ones.

  • Birds eye view of housing estate

    The pursuit of comfortable homes

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington PhD student Germán Molina Larrain is helping making comfortable homes a reality for more New Zealanders.

  • Prison corridor and staircase

    Strong messages about justice reform

    Christine McCarthy looks at New Zealand political parties' criminal justice policies ahead of the general election, and argues open prisons would have a much better shot at prisoner reintegration than our current prison infrastructure.

  • James Wallace profile photo

    Mastering the slow art of architecture

    Alumnus James Wallace shares what he loves about a meaningful career designing projects that positively benefit local communities and makes the case for helping mentor the next generation of architects.