The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation invites new students on a journey of creativity.

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Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel
Dean of Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation—Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa

Kia ora and welcome to the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation—Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa. We’re at the heart of New Zealand's creative capital city. You’ll find this an exciting, inspirational, and enjoyable place to learn, study, and design.

In the Pacific-Rim region, we’re recognised as the leading university for creativity, innovation, interdisciplinary learning, entrepreneurship, and design-led research. Our fresh collaborative models focus on emerging and digital technologies that embrace indigenous cultures.

Architects, designers, and innovators sit at the creative core that shapes our world. Design, with its capacity to literally "remake the world", is at the heart of everything we do. Our solutions are sustainable, elegant, and human.

Located in Wellington’s bustling CBD, our Faculty offers high-quality learning and research environments across our disciplines and Schools. It all adds up to a thriving creative hub for local and global affairs.

At the Wellington School of Architecture—Te Kura Waihanga you learn how integrated, technically innovative, and imaginative solutions shape our built environment. In the School of Design Innovation—Te Kura Hoahoa you innovate and influence the world we live in through creative technologies and visionary designs.

We aspire to passion, design flair, agility, experimentation, and Vision Mātauranga (the innovative potential of Māori knowledge). These are the keys to your learning success. We’re committed to nurturing you as our future leaders and influencers through an authentic higher-education experience.

Studying with us will prepare you to be a world-leading professional architect, creator, or design entrepreneur. You’ll become a design professional and a creative problem solver who conceptualises, designs, and builds the world we live in.

In our laboratories, studios, and workshops, our international academics and professional staff conduct research and teach using high-tech instruments and software suites. This gives you rich, hands-on opportunities to explore your ideas.

The Faculty offers you an accessible, diverse, and inclusive experience through our range of degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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I look forward to discussing your ideas further as you embark on your journey with us as a lifelong learner, creator, and innovator.

Please contact me at MarcAurel.Schnabel@vuw.ac.nz if you’d like to learn more.

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel 
Dean of Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation—Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa