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WHY STUDY ARCHITECTURE?

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Why STUDY ARCHITECTURE?

Architecture is the art, practice, & science
of designing & constructing buildings & spaces. 

 

Architecture is a marriage of the arts and the sciences. It calls on practicality, craft, imagination, and analysis.

The value of architecture lies in going beyond the necessities of shelter, to create spaces which evoke intense emotional responses, and which make us feel truly alive.

Architectural thinking has impact across a range of applications, dealing with important questions such as:

  • how will climate change affect the way we life? The way we use materials? 
  • how will we build communities on mars?
  • what will population increase, an aging population and the housing crisis mean for how we built spaces for our communities to grow up in, to live in, and to grow old in?

Studying architecture is more than learning how a traditional house goes together, it's discovering and developing a series of skills and tools which enable you to engage - critically, creatively and practically - with these new, exciting, and important issues as they arise. 

 

Whatever your path in architecture, it's sure to be full of challenges and rewards.
The more you give, the more you'll get back. 


new zealand

Although there are many different pathways available, qualifying to be an Registered Architect in New Zealand typically involves 3 steps:

  • 5 years at university (completing accredited courses); and
  • a minimum of 3 years of professional experience; and
  • sitting a professional examination to complete Registration.
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WHAT SCHOOL SUBJECTS DO I NEED
to study architecture?

SCHOOL
SUBJECTS

What subjects should aspiring architects choose at school?

 

Choosing which subjects to study at school can be difficult - particularly if you don't want to close down your options.

Luckily, if you are thinking of studying architecture, the best thing you can do is to keep studying a broad range of subjects.

You will also need to achieve the minimum requirements for University Entrance, alongside any course specific requirement.


in your final years of high school, you should be focusing on developing your skills in the following three areas:

 
 

1 | MATHS & PHYSICS

Relevant subjects:

  • Mathematics with Calculus
  • Statistics & Modelling
  • Physics

 

2 | VISUAL ART

Relevant subjects:

  • Visual Art: Painting, Design, Photography, Sculpture. 
  • Graphics
  • Technology

3 | WRITING

Relevant subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Art History
  • Classics
 

As with all transitions from High School to University, it is useful to bear in mind that what you learnt at school will likely not map exactly on to what you will learn at University. The role of high school education is to provide you with a broad base from which to step out in to the world. University, on the other hand, is a place which opens up your thinking beyond high-school, and invites you to look at things in new ways.

For this reason, having taken all the most relevant subjects doesn't necessarily guarantee success at university. For example, in my experience, students who were taught hard-and-fast drawing rules in graphics often struggle to 'unlearn' and move beyond them, despite having more advanced technical drawing skills than others.

So, then, what is my personal suggestion?
Take the subjects that hold your interest.

But if in doubt, stick to subjects which will allow you engage with concepts, and thinking processes, rather than the learning of rules or specific methods of presentation. Examples of these types of subjects might be Calculus, Painting, and English. Otherwise, be aware that chances are you'll have to unlearn rules once you move past school. 


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ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS
NEW ZEALAND


in New Zealand, you can study Architecture at three schools:


 

When you are planning your study pathway, it helps to consider where you think you might want to go after study. 

To get on the most direct pathway to becoming a Registered Architect in New Zealand, you will probably be thinking about studying for a Master of Architecture (Professional) or MArch(Prof). This is a  2-year post-graduate degree, which follows a 3-year undergraduate course, typically a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. The full 2-part accredited course takes 5 years of full-time study. 

While there are a range of architecture-related courses on offer in New Zealand, only three offer an accredited course including the MArch (Prof) degree: The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, and Unitec Institute of Technology. 

 

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Find out what you need to know to make your decision in Portico Journal


 

other architecture related courses
in New Zealand

Note that the following course are not accredited architecture courses, but involve components which relate to architecture.

 



UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

School of Architecture and Planning


 
See Student Work from University of Auckland on Pinterest

See Student Work from University of Auckland on Pinterest

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (BAS)

BACHELOR OF URBAN PLANNING (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons))

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)

Also offered:

  • Degree courses in the related fields of Landscape Architecture, Engineering, & Surveying.
  • Masters Degree courses in Architecture, Sustainable Design, Heritage Conservation, Urban Planning, Urban Design.
  • Opportunity for combined Masters programme study.

 

 

 


 



UNITEC INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

School of Architecture & Planning


 
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See Student Work from Unitec on Pinterest

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (BAS)

  • 3 year, full time course
  • Competitive Entry
  • Portfolio required

Master of Architecture (Professional)

     

    Also offered:

    • A range of Architecture & Architectural Technology related Diploma courses
    • Degree courses in the related fields of Landscape Architecture, Engineering, & Surveying.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON

    Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Aro Campus


     
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    See Student Work from Victoria University School of Architecture & Design on Pinterest

    BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (BAS)

    Bachelor of Building Science (BBSc)

    MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)

    Also offered:

    • Masters courses in Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Architecture, Building Science. 
    • Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments as transitional step from one major to another.

     

     

     

     
     

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