School of Architecture

Past Events

Red zones, green frames and blueprints: Wellington panel discussion on city-building after disaster in Christchurch

Date: 18 September 2014

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: LT1 – School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street

Join economist Eric Crampton, writer Giovanni Tiso, architect Chris Moller and public health housing specialist Graciela Rivera-Munoz in discussion with co-editor Barnaby Bennett as they consider the issues and lessons learned from the Christchurch recovery process, and reflect on why these need to be heeded in the case of any Wellington seismic events.

On 30 July 2012, Prime Minister John Key launched the Central City Recovery Plan - the Blueprint. Two years later, Freerange Press is pleased to announce the release of Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch.

This important book offers the first substantial critique of the Government’s recovery plan for Christchurch, presents alternative approaches to rebuilding and archives a vital and extraordinary time.

A selection of contributors from Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch discuss the issues that have emerged in the writing of this book, with particular attention to the government’s Blueprint, which continues to determine the city’s recovery.

Books will be on sale for $45.

For more information contact: Carolyn Jowsey, email carolyn.jowsey@vuw.ac.nz, phone 04 463 6120.

Compelling Alternatives Exhibition

Date: 29 May 2014

Time: 5.30 pm

 

Exhibition opening

29 May 2014, 5.30pm

School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

As cities in New Zealand and around the world rapidly expand, there is a corresponding pressure on their hinterlands; developers look to expand the city limits, tangata whenua look to defend cultural integrity and determine their own futures, farmers look to increase productivity, tourists look for environmental gratification, and lifestyle residents look for their piece of paradise.The Kapiti/Horowhenua region is a natural landscape with stunning visual amenity that in many ways is being squandered in pursuit of short-term gain at a regional expense.

What are the ‘compelling alternatives’?

These speculative design scenarios from the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture are both strategic and tactical, broadscale and specific. They are underpinned by a resilience approach with far-reaching implications for the relationships between the built environment, land use, community and culture.

 

Compelling Alternatives

School of Architecture Orientation Day 2014

Date: 27 February 2014

Time: 10.00 am

The official welcome for first year students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Building Science. Learn more about BAS & BBSc Orientation.   

Thoughts about Neighbourliness - Public Seminar

Date: 25 February 2014

Time: 12.00 pm

A public seminar exploring relations between neighbours, concepts of ‘privacy’, fences and boundaries, sharing and social interaction, dependence, inter-dependence and independence and the relationship between neighbourliness and density.

Thoughts about Neighbourliness is a seminar as part of a week-long intensive workshop - Looking for the Local: Density and diversity in Wellington - led by Nigel Bertram and Marika Neustupny with Kerstin Thompson. The workshop will focus on fieldwork research into the sometimes unexpected conditions of density to be found within Wellington’s particular topography, social relations and building traditions. A catalogue of drawings of local typologies, urban relationships and physical/ social conditions will be produced. This will be developed into a pamphlet and exhibition and will contribute a chapter to the forthcoming Housing Atlas of Australia and New Zealand.

Marika Neustupny and Nigel Bertram are directors of Melbourne practice NMBW Architecture Studio and have taught at Monash and RMIT Universities for over 15 years. They have run numerous urban research projects with students and published the outcomes in books such as Division and Multiplication, By Product Tokyo, Curtain Call, and Furniture Structure Infrastructure. Much of their built work explores what lessons can be learnt from the everyday pragmatics of building and living with an emphasis on urban engagement and culturally-specific design.

Thoughts about neighbourliness 

 

Tokelau - Then Now / Now Then

Date: 20 February – 13 April 2014

Time: 8.00 am

This exhibition is part of a Masters of Architecture preliminary thesis research at Victoria University of Wellington. The project explores how the essence of a Tokelauan village might be recreated in the design of a community facility in suburban New Zealand.

Using participatory design practices as a method, the project involves working with the Tokelauan community to design a 'village' collaboratively. The Tokelauan community centre in Naenae will provide the testing grounds for the thesis work.

 

Exhibition details

20 February – 13 April 2014

Pataka Art + Museum

Bottle Creek Gallery

Corner Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua

 

Tokelau Exhibition Poster 

 

 

Make It: SARC 2013/2014 Furniture Exhibition

Date: 19–28 February 2014

Time: 10.00 am

An exhibition featuring furniture designed by Victoria University students.

SARC 312/412 Furniture Design course offers a complete and real-world process in creating and documenting the production of a quality piece of furniture. This is with the help of our sponsor client, Metal Art, as well as other suppliers and manufacturers throughout New Zealand.

Exhibition open from 10am February 19 to February 28 2014

Faculty of Architecture and Design

139 Vivian Street

Wellington

 

Make It exhibition poster 

UHPH_14: Landscape Ecologies of Urban and Planning History

Date: 2–5 February 2014

Time: 9.00 am

12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference

The School of Architecture is hosting the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference. Some 56 papers from academics and practitioners from Australasia and beyond have been double blind reviewed and are included in the three day programme. Kevin Prime [Ngati Hine], Bill Gammage [ANU] and Jacky Bowring [Lincoln University] are the keynote speakers and the conference will feature a panel discussion and two post-conference tours. 

Details can be found here. Full and day registrations are welcome. Contact morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz for more information. 

 

Symposium - Architectural style spreads its wings: New Zealand architecture in the 1880s

Date: 6 December 2013

Time: 9.00 am

Architectural style spreads its wings: New Zealand architecture in the 1880s

This is a one day symposium held under the auspices of the Centre for Building Performance Research, Victoria University.

For registration and further details visit the Centre for Building Performance Research.

Symposium details

Friday 6th December 2013
9am–5pm

LT2, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Seminar in honour of Professor George Baird

Date: 22 November 2013

Time: 1.00 pm

Past and current colleagues and students of Professor George Baird are gathering to celebrate his research on the occasion of his retirement.

The seminar will include formal and informal presentations from the wide range of people Professor Baird has worked with over his 38 years at VUW.

Seminar details

Friday, November 22

1pm–5pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington


[Re] Cuba: Improving the Earthquake Resilience of Cuba Street Buildings

Date: 14 November 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

Louise SeybAn invitation to a Student Project Presentation and Awards Evening, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, with support from the NZ Historic Places Trust Wellington City Council, Studio of Pacific Architecture, Gerald Parsonson Architecture, Architecture Workshop, Alistair Luke, Andrew Sexton Architecture, and Prendos.

This evening will present the exciting results of an initiative by Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture with support from New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Wellington City Council to run a Fourth Year student project to explore architectural and structural engineering approaches, with the aim to improve the earthquake resilience and urban qualities of the Cuba Street heritage precinct.

Students took an innovative approach to integrating architecture and the retrofitting of “clusters” of buildings, as well as designing conceptual seismic upgrade schemes for approximately eighty older buildings in Cuba Street.

A long model of the full length of Cuba street presents a vision for the future of Cuba street in 2039.The student project outcomes, in the form of architectural designs, models and technical reports, will form a very creative and stimulating body of work that will be accessible to the public.

The evening will begin with short presentations from representatives of Wellington City Council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Then the five academic staff and practice partners from Victoria University who co-ordinated groups of students focussing on this Cuba Street project will give detailed information about the project outcomes and findings.

 

5.30pm–6.00 pm Complimentary drinks and nibbles
6.00pm–7.00pm Presentations from representatives of WCC, HZHPT, followed by an explanation and detailed information and discussion of the outcomes of the student project, and questions.
7.00pm–7.15pm Presentation of a special heritage scholarship award and two runners up awards for work undertaken by the students on the project. 

Location: LT1 and the Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

 

 

Public lecture: Kas Oosterhuis

Date: 12 November 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

Kas Oosterhuis: Recent works by ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]

Kas Oosterhuis studied architecture at Delft Technical University. He taught as Unit Master at the AA in London (1987-88) and worked for a year in Theo van Doesburg's in former Paris studio together with visual artist Ilona Lénárd. In 1989, they founded the ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] design studio in Rotterdam, a multidisciplinary practice where architects, artists and programmers collaborate on the construction of large-scale sculptural buildings. Established as a global leader in the use of digital design technology, Oosterhuis lectures around the world and has taught at numerous universities. Widely published internationally, his work has garnered numerous awards, including the Autodesk BIM Experience Award, Architectural Record Award, National Steel Award, Dutch Design Award for Public Space, and two nominations for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Since 2000 Oosterhuis has served as professor of digital design methods at Delft Technical University and is currently leading a staff of 20 researchers at the Independent Hyperbody research group. His teaching and research is in the areas of interactve architecture, real time behaviour of buildings and environment, living building concepts, collaborative design, file to factory production and parametric design. He also oversees the recently opened protoSPACE fabrication laboratory, and was co-founder of the Attila Foundation, which pursues the electronic fusion of art and architecture.

His work has been the subject of numerous books, including monographs of his design work, and publications of his research, including the recent Towards a New Kind of Building, published by NAi Rotterdam.

Public lecture details

Tuesday 12th November, 6.00pm

Drinks from 5.30pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Jeppe Andersen: "It's all about water, cities are for people"

Date: 31 October 2013

Time: 12.15 pm

Jeppe Andersen will deliver this keynote lecture as a part of the School of Architecture Crit Week 2013.

Jeppe Andersen, Director of the celebrated Danish Landscape Architecture firm, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, discusses waterfront design, in particular the Gammel Dok project in Denmark and his most recent collaboration with Turf landscape architects on the design of Sydney’s highest profile waterfront project, Barangaroo at East Darling Harbour.

Public lecture details

Thursday 31 October, 12.15pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

Specificity that Surprises: the work of m3architecture

Date: 30 October 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

Michael Lavery will deliver a keynote lecture as part of the School of Architecture 2013 Crit Week.

m3architecture’s work explores the situations specific to each project and looks further at the opportunities inherent in them. This exploration occurs to draw out; revealing, engaging, and surprising built outcomes. The development of the work and the communication of the ideas behind it are often summarised as concise text, diagrams or posters.

These tools capture and inform the territory between thinking and building. This lecture explores this way of working, the themes and ideas that exist, and the resultant outcomes.

Public lecture details

Wednesday 30 October, 6pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington 

Inside the Digital: first year student work

Date: 29 October 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

Antony Pelosi will deliver this keynote lecture as part of the School of Architecture Crit Week 2013.

This presentation will outline and show examples of first year student projects from Spatial Design at Massey University, Wellington. The course is structured to create a culture of students learning how to learn a range of software from image manipulation to 3D real-time game engines for interactive visualisation. This approach exposes students to methods of enquiring that enable personal access of relevant and timely knowledge.

Antony Pelosi is the Director of Spatial Design at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. He has also worked for Holt Hinshaw Architects in San Francisco as an architectural designer on retail, hospitality and residential projects. He has strong industry links with Nextspace, a NZ-based 3D visualisation industry catalyst; and as an advising consultant for Productspec.net; as well as a technical and usability consultant for Indigo Render, a Wellington-based software rendering package.

Public lecture details

Tuesday 29 October, 6pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

School of Architecture Crit Week 2013

Date: 29 October – 1 November 2013

Time: 9.00 am

Crit Week is a significant public event in the VUW academic year. For four days, from October 29th to November 1st, the School will be celebrating the design achievements of students in 2013.

A programme of reviews, revolving exhibitions and public lectures has been organised to showcase Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture studio projects from years 2–4. Professional colleagues, whanau, family and friends are warmly invited. Students prepare carefully for these major presentations of their drawings, models and electronic imagery. They will also have supporting oral presentations.

Crit Week this year also includes keynote lectures by esteemed academics and practitioners: Antony Pelosi (Massey University), Michael Lavery (m3architecture, Brisbane), and Jeppe Andersen (Jeppe Aagaard Andersen). We hope you can join us.

View the 2013 Crit Week schedule here.

 

Nostalgic Futures: A lecture by Takaharu Tezu

Date: 17 October 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects, led by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka, have a growing international reputation for their inventive and often charming approach to design. Rather than the attenuated materiality or structural gymnastics that characterize much contemporary Japanese architecture, they have become known for refreshingly unconventional buildings that create flexible, open living spaces on the constrained sites that typify Japanese cities. Their suburban houses and apartment buildings combine new sensibilities and traditional values – in the Roof House (2001), each room in the house is expanded through access to a series of casual living areas on the roof. In recent years, award-winning public projects such as Fuji Kindergarten (2007) and Woods of Net (2009) have demonstrated the Tezukas’ ability to exercise their originality at a larger scale. Serving as the University of Auckland’s International Architects-in-Residence for 2013, the Tezukas will teach a studio course and also present lectures in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Supported by The Warren Trust, GIB and The University of Auckland and Victoria University School of Architecture

 

Public lecture details

Thursday 17 October, 6pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington


 

Tom Daniell: Women in Japanese Architecture

Date: 11 October 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

A lecture on the work, thought, and influence of prominent women architects in twentieth and twenty-first century Japanese architecture. Based in Japan since 1992, Tom Daniell is currently Head of Architecture at the University of St Joseph in Macau, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Visiting Fellow at the RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Lab, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, and director of his own architectural practice.

Public lecture details

Friday 11 October, 6pm

LT2, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

Diverse Practice: Justine Clark and Debbie Ryan

Date: 10 October 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

Justine Clark and Debbie Ryan will deliver a public lecture as part of the series on Diverse Practice, in association with Women+Architecture NZ.

Justine Clark is an architecture editor, writer, critic and researcher. Educated in New Zealand, she has been based in Melbourne since 2000 and was editor of Architecture Australia from 2004 – 2011. Justine is currently editor of the website Parlour: women, equity, architecture, and is a researcher in the wider project 'Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: women, work, leadership.'

Debbie Ryan is the principal of MCR and has managed the practice for the past 25 years. She has vast experience in commercial, institutional and domestic design. Debbie has singluar design abilities, acute sense of composition and extensive product knowledge. These attributes have contributed to MCR's edge in delivering end products. Debbie's approach is both scientific and intuitive, and conceived designs perfectly meet the requirements of each client and building. Debbie co-leads all projects at MCR with Robert McBride and is a recognized public speaker, critic of design and a continuing contributor to the construction industry.

Join us for drinks and nibbles in the Atrium at 5.30pm before the 6.00pm lecture.

Justine Clark and Debbie Ryan

10 October

Drinks 5.30pm

Lecture 6.00pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

 

Uncommon Ground: Land Reclamation and Casino Culture in Macau

Date: 9 October 2013

Time: 12.30 pm

Tom Daniell, Head of Architecture at the University of St Joseph in Macau, will deliver a public lecture on land reclamation and casino culture in Macau.

Before the Portuguese settled Macau in the mid-sixteenth century, it had a landmass of a little under 3km2; it is now close to 30 km2, an increase in size of 1000%. The majority of Macau is now reclaimed land. Each new reclamation project represented an opportunity to reinforce, extend, or contradict the existing identity of Macau, and to project alternative futures. However, in almost every case, the areas intended for housing and public amenities has been annexed by casino and resort developments. This presentation will outline at the history of land reclamation in Macau, and examine the resulting urban mosaic.

 

Public lecture details

Wednesday 9 October, 12.30pm

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

Diverse Practice: Symposium

Date: 8 October 2013

Time: 7.00 pm

A conversation on Diverse Practice as part of the series, in association with Women+Architecture NZ.

For the symposium five speakers were invited respond and talk to specific questions from the survey about diverse practice. This is from a student perspective - through to established practitioners – which speaks more directly to the challenges of practice experienced by women. The session will be concluded by a panel discussion chaired by Justine Clark.

Symposium

8 October, 7pm (preceded by the exhibition opening)

LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Diverse Practice: Exhibition

Date: 8–11 October 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

The exhibition Diverse Practice is based on a response to a survey that asked 7 questions about practice:

  1. What do you do?
  2. How did you get to this position?
  3. Is it where you expected to be when you embarked in a career in architecture?
  4. Where would you like to be in the future?
  5. If you could share one insight about architecture with a graduate entering the profession what would it be?
  6. What do you think the future of architectural practice is/should be?
  7. How do you manage a work/life balance?

The text from the survey for the exhibition has been curated by Jan Smitheram and Kerstin Thompson, with design and typography by Catherin Griffiths in collaboration with Kerstin Thompson. Please note that the questions in this survey were developed from Tania Davidge, Elycia de Guia, Anna Jeffery, Bernadette Wilson and Justine Clark's questionnaire prepared for a survey for architects working in Victoria.

Exhibition opening – drinks and nibbles

8 October, 6pm

The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

Diverse Practice: Cazu Zegers

Date: 23 September 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

Cazu Zegers will deliver a public lecture as part of the series on Diverse Practice, in association with Women+Architecture NZ.

 

Chilean architect Cazu Zegers studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Valparaiso, and later worked in New York and studied at the Parsons School of Design.
In 1997 she founded the A.I.R.A. Group (an acronym of the words Art, Imagination, Rigor and Love). Zegers’ architectural work has its origins in the relationship between the poetic word and the landscapes of South America.
Her best known projects include the Hotel Tierra Patagonia, the Church of the Holy Spirit at PuenteAlto, the Casa del Fuoco and the Casa nella Cala, for which she won the prize at the Buenos Aires Biennale of Architecture in 1993. Two books about her work have been published, entitled Prototypes in Territory and Carpentry, both in 2008.

Join us in the Atrium for drinks and nibbles at 5.30pm before the 6.00pm lecture.

Cazu Zegers

Monday, 23 September

Drinks 5.30pm

Lecture 6.00pm

LT2, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Public Lecture: Contemporary Architecture in Tokyo: Through a Structural Frame

Date: 11 September 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

Andrew-Charleson-Public-LectureAssociate Professor Andrew Charleson recently spent six weeks in Tokyo studying buildings whose structures are indispensable elements of their architecture.

Come prepared to be amazed by the work of some of the world’s leading architects.

Visit buildings by Ito, Herzog & de Meuron, Vigñoly, Ban, Kurokawa, Yamanashi, Foreign Office Architects, and Ishigami.

 

5.30pm - Drinks in the Atrium

6.00pm - Public Lecture in LT1

All welcome.

Seismicity: Lebbeus Woods and Architecture's Fault Lines

Date: 9 August 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

 

Quake CityJoseph Becker will provide insights into how the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods re-thought architecture as a conceptual practice that rarely left the drawing board; whose interrogations of space were designed to embrace change, including the kinds of transformations effected by war and disaster. This is the Keynote lecture as part of the symposium After The Event, being held on Saturday 10 August, organised by The Adam Art Gallery.

Public lecture:

Friday, 9 August, 6pm

LT1/2

Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Aro Campus, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

After the Event symposium:

Saturday, 10 August, 10am-6pm

Adam Art Gallery and Alan MacDiarmid Building

Victoria University of Wellington, access via Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Symposium tickets: $20 waged, $15 students and unwaged, email therese.lloyd@vuw.ac.nz

Image: Lebbeus Woods, Quake City, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995; graphite and pastel; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; (c) Estate of Lebbeus Woods


 

Parametric Modelling and Dynamic Knowledge Respository Workshop

Date: 27–28 July 2013

Time: 9.00 am

Date: 27–28 July 2013 Time: 9.00 am

A 2-Day intensive practical introduction to algorithmic computational design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros.

Available for second-year and above architecture and design students, architects, landscape designers, interior designers, urban designers and building scientists.

No prior knowledge of Grasshopper and Rhinoceros is required, but the workshop format is flexible enough that those with experience in visual programming will still find it rewarding.

Instructor: Anastasia Globa, PhD Candidate (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), M.Arch (DIA Dessau, Germany 2010), Architect (MGTU, Russia, 2007)

Those interested can view the below documents for further information and visit http://parametric-modelling.tumblr.com/

To register contact: globalnaya@gmail.com

Perry Lethlean Public Lecture

Date: 23 July 2013

Time: 5.00 pm

Waterfront work and public infrastrcuture by building sustainability into public landscapes: The role of landscape and nature in shaping the form, quality and character of our cities.

Urban Design expert Perry Lethlean will visit Victoria University next week to deliver a free public lecture, held in collaboration with The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Education Foundation, at the School of Architecture.

The lecture, titled Building sustainability into public landscapes will focus on the role of landscape and nature in shaping the form, quality and character of our cities, and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Mr Lethlean is a director of the Melbourne office of the Taylor Cullity Lethlean. His experience varies from the preparation of large-scale urban design frameworks and master plans, to the detailed design of urban spaces, master planning and design of tertiary institutions and working with Local and State Government agencies.

His experience in urban design throughout Australia, and his interest in city culture and design theory, provides him with a rich background for involvement in urban projects.

Mr Lethlean has led the successful implementation of complex landscape and urban projects such as the Geelong Waterfront Redevelopment, Forest Gallery at the Melbourne Museum and the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.

Before the public lecture, Mr Lethlean will present a Masterclass for Master’s students from Victoria’s Faculty of Architecture and Design about waterfront infrastructure and best practice for a liveable city.

Public lecture details

When: Tuesday 23 July, 5.30pm (drinks from 5pm)

Where: LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Admission is free, all are welcome.

Parametric Modelling and Design Patterns Workshop

Date: 20–21 July 2013

Time: 9.00 am

A 2-Day intensive practical introduction to algorithmic computational design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros.

Available for second-year and above architecture and design students, architects, landscape designers, interior designers, urban designers and building scientists.

No prior knowledge of Grasshopper and Rhinoceros is required, but the workshop format is flexible enough that those with experience in visual programming will still find it rewarding.

Instructor: Anastasia Globa, PhD Candidate (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), M.Arch (DIA Dessau, Germany 2010), Architect (MGTU, Russia, 2007)

Those interested can view the below documents for further information and visit http://parametric-modelling.tumblr.com/

To register contact: globalnaya@gmail.com

Public Lecture - Dr Peter Wouters

Date: 13 May 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

In association with BRANZ and the Centre for Building Performance Research, Dr Peter Wouters of the International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance gives a presentation on the European experience of high performance buildings. This includes a description of the European experience of advanced ventilation systems in very air-tight houses, public energy and CO2 performance certificates—the proposed benefits and reality.

 

Dr Peter Wouters, 5.30PM, LT1, Te Aro Campus, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington

 

Public Lecture - Anthony Hoete: WHAT_architecture (London)

Date: 10 May 2013

Time: 6.00 pm

Anthony Hoete, a founding partner of WHAT_architecture (London) will give a public lecture as a part of the School of Architecture Master's Design Thesis May Review. Anthony will abandon the conventions of the 'archilecture' and instead use the public space as a creative consultation opportunity with the audience.

 

More information on the Lecture and the Master's Review is available here.

Parametric Modelling Workshop - Rhinoceros / Grasshopper Level One / Two

Date: 6–7 April 2013

Time: 9.15 am

A 2-Day intensive practical introduction to algorithmic computational design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros.

Available for second-year and above architecture and design students, architects, landscape designers, interior designers, urban designers and building scientists.

No prior knowledge of Grasshopper and Rhinoceros is required, but the workshop format is flexible enough that those with experience in visual programming will still find it rewarding.

Instructor: Anastasia Globa, PhD Candidate (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), M.Arch (DIA Dessau, Germany 2010), Architect (MGTU, Russia, 2007)

Those interested can view the below documents for further information and visit http://parametric-modelling.tumblr.com/

To register contact: globalnaya@gmail.com 

File Name File Size File Type
 Workshop_Details.pdf 1.2 MB PDF
 Workshop_Assignment_Examples.pdf 900 KB PDF

 

 

International Architecture Students' Welcome

Date: 20 March 2013

Time: 5.00 pm

The Head of School, Jules Moloney, would like to officially welcome International Students to the School of Architecture in 2013.

We will be holding a welcome celebration in the Atrium at 5pm, Wednesday 20th March.

School of Architecture Orientation 2013

Date: 27 February 2013

Time: 10.00 am

View detailed information about First-year Architecture Orientation on the Faculty of Architecture and Design website.

End of Year Exhibition

Date: 14–23 November 2012

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


It is a long-standing tradition for the Faculty of Architecture and Design to host an End of Year exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase student work from undergraduate to postgraduate level, Architecture and Design degrees.

End of Year Exhibition flyer (PDF, 549 KB)

Real Buildings, Real People, Real Data

Date: 13 November 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


Real Building, Real People, Real Data is a lecture about 'naturally heated, naturally ventilated, buildings operating free of fossil fuels by Dr Jeremy Harrall RIBA of SEArch Architects.

This lecture will look at zero fossil fuel new build and retrofit in the UK, what the users think of them and how they perform. It will also show how the results are being used to influence UK policy.

Real Buildings, Real People, Real Data poster (PDF, 8.9 MB)

Philip Coxall - Design as Story

Date: 31 October 2012

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: LT1, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


Philip will discuss his own person journey in coming to terms with design and then review some of his firm’s major projects to illustrate how for him, design is very much built around story.

Raised in the Western Suburbs of Sydney Philip completed Horticulture at Ryde before travelling and working overseas for seven years. Philip returned to Australia and studied Landscape Architecture in Canberra. He then worked overseas for ten years in England and Asia and completed a solo bicycle ride from France to Gambia, West Africa. In 2000 Philip joined Adrian McGregor to form McGregor Coxall. McGregor Coxall are Urban Designers and Landscape Architects and are recognized for their innovative, environmentally based design solutions. The firm’s work has been recognized at both a national and international level. In 2009 McGregor Coxall were awarded the German based TOPO’s International Practice of the Year Award, the first non-European practice to receive it. In 2010 Philip was voted, by the Sydney Morning Herald, as one of Sydney’s 100 Most Significant People impacting on Sydney through his professional work.

Design as Story Poster (PDF, 536 KB)

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Tom Daniell - Just Looking: the origins of the Street Observation Society

Date: 31 October 2012

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: LT1, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


The Street Observation Society formed in 1986, out of the encounter between two singularly innovative and charismatic individuals: architectural historian Terunobu Fujimori and avant-garde artist Genpei Akasegawa. Together with a fluctuating group of friends and collaborators, they search the streets of Japan for moments of beauty and interest in everyday places and objects. They look but do not touch, merely photographing and naming their finds while leaving them for the rest of the world to rediscover or inadvertently destroy. This lecture will trace the development of the Street Observation Society, and contextualize it within a longer and broader Japanese lineage of fieldwork on the Japanese city, and associated research on material culture and everyday life.

Tom Daniell is Head of Architecture at the University of St Joseph in Macau, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Visiting Fellow at the RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Lab, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, and director of his own architectural practice. His books include FOBA: Buildings (2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (2010), and Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (2011).

Just Looking: the origins of the Street Observation Society (PDF, 566 KB)

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Fleur Palmer - Developing New Strategies for Maori Housing

Date: 30 October 2012

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: LT1, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


This paper considers the historical legacy of colonial and post colonial discrimination and social inequity associated with Muriwhenua tribes. It considers how the loss of resources such as land and forests has impacted on access affordable housing in the Far North. Through maps, I analyse the Treaty settlement for Te Rarawa in the township of Kaitaia. Maps demonstrate how the Treaty offer continues to maintain the status quo, by excluding Māori from the city centre, hindering access not only to affordable housing in the area, but to any equivalent and meaningful engagement in the local economy. In response to the prospect of continued spatial injustice, the paper considers a strategy to recolonise Kaitaia using decommissioned State owned housing stock. It also looks at a strategy to gain access to affordable housing in Kaitaia using relocatable homes.

Fleur Palmer is a senior lecturer of Spatial Design at Auckland University of Technology and president of the Auckland Architectural Association. She has practised in London and New Zealand and also taught at Auckland University School of Architecture. Fleur’s recent research is involved with investigating the implications of the Kainga Whenua programme in the development of sustainable housing for Māori communities. Fleur is of Te Rarawa and European descent.

Developing New Strategies for Māori Housing poster (PDF, 573 KB)

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Supporting Visual Interpretations in Design Computing

Date: 30 October 2012

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: VS220, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


Computational systems have become an essential element of modern design processes, but they are limited in the support that they provide designers. There is a fundamental mismatch between the constructive approach to understanding and exploring information that typifies design and the objective requirements of information representation and manipulation that underlies computation. Because of this, computers are often not used as aids in the creative stages of a design process, but instead are used to record and present the outcomes.

This lecture is concerned with one aspect of the mismatch between the requirements of designers and the capabilities of computers, the aspect of visual interpretation of shapes. Visual shape interpretation is fundamental to creative design exploration but is not adequately supported in computational tools. 

Iestyn Jowers is a post-doctoral researcher who is interested in understanding and computationally supporting designers’ visual interactions with the images and objects they use in their design processes.

Supporting Visual Interpretations in Design Computing poster (PDF, 56 KB)

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Architecture = Sustainable Exhibition and Public Seminars

Date: 23 October – 3 November 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro


The Architecture=Sustainable exhibition will give you an insight into top architecture projects in the Paris area, with famous architects conveying their understanding of architecture with the aim of achieving sustainable building.

Using 30 projects, the exhibition presents current and future measures and solutions to be applied at various levels. The 7 analytical criteria used to deconstruct these projects are based on the 80 European examples which are also presented in this exhibition.

Urbanization, material and spatial concepts, implementation, morphology, systems and performance allow visitors to gain an understanding of global environmental issues which places technical plans into an urban context taking the crowded city as its starting point for new projects.

During the exhibition, there will also be a series of seminars held with French and New Zealand architects discussing the vision of sustainable construction and architecture in both countries.

The first seminar, on Thursday 25 October, is on solar energy. It will feature Dr Justin Hodgkiss, Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Victoria and a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and Lionel Hirsch, from the French National Research Institute.

The second seminar, on Thursday 1 November, is on energy efficient buildings. It will feature Dr Michael Donn, Senior Lecturer in Human and Environmental Design at the Victoria University School of Architecture and Director of the Centre for Building Performance Research within the School, and Dr François Garde, Professor and Director of the Department of Sustainable Construction at the Faculty of Engineering ESIROI, University of Reunion Island.

The seminars begin with drinks at 5.30pm for a 6pm start and are being held at the School of Architecture on Ghuznee Street. Organisers of the exhibition and seminars include Alliance Française and the Embassy of France.

You can find more information here: http://french.co.nz/architecture-sustainable-exhibition-public-seminars/.

Architecture=Sustainable flyer (PDF, 965 KB)

Beth Diamond - Assemblage Urbanism: Teaching Tomorrow's Visionaries

Date: 25 September 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, LT1


Professor Beth Diamond is on the faculty of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan and teaches courses on landscape design, theory and history with an emphasis on the alternative narratives of indigenous peoples, minorities, working class populations and women.

Her research focuses on landscape as a visionary medium, the intersection of theory and art in the built environment, strategies for multicultural expression as a catalyst for urban infrastructure and the role of public space in democratic societies.

Download Beth Diamond's poster (PDF, 622 KB)

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The past is another country - Jason Whiteley

Date: 6 September 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: LT1, 139 Vivan Street, Te Aro, Wellington


Jason Whiteley is a New Zealand architect who worked for five years with Priztker-prize winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, before establishing his own studio in London in 2011.

Jason's lecture will present some of his recent works and projects in the light of buildings from the past which continue to exert an influence on his practice.

www.whiteleywhiteley.co.uk

The past is another country flyer (PDF, 3MB)

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Study at Vic Open Day

Date: 31 August 2012

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

Study at Vic Open Day for the Faculty of Architecture and Design starts at 9:30am at Te Aro Campus. Presentations will be given by academic staff about the study options the Faculty has to offer at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Please visit the Study at Vic Open Day website for more information.

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Variation valuations and extensions of time under NZS3910:2003

Date: 19 July 2012

Time: 5.15 pm

Venue: LT1, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington


The Wellington Branch of the NZIQS in conjunction with the Victoria University School of Architecture and Design presents: “Variation valuations and extensions of time under NZS3910:2003, key issues and drivers for change”

Time/Schedule:

  • 5.15pm Attendees to commence arrival, registration, networking opportunity with drinks and nibbles provided.
  • 6pm Peter Degerholm, Director of Calderglen Associates Ltd and member on the NZS:3910 review committee, opens the evening and will discuss the driver for change in a few key areas and advise on committee objectives and outcomes.
  • 6.20pm approx. Willy Vance CEO of NZIHT (New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology) and presenter on the popular course "Understanding NZS3910:2003 Conditions of Contract", talks about key issues with the standard and a host of other "hot" topics.
  • 8pm approx Question and Answer session begins.
  • 8.30pm Presentation ends

Admission/Cost: NZIQS Members and School of Architecture students Free of charge, All other attendees $5 Entry charge payable by Cash on arrival (No EFTPOS facility sorry).

For more information please visit the NZIQS website.

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"Intertwined Landscapes" Agence Radar Paysagistes, Sabrina Hiridjee

Date: 6 June 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro , Wellington


“Intertwined Landscapes” will develop ideas about the similarities which exist between scales and the processes by which different scales can be brought together.

A single "logical order" can be observed at different scales, from the unlimited scale of the imagination to the molecular movement of the biological world. The landscape architect has to fit his thoughts and design into this “logical order”. Scales are intricately interlinked by this universality. By understanding this concept, we understand that it is possible to respond to a context at any scale. It is an unfolding process. This is what will be developed through examples of Agence Radar Projects.

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Faculty of Architecture and Design Pre-Graduation Function

Date: 15 May 2012

Time: 4.00 pm

Venue: Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro , Wellington


The Faculty of Architecture and Design invite their graduands and three guests to join us for our pre-graduation function celebrating the achievements for our 2011 Graduating Class.

It will commence at 4.00pm in the Atrium of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington on Tuesday the 15th of May 2012.

This celebration will conclude by 5.00pm in time for the graduands, their families, friends and university staff to make their way to the Michael Fowler Centre to prepare for the graduation ceremony which commences at 6.00pm.

For catering purposes please RSVP to Amanda Chu at amanda.chu@vuw.ac.nz or (04) 463 6288 by Monday, 7th of May 2012.

For more information on graduation please visit the graduation website.

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Inaugural lecture—Professor Diane Brand

Date: 17 April 2012

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Hunter Council Chamber, Level 2, Hunter Building


At The Bay—New Zealand’s Coastal Urban Places

More development on the waterfronts of New Zealand‘s coastal towns could boost our economic growth and provide valuable public spaces for recreation, says Victoria University researcher Professor Diane Brand.

Professor Brand, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, will explore New Zealand‘s relationship with the coast and urban development potential in the land-sea edge at her inaugural professorial lecture at Victoria University on Tuesday 17 April.

"All New Zealanders live within 130km of our 18,000km coastline; the majority of our historically significant cities are ports; and we have an extensive exclusive economic zone. We have an opportunity to extend our development in terms of aquaculture or capturing tidal energy in our urban places too."

To demonstrate the opportunities where land and sea meet, or in the 'bluespace‘, as Professor Brand refers to the concept, she will create analogies between land and sea.

"We often think of the land and sea as divided and separate. Using places we‘re all familiar with, I‘ll explore opportunities for crossover by demonstrating how a space could look and has looked in the past. Wellington settler John Plimmer, for example, created the innovative Plimmer‘s Ark in the late 1800s—he turned a beached boat into a building that connected to Lambton Quay."

"There are many examples nationally and internationally that exemplify comfortable development in urban zones in a way that balances environmental considerations. My inaugural lecture will showcase how we can extend and develop these bluespace resources."

Professor Diane Brand is an architect and academic specialising in urban design, urban history and edge cities. She joined Victoria University in 2008 as Deputy Head of the School of Architecture, which she now leads as Dean.

RSVP by Friday 13 April by phoning (04) 463 1000 or email rsvp@vuw.ac.nz with ‘Brand’ in the subject line.

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Prof. David Alexander - What can we do about earthquakes?

Date: 16 April 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro (LT2)


Taking a systematic approach to seismic risk mitigation

David Alexander is the Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland.David Alexander is the Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

David will discuss the possible means of achieving risk reduction and resilience against earthquake disasters. He will outline the evolving nature of the resilience concept, which has at its root the concepts of participatory governance and livelihood protection. It then discusses the potential for saving human lives by greater utilisation of the evidence base derived from studies of earthquake epidemiology.  He will follow with a discussion of the particular seismic vulnerability of critical infrastructure, hospitals and schools, and the means of reducing it by planning and well-calculated intervention. Seismic risk management needs to be comprehensive and often neglects some important factors. Next he will discuss: the plight of minorities, the protection of cultural heritage, and the management of veterinary emergencies.  David will also discuss the requirements for viable recovery from earthquake disasters.

David Alexander Lecture Flyer (PDF, 262 KB)

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Harry Seidler: The Art of Collaboration - Vladimir Belogolovsky

Date: Date: 29th March 2012, Time: 5:30pm

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: LT1, School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

 

Harry Seidler: The Art of Collaboration illustrated lecture traces the life and work of Sydney architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), his key role in bringing Modernism and Bauhaus principles to Australia, identifies his distinctive architectural style, and reveals longlasting collaborations with leading creative figures of the 20th century.

Vladimir Belogolovsky, founder of the New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, organizes, curates, and designs architectural exhibitions worldwide.

Valdimir Belogolovsky Poster (PDF, 205 KB) 

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Professor Sue Anne Ware - Sunburnt: Landscape Architecture in Australia

Date: 21 March 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: LT1, School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

 

Professor Sue Anne Ware
RMIT University

In Australia over 80% of the population clings to coastal urban areas, however many of Australia’s iconic landscapes remain outside of where we live and practice landscape architecture. The tyranny of distance both between major settlements within Australia, and between our continent and other continents, plays a major role in the collective Australian spatial psyche.

Sunburnt: Landscape Architecture in Australia, is a collection of 18 contemporary Australian landscape architectural design projects from the last ten years. It began as a touring exhibition and evolved into a book publication. It highlights the profession and what it has been doing in the public realm over the past 10 years and in doing so how landscape architecture in Australia has evolved. The discrepancy between ideas about and the reality of Australia are played out through the selected landscape design projects.

These projects are setting the standards for future works and help to define trajectories for contemporary practice. The selected projects demonstrate a willingness to consider what is specific and unique to both their immediate site and the larger contemporary Australian landscape. In many cases they reflect upon socio-cultural identities and characterisations of Australianness.

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Jason Whiteley on Herzog & de Meuron

Date: 14 March 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: LT1, School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

 

Jason Whiteley is a New Zealand architect who worked for five years in Switzerland and New York City with renown Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Jason’s lecture will describe his experience designing and coordinating complex, high-profile buildings in New York, Sao Paulo, London and Doha.

Jason Whitely on Herzog & de Meuron (PDF, 1.1 MB)

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First-year Architecture and Building Science Orientation

Date: 29 February 2012

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro Campus, Wellington


View detailed information about First-year Architecture and Building Science Orientation on the Faculty of Architecture and Design website.

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Copenhagen: A metropolis for people

Date: 8–9 February 2012

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: LT1, School of Architecture, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

Copenhagen is internationally recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Vida Christeller is an architectural graduate from VUW based in Copenhagen. Vida is currently in Wellington and will present behind the scenes look at the process behind Copenhagen's urban design and architecture, how the city wants to develop in the future as well as some interesting projects and buildings.

5:30pm Drinks and 6:00pm Lecture

View the event flyer (PDF, 1043KB).

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Exhibitions and Performances

Between - a Master of Interior Architecture Exhibition

Date: 3 December 2014

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: re:SPACE Gallery, 176 Victoria Street, Wellington

A curated selection of the Master of Interior Architecture programmes 5th year thesis work. A journey through the varying scales and themes of Interior Architecture.

re.SPACE Gallery, 176 Victoria Street, Wellington.

 


CRIT week

Date: 28–31 October 2014

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro

Crit week is a significant public event in the VUW academic year.

A programme of reviews, exhibitions and public lectures showcases architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture studio projects from years 2-4. Students prepare carefully for these major presentations of their drawings, models, and electronic imagery.

Professional colleagues, whānau, family and friends are warmly invited.

 

Tuesday 28th: Keynote lecture Professor Kathryn Moore Seeing the bigger picture.

6 - 7pm, LT1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro.

Thursday 30th: Panel discussion We do not need licensing Interior Architecture Annual Programme Debate.

1 - 2pm, LT2, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro.

The panel includes:

Alan McCorkindale, Custance

Holly Beals, Weta Workshop, Candywhistle

John Daish, KebbellDaish

Nan O’Sullivan, SOD, Victoria University

Karn Henning-Hansen, Architect

Friday 31st:  End of year celebration.

5pm, Atrium,  Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro.

 

CRIT week 2014 full programme

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Public Lectures

A life in Architecture and urbanism in Canada

Date: 22 October 2014

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Vivian Street VSLT1 School of Architecture 139 Vivian Street Te Aro, Wellington

In this lecture, George Baird will deliver an account of the accomplishments across his career as a practitioner and as an author.

George Baird is a Toronto architect, academic and author.

He is the 2010 winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the 2012 winner of the Topaz Medallion, which is awarded by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to an individual architectural academic across North America for excellence in architectural education.

Baird is the co-editor of Meaning in Architecture; 1969, author of Alvar Aalto; 1970, The Space of Appearance; 1995, and Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography.

In October 2014 his Writings on Architecture and the City will be published by Artifice Books, London.

Refreshments from 5.30pm, lecture begins at 6pm.

Leon van Schaik: Design Practice Research

Date: 22 August 2013

Time: 5.30 pm

Leon van Schaik poster

Public Lecture: Leon van Schaik – Design Practice Research

This talk presents an overview by Leon van Schaik of the 25 year development of the RMIT PhD research program which focuses on research undertaken in practice.

Leon van Schaik begins with a set of questions concerning the veracity and techniques of research by designing, which inspired the genesis of the program and have continued to fuel its growth. He describes the continuing development of dynamic reflection models for creative practice research based on observations of work undertaken at RMIT and in other related practice-based research. This is a model for design research undertaken in the design studios of practices and for the role of the academy in facilitating and collectivizing that research.

Drinks from 5.30pm, Lecture from 6pm.

 

 

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