School of Architecture

Student Profiles – Interior Architecture

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Matthew Reid

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Master of Interior Architecture student

After a Victoria University representative came to talk to Matthew’s secondary school in New Plymouth, he was convinced Victoria was where he wanted to study Interior Architecture.

Matthew believes that the Interior Architecture programme has exceeded his expectations. He says that it has “been a lot of hard work, but has definitely been worth it”.

During his studies at Victoria, he has received a Summer Scholarship in his third year where he “produced a number of drawings for research that Daniel Brown (Interior Architecture Lecturer) was doing on Tombs in Milan”.

His advice to students considering postgraduate study is: “understanding how the University functions, as well as knowing the staff would be an advantage when doing Master’s … it will help in future job opportunities”.

Upon finishing his Master’s degree, Matthew intends to “get involved in Sport Architecture, designing stadiums and facilities for major sporting events around the world”.

“Wellington is a great city to be a student in. I have been here for four years and it keeps getting better. Always so much to see and do. There are definitely a number of hidden treasures in and around Wellington, such as areas along the coast around Shelly Bay, Island Bay and even out at Makara.”

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Ariana Pia

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Design project by Ariana

Master of Interior Architecture student
Te Rōpū Āwhina Mentor

After completing high school Ariana moved from Nelson to Wellington and began working in the Display department at Kirkcaldie & Stains creating window installations. After two years, she moved to Germany for 18 months before realising that she wanted to go to university.

“I was curious about the Architecture and Design School so I went and had a talk with someone helpful up at Kelburn Campus who took me through the degrees that I could take and gave me the information that I’d need. He encouraged me to go down to the Te Aro Campus and have a look around, regardless of the fact that it wasn’t an open day. I came down to have a look and there was an exhibition on covering all the disciplines. It inspired me,” she says.

“Being able to put my ideas into 3D forms always surprises me, and the amount that I’ve learnt without realising it. Getting to fifth year was a surprise. Every year I’ve always wondered whether I could do this project, this design, this essay because sometimes it seems like a lot of work to get through, but once I’ve found something within it that I’m passionate about then it gets easier,” she says.

Her advice to students considering doing postgraduate studies is to “make sure that what you’re considering for your thesis is something that you’re passionate about. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to design something but haven’t been able to do it during your studies then this is your opportunity. Do it and be prepared to work hard.”

“I’ve met some amazing and extremely talented people here who continue to inspire me to reach for my goals. Being a part of Te Rōpū Āwhina has opened a lot of doors for me; helping mentees shows me another perspective of my own work which I normally wouldn’t consider.”