Faculty of Architecture and Design

Orientation Information

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Campus Tours

Te Aro Campus tours will be available to help you familiarise yourself with the campus. These take approximately 30 minutes and leave from beside the stairwell on Level 1.

Tour times are:

  • Wednesday, 25 February from 12pm–1.30pm
  • Thursday, 26 February from 12pm–1.30pm.

Understanding the Timetable

The timetable is by 24 hour clock. The year is split into three trimesters.

These are displayed as follows:  

  • Trimester 1 (T1 or 1/3)
  • Trimester 2 (T2 or 2/3) 
  • Trimester 3 (A, AD or 3/3) Summer.

A= November to February (full semester)

AD= November to December (half semester)

The days are listed as follows:  

  • M – Monday
  • T – Tuesday
  • W – Wednesday
  • R – Thursday 
  • F – Friday

You will generally have courses in these locations: 

  • VS – Vivian Street Building
  • WIG – Wigan Street Building and
  • Some courses take place at Kelburn, it is important you check the timetable before heading to your first class.

Your first year courses have either studios, tutorials or sometimes both. after orientation you need to assign yourself to a studio stream. There will be multiple studio stream options to choose from, so it is important to choose a stream that works for you, especially if you are taking electives at other campuses.

Student Administration

Our student administration is part of the Faculty of Architecture and Design. The office is located on the ground floor of Te Aro Campus (on Vivian Street), directly opposite the entrance off Dunlop Terrace. Student enquiries are welcomed from 9:30am–4:00pm Monday through to Friday.

You can come see us with any questions you might have. Student Advisors are your first point of contact for things like admission requirements, degree planning, waitlisting, withdrawals, changing courses and transfer of credit from other tertiary institutions. They also deal with enrolment, organise exams and maintain student records. The advisors will provide administrative support throughout your studies. More information can be found on the Student Administration section of this website.

The Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) is also available for help with academic programmes and with any other issues which may prevent you from achieving your full potential at university. Appointments can be made with her at the Student Administration Office.

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Health and Safety Information

For your safety and those visiting the campus we have a set of Health and Safety guidelines that you should follow. The Faculty’s Health and Safety Handbook can be found on:

  • R Drive:/Student Health and Safety Information

First year workshop

The first year workshop is located on Level 0, Vivian Street Building. You will have access to this during your first year before gaining access to the main workshop in second year. It is open for the entire campus opening hours, for students to use the extraction and workbenches. However, machinery cannot be operated without a technician present. Please refer to the signage for technical staff normal working hours.


Building Access Information

Trimester One and Two Monday–Friday 7.30am–11.30pm
Weekends and Statutory Holidays 9.00am–11.30pm

Note: Check the front door signage for any changes as these are our official operating hours. The building is swipe card access after 5.00pm weekdays and during the weekend opening hours. More information can be found on the facilities section of this website.

Studio Rules Policy

Students are expected to maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness and tidiness in the studio as outlined in the Studio Rules Policy which is displayed in all studios.

Frequently Asked Questions

To find out information about frequently asked questions and for information on the New Student Orientation please visit the New Students website.


Te Rōpū Āwhina (Āwhina) is the on-campus whānau for Māori and Pacific students enrolled in degrees and majors within the eight Schools that comprise the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design (SEAD) at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). The goal (kaupapa) of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, architects and designers who will contribute to Māori and Pacific development and leadership. Please visit the Āwhina website for more information.

Plasma Screen

The plasma screen above reception in Te Aro Campus displays important information, dates, and events. Please view the plasma screen during the day for more information on orientation.

Free Sausage Sizzle

Wednesday 25 February and Thursday 26 February, outside the Faculty of Architecture and Design building entrance from 12.00pm. A free lunchtime sausage sizzle will be provided to keep your energy levels up.