Architecture and design

Creativity, innovation and exploration are the strengths of our architecture and researchers who specialise in providing a practical focus to research.

Our architecture researchers lead projects in urban design, green and sustainable architecture, architectural theory and criticism, cultural influences in architecture, contemporary New Zealand architecture, lighting design and technology, concrete applications, earthquake resilient design, affordable design for Pacific communities, building performance, construction and project management, energy efficiency and rooftop apartment design.

Researchers from throughout the University collaborate with architecture researchers on interdisciplinary projects on the economics of sustainability, landscape planning and design, urban resilience, post-disaster design responses, Latin American architecture and on award-winning design projects and installations in New Zealand and abroad.

Our design school has an emerging and vibrant research culture, with individual and group research projects covering topics in design and culture, design history, design led futures, digital fabrication, physical computing and wearable technologies, game design and theory, interaction design, human factors in design research and live theory.

Our researchers are working with Victoria’s engineering and computer science researchers and internationally acknowledged industry partners Weta Digital, Sidhe and Unlimited Realities to build expertise in computer graphics.


Reinforced Adobe Buildings Could Save Lives

An innovative new building technique, designed by Victoria University seismic engineer Andrew Charleson, could save the lives of millions of people living in adobe brick houses.

Charleson, an Associate Professor from the School of Architecture, has developed a technique that uses rubber straps spiral-cut from used tyre treads.

Hidden Messages in Artwork Acknowledge Iraqi Deaths

An artwork protesting against the deaths of Iraqi civilian casualties, devised by a Victoria University academic and his US collaborator, is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The work consists of a large stack of seemingly innocuous yellow notepads. However, the lines of each page, when magnified, reveal micro-printed text listing all Iraqi civilian casualties since 2003.

3D printing rebuilds the future

It might sound far-fetched, but Ross Stevens believes creating things like jewellery and furniture with the click of a mouse will be as normal to the next generation as using a mobile phone is to the current one.

Innovative student projects

Made by students to showcase their innovative work, a group of videos have been viewed by hundreds of thousands around the world.