Architecture and design researchers

Browse our researchers working in architecture and design.

  • Prof Marc Aurel Schnabel

    Dean , Architecture and Design Faculty Office
    Research Areas:
    Virtual & Augmented Environments, Design Pedagogy, Virtual Design Studio, collaborative design, Social network learning, Multi-touch table-top, AR & VR Design Studios. Design communication & consultancy. Design Methodology, Parametric modelling, BIM & CIM, algorithmic design. Design Simulation, Urban & environment analysis/simulation, Urban form & thermal comfort, Traffic & urban design (UC-Win Road), BIM/CIM real-time simulation (FUZOR), Design Visualization. Architectural narratives, story tel
  • EProf George Baird

    Emeritus Professor - Building Science, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Specialist in building environmental science and services, and energy efficient design and operation of sustainable buildings. Research interest in building performance generally, with focus on the users’ perceptions of commercial and institutional buildings. In depth knowledge of the performance of buildings: energy performance, environmental performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, heating ventilating and air conditioning systems; plus the users’ perceptions of these.
  • AProf Andrew Charleson

    Associate Professor - Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Relationship between structure and architecture. Seismic design of buildings including those in developing countries.
  • Michael Donn

    A. Prof Building Environments, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Net Zero Energy buildings (http:\www.iea-shc.org/task40), daylight and natural ventilation in the workplace; urban wind comfort and safety; computer simulation of building aerodynamics, heating, cooling, acoustic and lighting performance; digital craft animation and building information management in 3D models of the built environment.
  • Michael Dudding

    Programme Director - Architecture History & Theory, Lecturer, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Architectural History (20th Century), Architectural History (New Zealand), Oral History, Architectural Photography
  • AProf Douglas Easterly

    Head of School, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Computer Graphics, Digital Storytelling, Drawing, Evolutionary Biology, Graphic Novels, Interaction Design, Mathematics, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
  • Morten Gjerde

    Deputy HOS; Senior Lecturer - Urban design, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Urban planning and design including long-term management of the built environment; Medium density housing - amenity & design outcomes; Uses of concrete in the built environment
  • AProf Leon Gurevitch

    Deputy Head of School, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Computer Generated Imaging, Media Theory, Advertising and Consumer Culture, Energy Futures, Design Sociology
  • Sam Kebbell

    Senior Lecturer - Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Connecting elements of everyday life to broader cultural propositions. Design led research, carried out by identifying contemporary instances of the everyday which are both particularly poignant to a specific architectural project and able to contribute to a broader proposition about the cultural context of that project.Habitats for creative people: their homes, workplaces, and meeting places.
  • Walter Langelaar

    Programme Director Media Design, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    media art; experimental design; computational aesthetics; software studies; hacktivism and hacker ethos; artistic research methods
  • Christina Mackay

    Senior Lecturer - Interior Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Sun-shading for UVR protection and skin cancer prevention, past and future interior joinery systems, re-generation of NZ heritage housing.
  • Prof. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury

    Head of School - Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Architectural history, 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Tim Miller

    Senior Lecturer - Industrial Design, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Furniture design, Industrial design, computer aided design, digital manufacturing, rapid prototyping
  • Anne Niemetz

    Senior Lecturer, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Audio-visual work, interactive installation, wearable technology, the convergence of design and technology, art and science.
  • Nan O'Sullivan

    Programme Director Culture + Context Design, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Interdisciplinary foundation education, Bauhaus pedagogy,New Zealand Architecture, Modernism, Material Culture
  • Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari

    Director of Undergraduate Programmes – Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Sustainable architecture, biomimicry, wellbeing, regenerative development, climate change
  • Dr Edgar Rodriguez

    Associate Professor, School of Design
    Research Areas:
    Design Research, User Behaviour, Design and Emotion, Design and Sustainability
  • Robin Skinner

    Senior Lecturer , School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Postcolonialism and architecture, nineteenth century discourse, New Zealand architecture, pacific architecture, design method.
  • Dr Geoff Thomas

    Senior Lecturer - Building Science, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Fire safety in buildings, fires after earthquakes, earthquake resistance of domestic dwelling foundations. Building Codes
  • Prof Brenda Vale

    Professorial Research Fellow, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Sustainable and zero energy building design, ecological footprinting, resilience and the built environment, prefabrication, history of toys related to architecture.
  • Dr Peter Wood

    Senior Lecturer - Architecture, School of Architecture
    Research Areas:
    Architectural theory, visual literacy and architecture, New Zealand architecture, architectural education, architectural drawing, the house.