Professional and international links

The School of Architecture and Planning has strong relationships with architecture and planning professional associations and communities. We have links with schools and institutions across the world, with exchange opportunities available.

MODOS Architecture Design Thesis Show
MODOS Architecture Design Thesis Show

Links with the professions

  • Strong links with the professional architecture community through the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).
  • Close links with the professional planning community through the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and its Council.
  • Many academic staff are members of the NZIA and NZPI, or equivalent professional bodies.
  • Professional associations are involved in the detailed accreditation of degree programmes in Architecture and Planning.
  • Architecture, Planning and Urban Design have a regular programme of guest speakers from the industry, through both the Fast Forward and the Future Proof lecture series.
  • Professional architects and planners make up a large percentage of the staff teaching our design courses, which provides students direct access to leading practitioners. They also provide critiques of work produced by students in the studio.
  • Through the Open Desk programme, Architecture students can apply to work in selected architectural practices during semester breaks.
  • Architecture students undertake internships with leading architectural practices such as Architectus, Jasmax, Stevens Lawson Architects, Pete Bossley Architects, Pattersons and Peddle Thorp Architects.
  • Planning students undertake internships with organisations like Beca, GHD, Hill Young Copper and the Auckland Council.

International links and exchanges

  • Affiliation with the World Planning Schools Congress, the World Society of Ekistics, UN Habitat and close association with several key schools of Planning in the United Kingdom and Australia.
  • The School is a member of the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture, and the Washington DC-based Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
  • The Master of Architecture (Professional) is recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.
  • Graduates from the School find employment in public and private practices throughout New Zealand and in many countries around the world, due to the international recognition given to our qualifications.
  • The School has engaged in a number of international exchange trips to fellow institutions in Vancouver, Portland, Sydney, Barcelona and China. Students often work on projects in a studio environment.
  • The 360 International programme gives students the opportunity to spend a semester or a year of study at one of more than 90 universities in 25 different countries. For more information, visit 360 International.
  • Other 360 International options may involve field trips, short courses or internships. The programme is available to both outbound students (Auckland students who wish to attend an overseas university on exchange) and inbound guest exchange students.