Architecture and Urban Design international mentors

Meet our international mentors for Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Auckland.

Mentors

Yan Li

As an international student, I know how difficult it is to study overseas for the first time.

International mentor Yan Li

My name is Yan Li. I am studying architecture and I’m in my final year of the Master of Architecture (Professional) programme.

I enjoy working with creative people, and I am perpetually passionate about innovative design. My goal is to work in a large architectural firm to gain a variety of experiences.

As an international student, I know how difficult it is to study overseas for the first time. So this programme is an excellent opportunity for me to share my journey with new international students and to help them succeed.

The Creative Arts and Industries International Mentor Programme provides collaborative learning and creative workshops to students, which aims to create a community with various support. We also organise field trips and assist with job seeking.

Isaac Mui

To me, Architecture is the perfect culmination of aesthetic design and the craft of phenomenology combined with the pragmatism of logic and structure.

International mentor Isaac Mui

I’m Isaac Mui, a fifth year student doing my last year of the Masters of Architecture (Professional).

I decided to study architecture at an early age, ever since I was exposed to it in my graphics class in Intermediate and designed my own dream house for an assignment.

To me, Architecture is the perfect culmination of aesthetic design and the craft of phenomenology combined with the pragmatism of logic and structure. Therefore it’s a deeply interesting subject for me to undertake.

After my degree, I aim to pursue this interest through working at Architecture firms, and am  likely to go overseas to expand my field of view.

I have always wanted to help international and exchange students as I myself went on exchange overseas in the past and understand the struggles and hardships that they may face.

I wish to be someone that helps not only in the academic part of a new students life, but also their social and mental wellbeing.

Therefore, in addition to providing workshops and academic drop-in sessions to aid in the students’ academic degree, we also host field trips and events to allow students to connect with others, not just within their discipline, but with students in the wider university.

We’re always more than happy to talk and will provide any assistance to the best of our abilities.

I look forward to meeting you!

Anh Dung Ta

I love meeting people from different countries and learning more about different cultures, and I can't wait to meet all of you!

International mentor Anh Dung Ta

I gained my BA in architecture from Hanoi University of Civil Engineering (Vietnam), where I work as a full-time lecturer.

After completing my master’s degree with distinction at Newcastle University (England), I decided to take a step further in my academic career.

In August 2015, I began a PhD in Urban Design at the University of Auckland, and my research investigates the ongoing process of reterritorialisation activated by people in public spaces.

I love photography, travelling, meeting people from different countries and learning more about different cultures, and I can't wait to meet all of you!