Architecture and Planning

Melli Bank in Tehran, Iran by Jørn Utzon

Supervisor

Dr Farzaneh Haghighi

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI010

Completed in 1962, the Melli Bank in Tehran, University of Tehran branch, was built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon (1918-2008) and remains one of his under-researched projects.

Following the militarised modernisation and urban reforms enforced during the Pahlavis dynasty (1925 -1978), various commissions were awarded to several of modernism’s most polemical architects, including Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, James Stirling and Kenzo Tange. However, all of these commissions remained unbuilt due to the 1978 revolution and the following Iran-Iraq war. Utzon’s earlier design, however, was not only built, but after five decades, it still continues to serve its original purpose. This project aims to expand the limited literature on this neglected building.

Skills required

  • literature review
  • architectural analysis
  • high grades in HTC papers

New Materials in Modern Architecture

Supervisor

Dr Farzaneh Haghighi

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI011

This research is preparation and updating information for lectures in ARCHHTC 102 in 2020, a history course for first year undergraduate students. You will be assisting me to restructure a few lectures to highlight the importance of the new materials (Iron, steel, glass, concrete) in the  development of new types of buildings in modernist movement.

We will start with literature review compiling the most recent publication on this topic and will classify them in relation to a few concrete projects. Next step would be to study a few projects by masters of modern architecture in detail. 

Skills required

  • literature review
  • architectural analysis
  • high grades in HTC papers

Healthcare Design Research with Auckland DHB

Supervisor

Dr Kathy Waghorn

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI012

This is to continue from the inaugural Summer Research Scholarship with Ara Manawa, the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) Design Lab, which took place in 2018-19. As an active design lab based within Auckland Hospital, Ara Manawa champions the needs of users in the design of new spaces, services, experiences and products, ensuring the experiences and input of patients, whānau and staff are central throughout the design process. In 2018-19 University of Auckland design students carried out design research work with the lab, co-supervised by University architecture staff.

This is a unique opportunity to become engaged in a specialist design environment, learning new approaches while supporting an ongoing collaboration between the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning and Ara Manawa. The themes of the research will be developed with the ADHB in consultation with the supervisor. Students should feel comfortable working in a professional environment and be curious about design research methods and approaches. For a short description of one 2018-19 project see the Ara Manawa blog.

The Architectural Legacy of Dr John Dickson

Supervisor

Dr Andrew Douglas

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI016

Dr John Dickson taught at the School of Architecture and Planning from 1970 to 2002 and was the first recipient of a PhD from it in 1967. He had a significant impact on generations of graduates, designers and architects emerging from the School. He has left numerous unpublished study papers and a large collection of slides and lecture notes developed across his long career. This summer research project would involve digitalising and cataloguing materials related to these lectures. It would also entail undertaking background sourcing and researching for an expanded introduction authored by Andrew Douglas Lynda Simmons - both of the architecture department - to accompany a proposed digital print-copy publication of the three volumes comprising Dickson’s The Mastery of Space, study papers. These documents are in considerable demand but currently only exist as a library resource.

We have partial funding already for the digital publication via Matariki Editions (linked to the Interstices: journal of Architecture and Related Arts) and an advisory panel guiding its production (including Michael Milojevic/UoA, Sarah Treadwell/ex UoA, Michael Austin/UNITEC, Ron Brownson/Auckland City Gallery, Albert Refiti/AUT). It is intended that the digital publication, particularly, will make Dickson’s legacy more widely available and will catalyse renewed academic awareness and engagement in his thinking. In the context of the latter, a publication of essays critically evaluating Dickson’s contribution is further planned. The cataloguing and digitalising of Dickson’s lecture materials will greatly assist in the dissemination and awareness of his contribution and will contribute to research materials on which further critical appraisal can be based.

Skills

  • Interest in NZ architectural history and spatial understandings would be desirable.
  • Fluency with digitalisation would be helpful, although not essential.
  • An ordering sensibility and care with detail would also assist.

Venice Biennale 2020 Installation – Design Fabrication Research Assistant 1

Supervisor

Prof Andrew Barrie

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI018

A team from the School has been invited to contribute a timber pavilion to the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the most prestigious exhibition in global architecture. This scholarship project will involve contributing to preliminary research, developing design concepts, creating models and prototypes, assisting with detailed design and specification, and carrying out the fabrication of the final installation project.

The research output will be a full-scale structure to be exhibited at the Biennale. Solid digital modelling and drafting skills are a necessity, and experience with woodworking tools and/or the School’s digital milling equipment is an advantage. The structure will be shipped to Italy at the end of January, so the work project will run late November to late January. This student will work as a team with another Summer Scholarship student supervised by Dr Michael Davis.

Venice Biennale 2020 Installation – Design Fabrication Research Assistant 1

Supervisor

Dr Michael Davis

Discipline

Architecture and Planning

Project code: CAI019

A team from the School has been invited to contribute a timber pavilion to the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the most prestigious exhibition in global architecture. This scholarship project will involve contributing to preliminary research, developing design concepts, creating models and prototypes, assisting with detailed design and specification, and carrying out the fabrication of the final installation project.

The research output will be a full-scale structure to be exhibited at the Biennale. Solid digital modelling and drafting skills are a necessity, and experience with woodworking tools and/or the School’s digital milling equipment is an advantage. The structure will be shipped to Italy at the end of January, so the work project will run late November to late January. This student will work as a team with another Summer Scholarship student supervised by Prof Andrew Barrie.