Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Architecture General

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ARCHGEN 702
15 Points

Research Process

An introduction to the research process including: research paradigms and strategies, the identification of research topics and research questions, the review and critique of literature, research methodologies, the structuring of research theses and reports, referencing and the preparation of a bibliography. The focus of the course is on preparing students to undertake their own research projects.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 400, 700

ARCHGEN 703
15 Points

Design as Research

Examines the literature on, and approaches to, research by design. Considers research processes and architectural design processes, and the ways in which these processes might be creatively combined in the context of a Masters level design thesis, in order that the thesis process and outcomes might meet the expectations of a research-based thesis.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 300

ARCHGEN 711
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 710, 712-715

ARCHGEN 712
15 Points

Special Topic: Building the Case

Examines architectural argument, including the ways in which architects defend their position in an environment court, review a building in an architectural journal or debate the merits of heritage conservation in the mainstream media.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 710, 711, 713-715

ARCHGEN 713
15 Points

Special Topic: Contemporary Architectural Theory

Examines architectural theory from the 1970s to the present. As architectural theories morph from design paradigms to architecture’s relevance in culture to disciplinary autonomy to technological determinism, theory narratives adjust to changing political, economic and social conditions.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 710-712, 714, 715

ARCHGEN 714
15 Points

Special Topic: Invisible Histories

Examines class, gender and ethnicity in New Zealand architectural history. Develops research skills through a focus on selected historical figures, with the aim of retrieving some of those who are invisible within the accepted canon.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 710-713, 715

ARCHGEN 715
15 Points

Special Topic: Pacific Architecture

Examines architectural history and practice in the Pacific region from ancient sites to the present day. Explores design from all periods, with a view to informing future design through consideration of climate, culture, society, materials and economics.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 710-714

ARCHGEN 721
15 Points

Special Topic: Designing with Resilience Thinking

Examines resilience in the built environment, from reviewing the literature on resilience to analysing case studies and developing strategies to enhance resilience in architecture.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 720, 722-725

ARCHGEN 722
15 Points

Special Topic: Sustainability as the Driver for Creativity

Examines the key principles guiding sustainable design and the role of the construction industry in regards to climate change. Focuses on projects in which sustainability, energy efficiency and resilience are the drivers for creative design solutions.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 720, 721, 723-725

ARCHGEN 723
15 Points

Special Topic: Designing Regenerative Low Carbon Communities

Examines the ‘why’ and ‘how’ to retrofit and transform existing built form and infrastructure to deliver regenerative communities within the urban villages of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 720-722, 724, 725

ARCHGEN 724
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 720-723, 725

ARCHGEN 725
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 720-724

ARCHGEN 731
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 730, 732-735, URBDES 702

ARCHGEN 732
15 Points

Special Topic: From Public Art to Public Architecture

Examines contemporary theory and criticism in public art in order to develop a set of strategies for producing architecture that is more responsive to the ‘public sphere’ in which it is designed, built and continues to exist.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 730, 731, 733-735, URBDES 702

ARCHGEN 733
15 Points

Special Topic: Public Urban Space in the Contemporary City

Examines the role of public urban space in the city and how history, geography, culture, physical connections and architectural form contribute to its formation. Explores how contemporary cities are transforming their urban environments through design.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 730-732, 734-735, URBDES 702

ARCHGEN 734
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 730-733, 735, URBDES 702

ARCHGEN 735
15 Points

Special Topic

Restriction: ARCHGEN 730-734, URBDES 702

ARCHGEN 741
15 Points

Special Topic: Architectural Project Management

Examines the theory and practice of managing a building construction project. Explores advanced models of project organisation, procurement, construction contracts, time and cost management and efficient delivery methods.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740, 742-745

ARCHGEN 742
15 Points

Special Topic: Timber Technology

Students will build a small building (a shelter) in a group, and then design a second shelter, through concept plans, developed design plans and a scale model.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740, 741, 743-745

ARCHGEN 743
15 Points

Special Topic: Documenting the Intangible

Examines how architectural drawing conventions can communicate the intangible, including through drawing at the scale of 1:1.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740-742, 744, 745

ARCHGEN 744
15 Points

Special Topic: Marking Time

Explores temporality and how time is expressed in, about and through the medium of spatial practice and representation.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740-743, 745

ARCHGEN 745
15 Points

Special Topic: Tangible Data

Explores concepts for new conditions of buildings and cities, in which digital information can be given physical form and physical spatial appearance. Aims to make data ‘touchable’ in space.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740-744

ARCHGEN 750
15 Points

Heritage Processes

Examines heritage conservation legislation, policy, guidelines and processes. Includes international context as well as New Zealand laws and processes.

ARCHGEN 751
15 Points

Heritage Assessment and Conservation Planning

Examines the assessment of cultural heritage value and the use and preparation of conservation plans to guide heritage conservation work. Coursework comprises the researching and writing of a conservation plan.

ARCHGEN 752
15 Points

Conservation of Materials

Examines the theory and practice of conserving materials commonly found in heritage buildings and artefacts, including stone, brick, timber, concrete and steel.

ARCHGEN 753
15 Points

Diagnosis and Adaptation

Examines the investigation of existing building fabric, diagnosis of issues impacting upon the state of repair or the level of comfort, and the adaptation of heritage buildings, including strengthening, energy upgrading, reuse and the design of additions and alterations.

ARCHGEN 754
30 Points

Research Project

A research project in the field of heritage conservation which may include an internship. Placements and topics to be approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning.

Prerequisite: ARCHGEN 750, 751

ARCHGEN 790
30 Points

Research Project

Restriction: ARCHGEN 793, 795

ARCHGEN 793A
60 Points

ARCHGEN 793B
60 Points

Thesis

A study of research processes, together with a thesis involving a discourse on a topic approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning for the degree of Master of Architecture under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 795, 796, 797

To complete this course students must enrol in ARCHGEN 793 A and B

ARCHGEN 795A
45 Points

ARCHGEN 795B
45 Points

Thesis

A study of research processes, together with a thesis involving a discourse on a topic approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning for the degree of Master of Architecture under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

Restriction: ARCHGEN 793, 796, 797

To complete this course students must enrol in ARCHGEN 795 A and B

ARCHGEN 799
60 Points

ARCHGEN 799A
30 Points

ARCHGEN 799B
30 Points

Research Report

A report involving research and application in an architectural subject for the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture under the guidance of appointed supervisor on a topic approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning.

Prerequisite: ARCHGEN 700 or 702

Restriction: ARCHGEN 798

To complete this course students must enrol in ARCHGEN 799 A and B, or ARCHGEN 799

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