Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments

Study the Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments, and learn to prepare and present building design projects of varying scales and complexity.

Architecture focuses on the relationship between people and their environments. Study architecture at AUT and gain an understanding of the critical, ethical, aesthetic, social cultural and technological components of architecture and the design of sustainable future environments.

You’ll develop a critical approach to architectural design, become familiar with architectural history and contemporary architecture practice, and learn to apply Te Aranga Māori design principles to your work.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Art History, Technology, Visual Arts

Throughout your studies, you’ll be based in the studio, a great environment to share ideas, collaborate with your classmates and develop your ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and diverse cultural settings.

Year 1

This year introduces you to architecture as a discipline and Te Aranga Māori design principles. Papers cover architecture methodologies, tools and skillsets, including mapping, scaling, drawing, diagramming, coding and modelling, as well as technical knowledge and material fabrication. You’ll apply your skills through a series of design projects.

Papers you complete this year:

  • Wānanga Design Studio I
  • Wānanga Design Studio II
  • Architectural Intelligence I
  • Architectural Communication
  • Architectural Technologies I

Year 2

Your second year focuses on the social context of architecture, and designing for individuals and communities in future environments.

You build on your knowledge of Te Aranga Māori design principles, and the concept of mauri ora (a state of wellbeing or living well) and notions of eudemonia (the good life), to explore historical and emerging conceptions of home and housing. You’ll also explore wider urban, civic or work-based interactions.

Papers you complete this year:

  • Wānanga Design Studio III
  • Wānanga Design Studio IV
  • Architectural Intelligence II
  • Architectural Technologies II

Year 3

Explore the overlap between architectural and entrepreneurial thinking as strategies for working in uncertain contexts, and the impact of innovation, computational intelligence, emerging technologies and integrated systems on architecture.

In your second semester you develop a proposal for a building of medium to large scale and complexity.

Papers you complete this year:

  • Wānanga Design Studio V
  • Wānanga Design Studio VI
  • Architectural Intelligence III
  • Architectural Technologies III
  • Plus one elective paper

Minors and electives

As part of your degree, you can study a minor or elective papers from another AUT degree, enabling you to pursue an area of interest from a wide range of subjects.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

To become a registered architect, you need a three-year bachelor’s degree, a two-year Master of Architecture (Professional) and two years (3,300 hours) of professional practice under the supervision of a registered practising architect.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments will enable students to apply for entry into the Master of Architecture (Professional), which is designed to meet the competency requirements for professional registration as an architect in New Zealand and Australia.

Students who choose not to proceed to the Master of Architecture (Professional) can go into a range of other creative and design-based industries, related professions, public service organisations or other postgraduate studies.

Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time
City Campus

24 Feb 2020

  • This programme will be offered for the first time in 2020. Fees are not yet available.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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