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University of Auckland, The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, School of Architecture and Planning

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The University of Auckland (UoA) is New Zealand’s leading university and is the only one ranked among the world’s top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education World Rankings.  It is also New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution and is home to one third of the country’s top-ranked researchers. This offers students unparalleled opportunities to be taught and supervised by many of the very best academics in the country. UoA also has the largest graduate school in the country, the largest annual number of postgraduate research student completions and the highest level of research income.

The main campus is located in downtown Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. The student body of more than 40,000 includes 4,709 international students from over 93 different countries.  Internationalisation is a key strategic focus of the University, which is reflected by its active membership in several prestigious international networks including Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (which includes Tokyo University) and the Worldwide Universities Network. In addition, the University is a partner to UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Agency for Human Settlements, which demonstrates our commitment to global issues of urban sustainability – staff from the School of Architecture and Planning is play key roles internationally in the Habitat Partner University Network.

The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) is comprised of the School of Architecture and Planning, Elam School of Fine Arts, School of Music, the Dance Studies Programme and the Centre for New Zealand Art Research and Discovery. The faculty offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which reflects a commitment to inter- and trans-disciplinarity, collaboration and entrepreneurship. NICAI students have the opportunity to engage with leading scholars, as well as professional and creative practitioners in New Zealand, the wider Pacific and around the world. Our faculty enjoys relationships with a number of respected academic institutions and professional organisations, and many of our students participate in community-based events, international performances, competitions, and academic and professional conferences.

The School of Architecture and Planning is the oldest and largest school of architecture in New Zealand. It is a vibrant centre for advanced multidisciplinary study and research, attracting local and international researchers and high calibre students.

Staff and postgraduate students engage in scholarly debate about architecture, design and planning and, through research, foster new forms of practice and experimentation. The School has a strong philosophy of design through “making”, and design studios are central to its teaching. All students at the School of Architecture and Planning have access to leading edge digital design studios, fully equipped technical workshops, audio-visual equipment, computer labs and a drawing archive. The Architecture and Planning Library is a rich resource with a collection that include 45,000 monographs, over 1,500 journals, theses, maps, slides, article reprints, CDs and DVDs, architecture and planning databases and extensive online resources. The School runs a year-round program of public events, lectures and exhibitions, and in this regard is nationally the most dynamic organization in New Zealand’s architecture community.

Research within the school covers a diverse range of fields including theoretical, policy, design and practice-based aspects of architecture, planning and urban design: history/theory, sustainability, design, digital media, regional and urban policy, urban design and morphology, affordable housing, environmental law and governance. Our research is published in national and international academic journals, books and conference publications, and we also mount exhibitions of our creative work, within and outside New Zealand. The School has a particularly strong research stream around issues of sustainability. New Zealand's environmental safeguards and renewable energy resources make it an ideal country in which to study the application of sustainable design principles to a western lifestyle. Through the MArch in Sustainable Design and at PhD level, the School offers advanced studies of sustainable design in architecture, urban design and building performance. Current PhD topics include: “Post-occupancy Evaluation of “Green” Buildings in New Zealand” and “Sustainability of High-rise Buildings”.

The School includes three departments – architecture, urban design and planning – and offers an integrated program of courses from undergraduate bachelor degrees to doctoral programs. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Planning programs lead on to a range of masters degrees, including Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture (Sustainable Design), Master of Architecture (Professional) which leads on to professional accredition as a registered architect, Master of Urban Design, Master of Planning, and Master of Planning Practice. Suitably qualified candidates may enrol in the Schools doctoral program. For more information see:

Administrative Support for Incoming Students: The UoA International Office has 38 staff dedicated to internationalisation, through management of academic partnerships, student mobility, international student support and recruitment. The International Office meets new international students at the airport, assists with accommodation, provides social activities for doctoral students and their families, arranges regular events for international doctoral students and has a dedicated team of international student advisors to provide 24/7 pastoral care. An insurance officer works with new international students to ensure they and their families have adequate cover during their stay in NZ. Every month the School of Graduate Studies also offers a special induction programme for new doctoral students.

The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) has a team of international student advisors across the Schools who provide additional support services to students in the Faculty. To encourage networking and collaboration among NICAI doctoral students, we have established a Doctoral Events Committee to organise regular events and workshops. New international students at NICAI are matched with a buddy to provide peer support and access to social networks within the faculty.

Doctoral students are allocated their own office space, usually shared with another doctoral student. Computing equipment is provided, and all NICAI postgraduate students are allocated a generous account for internet access. Doctoral students have access to a fax machine, a telephone with local line, mail box/pigeon hole and a communal meeting space within the relevant School.

Cultural Preparation: The International Office runs an orientation programme at the start of each semester to help new international students adjust to life in Auckland, establish new networks, prepare for study and research, and learn about New Zealand. New students are officially welcomed to the University by the Vice-Chancellor in a traditional Maori welcome. All new doctoral students are offered assistance with academic English through a programme that provides targeted support to all students. In addition, the Student Learning Centre runs a peer support group for doctoral students with English as an Additional language (DEAL) as well as numerous workshops and programmes to enhance English language abilities. International students are also encouraged to make use of online self-directed services for EAL students.


Project Leader and Academic Leader (Architecture) - Prof. Barrie is a Professor of Design at the School of Architecture and Planning and will lead the AUSMIP+ project at the University Auckland. He has strong links with the University of Tokyo and speaks fluent Japanese. His research connections at Todai have led to The University of Auckland’s involvement in this proposal. Prof. Barrie is also the Associate Head of External Relations for the School and is very active in implementing new initiatives including a programme for hosting a high-profile International Architect in Residence each year, a student internship program within architecture offices, and strengthening the School’s engagement with the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). Andrew’s research focuses on architectural representation and contemporary architecture in New Zealand and Japan, particularly the structure-oriented designs of Toyo Ito and his ‘school’. Current research considers the application of a traditional Japanese modelling technique, okoshi-ezu, to recent buildings by contemporary Japanese architects. Academic Leader (Urban Design) - Prof. Haarhoff is the Deputy Head of School, Urban Design within the School of Architecture and Planning. Prof. Haarhoff will be the academic leader of the project for aspects of the programme related specifically to Urban Design. Errol’s research interests are focused on the history of urbanism, particularly early twentieth-century town planning, and urban design theory and practices in specific cultural settings including post-colonial South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India. He has previously undertaken housing and settlement research in Africa and the context of developing economies, and newer research is now focused on urban sustainability, urban development and housing in New Zealand. – CV attached.

Academic Leader (Planning) - Prof. Reeves is the Associate Dean (Research) for NICAI and was formerly the Academic Head of the Planning Programme. Dory’s research interests are urban sustainability from a social perspective; equality and diversity in urban planning; equality impact assessments; gender and urban planning; mainstreaming gender into urban planning; the profession of planning – what employers want in terms of planning management skills; and the role of partnerships. Dory is also the UN-HABITAT Focal Point at The University of Auckland. –

Project Manager – As International Development Manager at the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Ms Speedy oversees the internationalisation strategy for the faculty, including support of international students and development of partnerships with overseas institutions. Ms Speedy will be the key general staff member involved in the partnership, assisting with coordination of partners, support and development of students and general support of the project in conjunction with the academic leaders. CV attached.

Doctoral Advisor - Dr Julia Gatley is a senior lecturer in Architecture at the School and is also Associate Head Postgraduate – Architecture. In her role as doctoral advisor, she will provide support, advice and assistance to incoming doctoral students such as overseeing their logistical requirements, assisting them in finding an appropriate supervisor and screening initial Expressions of Interest within the School.

University of Auckland, The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, School of Architecture and Planning, local coordinator prof. Andrew Barrie,

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