Architectural Engineering


The Master of Architectural Engineering and the Postgraduate Certificate of Architectural Engineering are the first degrees of their kind in New Zealand that develop collaboration and technical skills, and where engineers and architects learn together.

Architectural engineering is growing internationally, driven in part by the competitive advantage that firms gain from better collaboration between building designers, contractors, investors and managers. It is also being driven by the need to improve the sustainability and affordability of buildings, which is best achieved by taking a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to design and construction.

Skills and knowledge of collaboration, holistic thinking, integrated design, and technical mastery in their discipline, are hallmarks of graduates of the Master of Architectural Engineering. The programme is a practice-focussed degree for students with engineering or architecture backgrounds who want to gain advanced work-ready building design skills. You will receive your Masters with one of the following endorsements:

  • Structural Engineering (August intake)
  • Integrated Building Design (February and August intake)
  • Building Services and Energy Engineering (not offered 2020 but to be confirmed for 2021)

Programme structure

The MArchEng consists of eight courses studied full-time over one year or part-time over 2-4 years. In Part I of the programme all students study two interdisciplinary courses: 

  • Whole Building Behaviour and Performance
  • Collaborative Design Studio

and two practice-focussed technical courses. In Part II of the programme all students take Integrated Building Design Project and three technical elective courses.

The PGCertArchEng consists of four courses that can be completed in six months of full-time study or up to 24 months of part-time study. All students study Whole Building Behaviour and Performance and Collaborative Design Studio and two technical elective courses.

Qualifications available


See all courses offered for Architectural Engineering.  An Architectural Engineering course is typically 6-8 weeks long with attendance at the University required only during workshops (typically 2-4 days in total for each course).

Entry requirements

A four-year bachelor with honours degree in a subject related to building design is the required entry qualification, but candidates with other degrees and/or suitable work experience will also be considered for admission to a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering with the right to transfer to the Master of Architectural Engineering if they perform well. Admission to the Structural Engineering and Building Services and Energy Engineering endorsements are restricted to candidates with a suitable Bachelor’s with honours degree in Engineering.


For all enquiries please contact:

Larry Bellamy

Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering
Director of Studies, Architectural Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E403

Giuseppe Loporcaro

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies, Architectural Engineering
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E311

Matthew Dudzik

Architect in Residence
Internal Phone: 90143