While New Zealand architects are winning acclaim all over the world, our next generation of designers are proving themselves on a global stage. The University of Auckland recently announced six new masters degrees for Auckland architecture students, and now the capital city is getting involved.
Never one to be outshone, four students at the Wellington University School of Architecture have been nominated for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a home on the eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Seb Maher, Lydia Hamer, Tyler Harlen and Stephen Yiavasis are working closely with the Nka Foundation, and proving their talents on an international stage.
The pupils, who go by the name Shift Design, were praised for their innovative thinking as they used a rammed-earth technique to design their home. The design brief called for maximum use of natural resources as well as local labour to complete the challenge.
By focusing on rammed-earth architectural design, the nominated blueprint will show that sustainable building can be used effectively and safely across different parts of the world. Considering it's not a common practice in New Zealand, the nomination really shows the versatility and creativity in our budding architects and architectural designers.
They will now await the results as to which winning team will have their design built in north-east Tanzania come April 2016.