Four Futures Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Architecture and Planning, Exhibitions)

19 April 2018 - 14 December 2018

9am - 5pm

Venue: Level 6, School of Architecture and Planning

Location: Building 421, 26 Symonds Street, Auckland

Host: School of Architecture and Planning

Cost: This event is free and open to the public

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Each year, following end-of-year critssupervisors and School staff select twelve outstanding Master of Architecture (Professional) student thesis projects to be presented in a PechaKucha-style session. Four finalists are then chosen to deliver their work at the NZIA Student Design Awards (SDA), where they compete with the top four students from each of New Zealand’s architecture schools.

Four Futures displays the work of our 2017 NZIA Student Design Awards representatives; Lusitania Vete, 2017 NZIA Student Design Awards Winner; LiWen Choy, 2017 NZIA Student Design Awards Highly Commended; Mustafa Mora and Ayla Raymond-Roberts.

The exhibition is open to all from April until December, revealing great insights into the future of the next generation of architects and celebrating our students' success.


Ayla Raymond-Roberts | Muryo Jiyaku: A Forecast for the Future of the Detached House in Urban New Zealand

Now working as a Graduate Architect at Caaht Studio Architects in Auckland, Ayla's insightful study addresses the wastefulness and excess of established suburban housing models, and the need for dwellings to be designed to respond to the changing circumstances of their occupants.

Countering the assumption that higher-density built environments require high- or mid-rise construction, Ayla investigates alternative forms of detached dwellings with the potential to prevail in the interstitial spaces between existing suburban homes, and successfully cater to the needs of inhabitants at various life stages.

See Ayla's project on the MODOS website.

Ayla Raymond-Roberts
Image credit: NZIA

LiWen Choy | Architectonic of Loneliness: New Cinematics for Design and Representation

LiWen's project,The Architectonic of Loneliness was highly commended at the NZIA Student Design Awards in 2017. Employing a multi-dimensional narrative as the starting point for design exploration, LiWen storyboarded sophisticated sequences of events before applying a system of invented notations to transcribe phenomenological situations into architectural elements. 

In this compelling and sensitive filmic study, a wall becomes a texture of lust, a door transforms into the geometry of terror, windows are the surfaces of longing, and dining tables the extrusions of loneliness.

LiWen is now working as a Concept Designer at Weta Workshop in Wellington.

See LiWen's project on the MODOS website.

LiWen Choy
Image credit: NZIA

Lusitania Vete | Shifting Grounds: Conceptions of the Homeland and the Journey to Emergence

Lusitania Vete was named NZIA Student Design Awards Winner of 2017 for her speculative project portraying Tonga through projective lenses of cosmology, history, social reality and migratory memory.

Commended for impressive cultural exploration and site development, Shifting Grounds draws upon Tongan stories, traditions and histories to project how architecture can be used to stimulate progression and movement in both present-day and future Tonga. With a 'spatial richness' her imaginiative project resonantly captures both migrant experiences and an 'isolated maritime condition.'

See Lusitania's project on the MODOS website.

Lusitania Vete
Image credit: NZIA

Mustafa Mora | The Five-Thousand Year Line

Currently employed as Graduate Architect at Jose Gutierrez Ltd, Auckland. Mustafa's MArch (Professional) project was implemented using freehand and measured geometrical drawing techniques to propose a House of Wisdom for Qurna, a city at the confuence of the Tigra and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East.

The envisioned House of Wisdom is an open environment for the sharing of culture, history and knowledge, driven by Mustafa's 'desire to explore and connect with the culture of an ancient civilisation, and to assist in the revival of a war-damaged ecosystem.'

The Five Thousand Year Line is a compelling and passionate project symbolising the tragedy many regions in the Middle East have faced, including the displacement caused by marshland drainage under Saddam Hussein. The design aspires to be a beacon of hope for the region.

See Mustafa's project on the MODOS website.



Mustafa Mora
Image credit: NZIA