Architecture is about designing and erecting buildings and other structures.

Studying in this area involves learning about how to conceive of designs and to prepare plans using specialised software.

This includes learning about different architectural styles and architectural history.

Studying in this area usually includes studying math and physics and learning about engineering and building materials and technologies.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Roman architect Vitruvius wrote about architecture in the first century AD. According to him, a good building should be durable, useful and beautiful!

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Architect
  • Landscape architect
  • Interior designer
  • Designer
  • CAD (computer-aided design) technician
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Project manager
  • Building inspector
  • Construction industry consultant
  • Architectural historian
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


127% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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