The ArchEngBuild Challenge is an intensive three-day competition for New Zealand tertiary students held in a host city or town in July each year. The event is now in its seventh year.
The Challenge involves around 30 of New Zealand’s top final-year students in architecture, engineering and construction management from numerous academic institutions. Students collaborate in 10 teams over three days to respond to one real-life client brief.
Students work in teams of three (one from each discipline). The teams’ mission is to design to a brief aiming to enhance the environment for the host centre, while also demonstrating the importance of effective interdisciplinary collaboration. Such collaboration and teamwork are key to producing a better built environment in the real world.
Students self-nominate or are nominated by tertiary education organisation representatives (e.g. Head of Department, lecturers).
The ArchEngBuild Challenge is funded by BRANZ and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) and the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB). Now, in its seventh year, the event was originally conceived by the Concrete New Zealand (CNZ).
ArchEngBuild attracts a broad sponsor and supporter base from the building and construction industry and tertiary education providers who teach architecture, engineering and/or building courses.