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ArchEngBuild Challenge

The ArchEngBuild Challenge is an intensive 3-day competition for New Zealand tertiary students studying architecture, engineering or construction management.

Welcome to ArchEngBuild, a competition that brings together New Zealand’s future industry leaders!

Nominations for 2024 are now open

Students are encouraged to self-nominate to take part in this intensive 3-day competition, bringing together 30 of the country’s best students in architecture, engineering and construction management.

The winning team will take home NZ$10,000!

If you are a final-year architecture, engineering or construction management student ready to take on a challenge of delivering a concept design in response to a challenging, future-focused project brief, nominate yourself here.


If you are a lecturer and want to nominate a student, please do so by emailing


Nominations open: Friday 1 March – Friday 26 April 2024

Location for competition: Christchurch, New Zealand
(If selected, all transport and accommodation costs are covered)

Event dates: Tuesday 2 July – Thursday 4 July 2024

The challenge

ArchEngBuild brings together New Zealand’s future industry leaders. Thirty of the country’s best architecture, engineering and construction management students take part in this intensive 3-day real-life client brief competition held this year in Christchurch.

They work together to deliver a concept design in response to a project brief. The project brief addresses issues faced by industry and allows the students to come up with creative and innovative solutions.

Students utilise their existing knowledge and draw on professional advice and resources made available to them at the event. During their studies, these students don’t usually get the chance to work with other disciplines. ArchEngBuild nurtures collaboration and innovation at the beginning of the careers of our future construction industry leaders.

The creativity and innovation the students bring always impresses the ArchEngBuild judges. Seeing how their teammates think and make decisions has made a real difference in past participants’ work lives. Their designs are also showcased at the awards evening, allowing current industry leaders within the sector to view and network with the students.

The teams’ mission is to enhance the environment of the host town or city while also demonstrating effective inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Event dates: Tuesday 2 July - Thursday 4 July 2024

Get involved

Challenge participants are selected from a pool of student self-nominations or nominations by representatives from tertiary education organisations (for example, heads of department or lecturers).

Learn more about what the ArchEngBuild Challenge involves:

Student self-nominations

Student self-nominations open on 1 March 2024.

Tertiary provider nominations

Student nominations close on Friday 26 April 2024.

Sponsors and supporters

ArchEngBuild is possible thanks to our sponsors and supporters from the building and construction industry, as well as tertiary education providers who teach architecture, engineering and building courses.

If you are interested in sponsoring or mentoring, please email


The ArchEngBuild Challenge is funded by the Building Research Levy.

ArchEngBuild is sponsored by: