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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.

The challenge

Now in its tenth year, 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 Wellington.

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.

Dates: Tuesday 29th August – Thursday 31st August 2023

Being held at: Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation / Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa


The winning team receives a $7,500 prize, awarded at a prize-giving event at the end of the competition.

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 are now closed for 2023.

Tertiary provider nominations

Student nominations are now closed for 2023.

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: