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Why architecture matters

Five reasons why architects make an invaluable contribution to our culture and society

Great architecture enriches our lives physically, psychologically, spiritually and emotionally – and leaves a legacy for generations to come.

The buildings on this page are all exemplars of great architecture and have been recognised with Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Architecture Awards. Click through to find out more about each project.

Architecture builds stronger communities

Well-designed urban areas, public facilities and shared spaces improve wellbeing, boost social cohesion and and grow more resilient communities.

Architecture makes healthier homes

Architects use modern materials and innovative design principles to create homes that suit their landscape and climate, and enrich the lives of their inhabitants.

Architecture inspires

Architect-designed buildings that bring people together, such as theatres, places of worship and tertiary institutions, have the potential to uplift, inspire and imbue our towns and cities with unique identities.

Architecture endures

Good design produces homes and buildings that withstand the forces of nature, as well as the vagaries of changing tastes. Architects designed these buildings more than 25 years ago but they just improve with age.

Architecture builds a better future

By supplying our tamariki and rangatahi with modern, healthy, inspiring school buildings, we invest in their confidence, health and belief in themselves. Research demonstrates the link between high-quality learning environments and improved achievement. The ability of an architect to incorporate effective lighting, ventilation and temperature control into a building that is also fun, functional and inspiring is crucial to the success of a school.

Find out more

Follow these links to discover more about the power and value of architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand