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Waikato / Bay of Plenty

Festival of Architecture events in Tauranga and Hamilton

Victoria on the River, Edwards White Architects. Join Brian White and Grant Edwards, and property developer Matt Stark, to hear about the urban redevelopment of Hamilton.

Photo: Simon Wilson


Join a talk, take a building tour or even catch a movie in a Tauranga laneway. Check out the event listings below.

Download a copy of the programme here.



Saturday 22 September

Go behind the scenes of architecture studios in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to find out what architects do and how they do it. Great for students thinking of undertaking a career in architecture, anyone thinking of commissioning an architect, and anyone interested in understanding both the creative process of building design and the practicalities of getting a building actually built. Free. More details here. 
Download a map of open studios here. 


World PARK(ing) Day

Friday 21 September

11:00 - 14:00; Garden Place, Hamilton
World PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event aimed at raising awareness of the important role public open space plays in improving the quality of our lives. This year heaps of New Zealand architecture and design practices around the country will be colonising parking spaces with exhibitions and installations. Check one our near you! More information here.



Love our Laneways
11:00 - 20:00, 13 - 15 September
What happens when artists and architects take-over a CBD laneway and fill it with art, culture and personality? Groundswell has partnered with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Tauranga City Council to find out! This is an exciting, community-focused project which addresses notions of public and social space, sustainable design and material innovation. More information here.


Waikato and Bay of Plenty architecture exhibition
17:00 - 22:00, 14 - 23 September
Keep an eye out in Tauranga's CBD for your chance to see a night-time exhibition of regional architectural and urban design gems that have won New Zealand Institute of Architects' awards. 


Architecture and the built environment photography exhibition
Opening 14 September 18:30 - 20:30; Exhibition runs 14 - 21 September
The top photographs from the 'Architecture and the built environment that surrounds us' photo comp held in the lead up to this year's Festival (see below for entry details; the exhibition opening will also form part of the opening event for the Festival). More information here.



Laneway Design Competition
In the lead-up to this year's Festival, the Tauranga Groundswell Festival of Innovation and the New Zealand Institute of Architects joined forces to engage the city's design and arts community and City Council with a design competition for a temporary exhibition and activity space in a prominent city laneway. Come and have some fun in this exciting, community-focused space designed with themes of sustainable design and material innovation. See details of specific laneway events below. Grey Street laneway (between Ignition/Priority One and Post Office), Tauranga. More information here. Winners of the competition announced here.


Architecture and the built environment that surrounds us – photo competition
Architects are involved in shaping the world that surround us, they have the ability to influence the look and feel of the built environment, to enrich lives physically, psychologically and spiritually. The brief of this competition is 'Architecture and the built environment that surrounds us'. Interpret this however you will – the only catch is images must be taken in the Waikato region. More information here. 


Legotropolis Te Papa Tauranga: A Lego design competition
10:00 - 15:30, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August; Tauranga City Library
Have you ever wanted to design your own version of the Te Papa Tauranga CBD? Now is your chance – visit the central library on Saturday 22 or Sunday 23 August and realise your imagination in Lego. Be in to win a $50 Toyworld voucher! More information here.



CBD Treasures - Family Challenge
14 - 23 September; Tauranga
What do you know about the Tauranga CBD? Find out during this city exploration designed to test your architectural knowledge. Event in partnership with Sport Bay of Plenty, kindly sponsored by Hafele. Free. Registration required. More information here.


Architecture Walking Tour
12:15 - 13:00; 19 September; Corner of Victoria and Ward Streets; Hamilton
Join us and discover the story behind some of the historic buildings in Hamilton's central city. Free. Bookings required. More information here.

Open Doors
10:30 - 14:30; 22 September; Various venues, Tauranga
In collaboration with the Property Council of New Zealand, take the chance to step inside some of Tauranga's best new buildings. Free. Bookings required. More information here.


Daily activities  

Wednesday 12 September  

Interactive Workshop - Virtual Reality in Architecture
17:30 - 19:30; Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
Ignite invites you to take part in a curated tour of some local projects using a VR headset to enhance the experience. Free. Booking required. More information and bookings here.


Thursday 13 September 

Festival of Architecture Official Opening: An Urban Renewal Story
17:30 - 19:30; Tauranga Art Gallery
Architects Brian White and Grant Edwards (Edwards White Architects) will tell their stories about successfully renewing urban Hamilton sites. Booking required. Free. Book here.


Saturday 15 September 

Laneway Cinema Night
17:30 - 19:30; Grey Street laneway (between Ignition/Priority One and Post Office), Tauranga
"Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" is presented in this free screening. This documentary focuses on Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses and their epic battles for the right to the city in the 20th century. Free. Booking required. More details and bookings here.


Sunday 16 September

DHT Elms Tour (SOLD OUT)
11:00 - 12:30; The Elms, 15 Mission Street, Tauranga
Join presenter Gerry Hodgson and learn about the architectural history of The Elms (event includes talk, Devonshire tea and guided tour). Free. Limited places. Book here.  


Tuesday 18 September 

Urban Brainy Lunch
12:00 - 14:00, Ignite Architects, Tauranga
The Chamber of Commerce Brainy Lunch brings together Tauranga Business Leaders to explore thought and practice leadership on specific topics of interest. By invitation only. More information here.


Tūhono: of People and Place
17:30 - 19:30; Beca Tauranga, 32 Harrington Street, Tauranga
A panel discussion exploring how the CBD can speak to our heritage and develop our cultural values; a connecting of people and place. Booking required. Free. More information and bookings here.


Speed Date an Architect
16:30 - 18:30; Bill Gallagher Centre, Event Room 1, Hamilton
Enjoy a 10-minute mini-consultation with an architect! Bring your photos, plans and DIY disaster stories along to get the creative process started. Free. Bookings essential. Book here by September 12.


Wednesday 19 September 

SmartGrowth – SmartTalk (BOOKING FAST!)
17:30 – 19:00; Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
The western Bay of Plenty is one of the fastest growing regions in Aotearoa and we expect the population to reach 250,000 in the next 30 years. Come along to this popular "Smart Talk" and hear about opportunities and aspirations for the region. Free. Booking required. Book here. 

Pecha Kucha Hamilton
18:30 - 22:00; Bill Gallagher Centre, Event Room 1, Hamilton
Pecha Kucha Hamilton presents 'Volume 37' in conjunction with the Festival of Architecture. Expect great speakers with diverse enthusiasms. Tickets available at door. Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:30 start. More information here.


Thursday 20 September

How Eye 'C' – Vision for the Waikato Built Environment
17:30 - 18:30; Bill Gallagher Centre, Event Room 1, Wintec, Hamilton
A talk based on the future for the Waikato built environment from the perspectives of social development, commercial development, and urban design. Free. Booking required. More information and booking details here.

Thanks to our generous sponsors almost all Festival events in Tauranga and Hamilton are free.

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