Auckland University of Technology International Professional Practice
International Professional Practice is an Auckland University of Technology architecture programme that gives New Zealand students the opportunity to learn about architecture in Latin America.
In 2019, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) architecture programme introduced a study tour paper called International Professional Practice. The paper aims to give third-year Bachelor students an intensive learning experience alongside students in another country. The paper covers international professional practice and how to work with others across disciplines to solve complex problems.
Recognising the relevance of Latin America to New Zealand, AUT chose to focus the paper on this region, and Chile in particular. The paper equips students with Spanish-language skills, through formal and informal activities, including interacting with Chilean students. It also develops students' understanding of Latin American culture, social and economic development patterns, principal cities, and urban dynamics. By offering this paper, AUT expects its future architects will not only become global citizens, but will also stay connected with Chile and seek new opportunities there.
By spending one month in Chile, the students develop a deeper understanding of different parts of the country. These include the Valparaíso region; Temuco (capital of the Araucanía region), which has a concentrated indigenous population and geographical similarities to New Zealand); Pucón (a small town in the Araucanía region); and Santiago.
Ten students took the study tour paper in 2019, and were accompanied by two academics, one teaching assistant and two professional architects. The paper will be offered again in 2024, after which AUT intends to run it annually.
The 2019 study tour paper was supported by Education New Zealand and the Prime Minister's Scholarship.
Published 02 November 2023
"The trip to Chile, and the time I spent with an amazing group of students and tutors, was an experience I will never forget. It will continue to influence my professional development as a practising architect."
Launched in 2019
Daphne Bormann Parada. 4 May 2023. Universidad de la Frontera and Auckland University of Technology Strengthen Partnership Through Different Activities in the La Araucanía Region. Universidad de La Frontera.
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