December 04, 2019
Jasmax backing architecture scholarship for Maori
The University of Auckland and architecture and design firm Jasmax have teamed up to offer a scholarship encouraging Māori and Pacific students to study architecture.
The scholarship is worth $5,000 a year for up to five years.
School of Architecture and Planning head Deidre Brown, who is the world’s first Māori professor of architecture, says Māori as the tangata whenua have an important role to play in the maintenance of the cultural landscape, including its architecture.
She says the school needs more Māori and Pacific students, to inform both the practice of architecture as well as research questions.
Research projects completed or underway through the school include Māori construction technologies, Māori architectural history, the spatialisation of racism, spatial planning for Pacific health, Māori and local governance.
Jasmax chief executive Sjoerd Post says Jasmax believes Te Tiriti o Waitangi offers a powerful opportunity to create architecture and design that is unique to Aotearoa.
Since 2015 Jasmax has had an in-house incubation unit, Waka Māia, to champion authentic cultural input into its projects.
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