Designing a Liberal Arts University in New Zealand

Designing a Liberal Arts University in New Zealand

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The complete absence of any liberal-arts style education makes the New Zealand tertiary education sector unique in the English speaking world. A liberal arts education aims at an intersection of science with literature and knowledge with persuasion. It is a solid, balanced education at a bachelor’s level. The benefits of a well-rounded education are well known, and written about extensively. The architectural problem is “If a liberal arts college were to exist in New Zealand, how can its campus best be designed to encourage this well-rounded education?” Developing a strong sense of community, both within and outside the college, lies at the heart of the liberal arts philosophy. With a strong, diverse community, differing perspectives can be synthesized into a common understanding, based on unchanging, fundamental principles. The design of the campus is instrumental in developing this sense of community. This happens on many scales: the urban design of the campus, the relationships between the building's functions, sizes, movements and sight lines and the planning and form of of the buildings themselves (materiality, size, orientation, detailing).
Cecil Peak Campus, University of Auckland, Queenstown, New Zealand