Following the successful International Band Rotunda Architecture Ideas Competition in 2018, ADEDU and Te Auaha – WelTec are organizing Building Better Wellington, an Architecture Exhibition in April 2019. This is a great opportunity understand the new generation of local and international architects and designers who are positively transforming our capital city. They will not only show their works, but also give you valuable advice to make improve your homes or workplaces. We also have invited leading experts and researchers in the areas of sustainability, age-friendly design, construction management and quantity surveying who will share their valuable knowledge and experience with visitors.

In addition, during this two-week exhibition, the top ten design proposals from our International Architecture Ideas Competition to redesign the Band Rotunda will be presented to all Wellingtonians. Local architects and designers will share their visions and seek understand the public’s aspirations for the building.

Building Better Wellington is curated by Dr. Thu Phuong Truong from ADEDU and Dr. Minh Nguyen from the Wellington Institute of Technology. If you have questions about this exhibition, please email Dr. Thu Phuong Truong ( or Dr Minh Nguyen (


The 21st century has seen the emergence of many new directions in architecture. Many of these make superficial or decorative use of new technologies without considering user needs of environmental context. A select group of international architects and designers reject this approach and have worked to creatively redefine architectural traditions using advanced technologies. Their designs are imaginative, innovative and uplifting. At this exhibition, we will show you the work of these talented architects and designers.


In 2018, an international idea competition to redesign the Band Rotunda in Wellington had completed successfully with more than five hundreds registrations globally. The result of this competition was briefly covered by local media. However, this exhibition will be the first time that those creative solutions for the Band Rotunda will be presenting to the Wellingtonians. This is also the first time that local architects and planners will share their visions and opinion about what this building could change the future of the Oriental Bay area.

Come along and listen to architects and share your vision with us!


Unlike other architecture exhibitions, Building Better Wellington offers visitors an opportunity to meet experts in home design, construction management, energy efficiency, and age-friendly architecture. Practicing architects and engineers will be there to help you, as well as leading researchers from the Wellington Institute of Technology and the Open Polytechnic.

Given the limit of time and space, please email Dr Minh Nguyen ( to book a FREE individual consultation with an expert!


Building Better Wellington will be exhibited at Te Auaha, New Zealand Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon street, Wellington between the 15th and 28th of April 2019. The Gallery Space has excellent street exposure, and easy access from both Cuba and Dixon Streets. Special thanks to Ruth Anderson, Ashok Parbhu, Graham Carson, Annemarie Josey, Rebecca Davidson and Victoria Spackman, directors and managers at Whitireia and WelTec for your encouragement and support.


This exhibition is sponsored primarily by three tertiary institutions in New Zealand: the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland; the School of Architecture and Design, at Victoria University of Wellington; and the Wellington Institute of Technology. ADEDU also thanks individual donors who have supported us in making this exhibition possible.