The NZIOB is one of three Association Supporters of the annual ArchEngBuild Student Design Competition. The NZIOB’s role is to promote the competition to Construction Management Students, while Engineering NZ and NZIA are tasked with promoting ArchEngBuild to engineering and architecture students respectively. Each association also provides a member to be involved in the judging, while the NZIOB has taken the annual role of arranging the keynote speaker since ArchEng was expanded to ArchEngBuild in 2016.
 
For 2019, ArchEngBuild was held in Christchurch, with 30 top architecture, engineering and construction management students (ten from each discipline) from around the country, demonstrating that the future of New Zealand’s building industry is in good hands. In multi-disciplinary teams of three, competitors in the BRANZ-supported event designed solutions to a critical industry issue in just three days. For 2019, the competition brief was to facilitate a zero-carbon city through buildings that have a low environmental impact and promote zero-carbon building, design, and use.
 
The winning team comprised three Auckland students who were placed together on Day 1 of the competition (i.e. not entered as a team). The winning students were architectural student, Jacky Zheng (UoA School of Architecture), engineering student Tony Wang (UoA School of Engineering), and construction management student, Luke Thompson (Unitec). 

Unitec Associate Professor, Linda Kestle (FNZIOB) nominated Luke for a Construction Management position at ArchEngBuild. She described Luke as “someone with great communication skills, who loves a challenge, is professional and a fast learner”. Luke is completing the final year of his Bachelor of Construction while working fulltime with Maynard Marks.
 
The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Hon Megan Woods, who presented the winners with their award, said of ArchEngBuild: “bringing together New Zealand’s combined excellence in engineering, design and technology to achieve better outcomes for society, for the environment, and ultimately the economy, is a worthy project.”

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