Faculty of Engineering

Faculty history

The University of Auckland first began offering engineering subjects in 1905. In 1948 the School of Engineering was moved from the city centre to Ardmore where it remained as a fully residential school until the late 1960s. In 1969 the school moved to its current premises at 20 Symonds Street.

The Faculty of Engineering today has grown to over 5,000 students - our undergraduate Part I intake is over 800 students every year and continues to grow. We have over 500 postgraduate students in both research and taught programmes, many based at our new campus at Newmarket on the old site of the Lion Breweries. 

Since the development and opening of the Newmarket Campus research activities based there include Electrical and Computer Systems, the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, the NZ Product Accelerator, Civil Engineering and much more.  These leading edge research facilities are paving the way for innovation and research excellence across many of our engineering disciplines. 

A new phase of the faculty history will be written in the coming months as construction commences on a new 11 storey purpose built Engineering faculty, on the same site as Building 403/404 which will be demolished in 2017 to make way for the new Building 405. This is an exciting chapter of our evolving role as New Zealands premier Engineering faculty. 

Research continues to be a key activity of the school with the recent development of large scale research activities and collaborations with other schools and industry. Of course the provision of a comprehensive learning environment remains our core activity.

Our vision continues to encompass both learning and research excellence as well as producing excellent graduates who are well equipped to make a significant impact on the world around them. The student experience they gain at our faculty will shape not only their success and the success of others. 

We are proud of our history and even prouder of the future impact we are creating.