Cultural Design Inspiration: Te Rangihīroa Field Trip

Year 11 Design and Visual Communication students recently explored the Māori-inspired design of Te Rangihīroa, the University of Otago’s new student hall of residence.

The college is named after Otago alumnus Te Rangihīroa (Sir Peter Buck), the first Māori medical graduate from a New Zealand university (1904).

Guided by former LPHS teacher Deirdre Cooper, they explored modern architecture inspired by cultural design concepts. The excursion offered insight into the significance of each architectural detail, from carved wooden panels to vibrant artworks, encouraging students to incorporate Māori culture into their own designs.


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