Nigerian Students Shine in New Zealand’s ArchEngBuild 2024 Competition

The competition aims to foster innovation and provide practical solutions to real-world industry issues. Participants will be working in teams, and the winners will walk away with a grand prize of $10,000

Christchurch, New Zealand — Nigerian students Angela Odiete and Oludolapo Olanrewaju have been recognized among the top 30 students in the Architecture Engineering and Construction Management (AECM) sector in New Zealand.

Furthermore, the duo has distinguished themselves by securing a spot in the top 10 students in construction management across the country.


Their remarkable achievements have earned them an all-expenses-paid trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, where they will compete in the prestigious ArchEngBuild 2024 competition.

The ArchEngBuild competition is a three-day client brief challenge that brings together the brightest minds from New Zealand’s top tertiary institutions.

The competition aims to foster innovation and provide practical solutions to real-world industry issues. Participants will be working in teams, and the winners will walk away with a grand prize of $10,000.

“We are excited to announce the following 30 students have been selected to compete in the 2024 edition of ArchEngBuild,” the organizers, Brandz, announced on LinkedIn.

The students will be competing in teams to solve a significant building and construction challenge, underscoring the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the AECM sector.

The participants, hailing from nine tertiary institutions across Aotearoa, New Zealand, have converged in Ōtautahi Christchurch for this unique opportunity.


The institutions represented include the University of Canterbury, Unitec, The University of Auckland, Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, Auckland University of Technology, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec, and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

In preparation for the competition, the students have already engaged in several insightful activities. They have had the privilege of hearing from industry experts, which provided them with valuable knowledge and perspectives on current industry challenges and trends.

Additionally, they toured the Tūranga Central Library, an exemplar of modern architectural and engineering excellence, to inspire their upcoming projects.

Now hard at work in their respective teams, the students are addressing a real-world building and construction challenge. The competition not only tests their technical skills and creativity but also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration in tackling complex industry problems.

Angela Odiete and Oludolapo Olanrewaju’s selection and participation in this prestigious competition highlight the growing international presence and impact of Nigerian students in the global academic and professional landscape.

Their achievements reflect their dedication, hard work, and the quality of education they have received, both in Nigeria and New Zealand.

The ArchEngBuild competition serves as a platform for young professionals to showcase their talents, network with industry leaders, and gain practical experience that will be invaluable in their future careers.

As they work towards creating innovative solutions during the competition, these students are not only competing for the grand prize but also contributing to the advancement of the AECM sector.

The anticipation builds as the three-day challenge progresses, with all eyes on the innovative solutions that will emerge from this collaborative effort.

The winners of the ArchEngBuild 2024 competition will be announced at the conclusion of the event, and the winning team will be awarded the coveted $10,000 prize, marking the culmination of their hard work and ingenuity.

The accomplishments of Angela Odiete and Oludolapo Olanrewaju in reaching this stage are commendable, and their journey serves as an inspiration to other students aspiring to make a mark in the AECM industry.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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