A/Prof. Richard Tucker

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head Of School (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Archit. & Built Env.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Contact

Research interests

My approach towards higher education research is one guided by a firm belief in the efficacy of collaboration.  In an extremely competitive funding climate, which sees, for instance, the chance of ARC Discovery grant success at around 1 in 700 for researchers in the Built Environment Disciplines, there is a compelling need for the proposition of transdisciplinary outcomes using the interdisciplinary knowledge and methods of multidisciplinary research expertise. Thus, I have authored and formed research teams around assessment and teaching innovation with over 40 colleagues from seven academic institutions and a dozen industry partners. I have led numerous cross-faculty research projects on assessment practices with colleagues from the faculties of health, Arts and Education, and Business and Law. And in my roles as Associate Head of School (Research) and AHOS (Teaching & Learning) I have helped encourage and support interdisciplinary teaching and research approaches in a school that had become restricted by the boundaries of interdisciplinary silos. A passion for collaboration has not just informed whom I have worked with, but also what the focus of this work has been. For instance, my teaching and research has coalesced in the leadership of a recently completed Category 1 funded multi-institutional project on Teaching and Assessing Teamwork in the Design Disciplines. Effective assessment and learning in teamwork contexts has thus become the key aim of my teaching, informing a expertise increasingly relevant and valuable in a higher education environment where group learning is the almost ubiquitous result of ever growing cohorts.

I have been at the forefront of assessment research and innovation in my discipline area for approaching ten of years. This work has spanned a number of roles in projects that have had institutional and national influence: from the development of an on-line self-and-peer-assessment tool that is used to evaluate individual contributions to teamwork (SAPCA); to the ALTC funded project “Assessing Creativity: Strategies & Tools to support Teaching and Learning in Architecture & Design,” for which I was one of three principal investigators and the author of two chapters of the resulting book, to the recently completed OLT funded Innovation & Development project Enhancing and assessing group and team learning in architecture and related design contexts. I was project leader for this project, which has made recommendations for sector-wide changes to the assessment of teamwork in design learning. I am about to submit a further OLT application Ecologically Sustainable Design in Built Environment Education: Curricula Redesign for Multidisciplinary Learning. This project brings together Engineering with all the Built Environment disciplines, and has established a team of three higher education providers, one government body, two industry partners (leading multi-disciplinary design practices in Australia) and four professional/accrediting bodies. I have over 40 publications in the areas of assessment and design education. The following pages will elucidate how these and other related projects have informed the practices of my peers, as well as having contributed to outstanding teaching and learning contributions.

Teaching interests

Academic Career Synopsis: Through sustained evidence-based innovation and research, Richard has become an internationally recognised specialist (with approaching 50 publications) in the pedagogy of architectural design and related contexts; an area of education previously largely neglected by researchers. His work has involved substantial competitive grant-funded projects (ten investigations, funded for over $1 million) including six as project leader) that have enhanced learning satisfaction and outcomes for his students. For five years he has been in Teaching & Learning and then Research leadership roles in the school, a period that has coincided with dramatic improvements in school-wide SET scores and research outputs. His acknowledged teaching excellence lies in the area of innovation through research in the areas of: teamwork, multidisciplinary collaboration, assessment, studio-based problem-based learning, flexible delivery, environmental and ‘sustainable’ design, Work Integrated Learning (WiL) and universal design. Richard’s research has led to improvements in teamwork learning across the University, improvements in this area in other higher education institutions, and has been recognised through a Carrick citation and the WJC Banks Award as the most outstanding teacher at Deakin University in 2007. Richard was responsible for implementing a new model of WiL in his school, and also designed Self-and-Peer-Assessment software that has been used across faculties and other institutions.


In 2011, Richard became only the second teacher in the discipline of Architecture to be awarded the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence.

Units taught

Richard teaches design from 2nd year to fifth year, with a focus on sustainable design and the learning of teamwork skills.


He also teaching Building Environmental Studies, which focuses on passive solar design.

Expertise

Teamwork, multidisciplinary collaboration, assessment, studio-based problem-based learning, flexible delivery, ESD, Work Integrated Learning (WiL) and universal design. Research design, and quantitative analysis.

Research groups

Richard is leader of the the Built Environment Education research group at Deakin.

One of the most successful areas for research within the school over the last 10 years has been the discipline-based investigation of learning and teaching in the built environment subject communities of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape and Urban Planning. Researchers in the school have been leaders and investigators of Category 1 grant funded projects approaching a total value of nearly $1 million. Visit the Teaching Teamwork in Design website for more information.


Primary aims

    To support academics in enhancing the quality and effectiveness of their teaching
    To facilitate the identification, analysis and dissemination of information on good educational practices
    To stimulate and facilitate communication on innovative teaching
    Provide opportunities for staff development
    Advance discipline-based research on learning and teaching
    Promote stronger links between research, scholarship, teaching and practice

Method

The focus of the group is research carried out with rigor: empirical studies, quantitative or qualitative, investigating substantive data, and applying, examining, and extending methodology derived from educational research and research in other social science disciplines. Such studies aim to provide scholarly insights through methodological rigor and relevant and important results.
Application

The group aims to promote stronger links between academia and practice and to expand the international community of educators in the built environment. As a means for disseminating pedagogic knowledge throughout the community of educators, BEER thereby aims to provide a stronger intellectual basis for practice.

Membership

Two of the school’s academics have been awarded Carrick Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and one has received the highest level of teaching award in Australia - an ALTC (OLT) Teaching Excellence Award.

 

Associated staff

A Prof Richard Tucker

Prof David Jones

Prof Anthony Mills

Jeremy Ham

Susan Ang

Awards

2011 ALTC Teaching Excellence Award

2010 Deakin Commendation for Teaching Excellence
2010 F E Crowle Hansen and Yunken Australian Institute of Building Award for Excellence in Teaching – the top award for teachers in the Construction Management discipline.

2009 Deakin University Teaching Award

2007 Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2007 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
2007 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
2007 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions To Teaching and Learning - the Banks Award is the Deakin University Teacher of the Year.
 

Publications

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2017

Greenhouse affect : the relationship between the sustainable design of schools and children's environmental attitudes

P Izadpanahi, H Elkadi, R Tucker

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 901-918, Environmental education research, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Teaching teamwork in design: a framework for understanding effectiveness in student teams

R Tucker

(2017), pp. 1-27, Collaboration and student engagement in design education, Hershey Pa., B1

chapter

Prejudicial evaluation: bias in self-and-peer-assessments of teamwork contributions to design

R Tucker

(2017), pp. 76-104, Collaboration and student engagement in design education, Hershey Pa., B1

chapter

Conflict resolution in student teams: an exploration in the context of design education

R Tucker, A Mills, N Abbasi

(2017), pp. 105-124, Collaboration and student engagement in design education, Hershey P.a., B1

chapter

Re-casting terra nullius design-blindness: better teaching of Indigenous Knowledge and protocols in Australian architecture education

R Tucker, D Choy, S Heyes, G Revell, D Jones

(2017), pp. 1-20, International journal of technology and design education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Live green, think green: sustainable school architecture and children's environmental attitudes and behaviors

R Tucker, P Izadpanahi

(2017), pp. 209-216, Journal of environmental psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Colourful practice: is design education informing architects' use of colour?

R Tucker, B Motamed

(2017), pp. 1-17, International journal of technology and design education, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

White picket fences & other features of the suburban physical environment: correlates of neighbourhood attachment in 3 Australian low-density suburbs

Z Abass, R Tucker

(2017), pp. 1-10, Landscape and Urban Planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

Bad attitudes: why design students dislike teamwork

R Tucker, N Abbasi

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, Journal of learning design, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Overcoming barriers to the reuse of construction waste material in Australia: a review of the literature

J Park, R Tucker

(2016), pp. 1-10, International journal of construction management, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Educating for designing in and planning for country: Empowering built environment students with Indigenous protocols and knowledge

D Jones, D Low Choy, R Tucker, G Revell, S Heyes, S Bird

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 176-192, Journal of Australian Indigenous issues, Melbourne, Victoria, C1

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GEB (Children@School): a scale for measuring the impact of school design on children's general environmental behaviours

R Tucker, P Izadpanahi

(2016), pp. 1-5, AASA 2016: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference: Project to Practice; Innovating Architecture, University of Technology Sydney, N.S.W., E1

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Educating for design teamwork: what do students think of current teaching practice?

R Tucker, N Abbasi

(2016), pp. 1-5, AASA 2016: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference: Project to Practice; Innovating Architecture, University of Technology Sydney, N.S.W., E1

conference

The etymology of a colourful design language: How do we determine what informs architect's colour choices?

R Tucker, B Motamed

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 191-208, Art, design & communication in higher education, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal

Fifty shades of green: tree coverage and neighbourhood attachment in relation to social interaction in Australian suburbs

R Tucker, Z Abass

(2016), pp. 259-268, ASA 2016 : Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice : Proceedings of the 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Adelaide, South Australia, E1

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2015

The architecture of teamwork : examining relationships between teaching, assessment, student learning and satisfaction with creative design outcomes

R Tucker, N Abbasi

(2015), Vol. 11, pp. 405-422, Architectural engineering and design management, London, Eng., C1

journal

Colourful language: researching architects' knowledge and use of colour

B Motamed, R Tucker, M Grose

(2015), pp. 739-748, ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, Vic., E1

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Sustainable schools as pedagogical tools for environmental education

R Tucker, P Izadpanahi

(2015), pp. 75-84, ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, Vic., E1

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Planning for country: empowering built environment students with Indigenous protocols and knowledge

D Jones, D Low Choy, G Revell, S Heyes, R Tucker

(2015), pp. 1-10, ANZAPS 2015: Proceedings of the translating urban planning research and pedagogy in to practice 2015 conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1

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Learning a colourful language: investigating colour in architectural education

B Motamed, R Tucker, M Grose

(2015), pp. 1-16, ACUADS 2015 : Art and Design Education in the Global 24/7 : Proceedings of Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools 2015 Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, E1

conference
2014

Sex does not matter: gender bias and gender differences in peer assessments of contributions to group work

R Tucker

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 293-309, Assessment & evaluation in higher education, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Reverse Greening Australian landscape architecture education: charting an indigenous perspective on country respect and design

D Jones, D Low Choy, S Heyes, G Revell, R Tucker, H Meikle

(2014), pp. 1-21, IFLA 2014 : Proceedings for the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress, Kuching, Malaysia, E1

conference

Evaluation of University of Queensland Library Spaces: three case studies at St Lucia Campus

N Abbasi, R Tucker, K Fisher, R Gerrity

(2014), pp. 1-14, ALIA 2014 : Proceedings of the 2014 Australian Library and Information Association Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1

conference
2013

Group-work: does it have to be that bad?

A Williams, L Henry, R Tucker, N Abassi

(2013), pp. 1-10, AUBEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 38th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, E1

conference

Planning education and indigenous knowledge systems in Australia: where are we?

D Jones, D Low Choy, D Revell, S Heyes, R Tucker, H Meikle, C Davey

(2013), pp. 43-66, ANZAPS 2013 : Innovation in planning for cities and regions : proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1

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2012

By design : negotiating flexible learning in the built environment discipline

R Tucker, G Morris

(2012), Vol. 20, Research in learning technology, Jaerfaella, Sweden, C1

journal

Collaboration Down Under : investigating team learning in Australia in architecture and related design contexts

R Tucker

(2012), pp. 324-329, CICE 2012 : Proceedings of the Canada International Conference on Education, Ontario, Canada, E1

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Conceptualizing teamwork and group-work in architecture and related design disciplines

R Tucker, N Abbasi

(2012), pp. 1-8, ASA 2012 : Building on knowledge, theory and practice : Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Gold Coast, Queensland, E1

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2011

Anytime, anywhere, anyplace : articulating the meaning of flexible delivery in built environment education

R Tucker, G Morris

(2011), Vol. 42, pp. 904-915, British journal of educational technology, Oxford, U. K., C1

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The architecture of peer assessment : do academically successful design students make good team mates in design assignments?

R Tucker

(2011), Vol. 38, pp. 74-84, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, Abingdon, U. K., C1

journal

Teaching in practice : work integrated design learning and practice readiness for architecture students

R Tucker, H Elkadi

(2011), pp. 341-354, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Geelong, Vic., E1

conference

Urban ecologies at the edge : a case study

L Xu, R Tucker, H Elkadi

(2011), pp. 418-425, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Geelong, Vic., E1

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2009

Getting old and heading south: the academic success of Southerner learners in design cohorts

R Tucker

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 195-207, Higher education research and development, London, England, C1

journal

Designing, implementing and evaluating a self-and-peer assessment tool for e-learning environments

R Tucker, J Fermelis, S Palmer

(2009), pp. 170-194, E-learning technologies and evidence-based assessment approaches, Hershey, Pa., B1

chapter
2008

Learning style drift : correlation between built environment students' learning styles and the learning styles of their teachers

R Tucker

(2008), Vol. 3, pp. 68-79, Journal for education in the built environment, Cardiff, Wales, C1

journal

Morality and the orders : Inigo Jones's annotations on decorum in Scamozzi, Palladio and Serlio

R Tucker

(2008), pp. 1-19, SAHANZ 2008 : History in practice : 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, Australia, E1

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Self and peer assessment : development of an online tool for team assignments in business communication and architecture

J Fermelis, R Tucker

(2008), pp. 1-15, Proceedings of the 2008 Association for Business Communication Annual Convention : Strategic Business Communication: A Reflection of Critical Thinking in the Classroom and the Workplace, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, E1

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2007

The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment

R Tucker, S Ang

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Emirates journal for engineering research, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, C1

journal

Southern drift : the learning styles of first and third-year students of the built environment

R Tucker

(2007), Vol. 50, pp. 246-255, Architectural science review, London, England, C1

journal

How practice size impacts on the implementation and dissemination of post occupancy evaluation

T Woodroffe, R Tucker

(2007), pp. 286-292, Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: progress, practice, performance, people: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, Geelong, E1

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Online self-and-peer-assessment for teamwork in architecture and business communications

R Tucker, J Fermelis, S Palmer

(2007), pp. 264-271, ANZASCA 2007 : Proceedings of 41st annual conference. Towards solutions for a liveable future: progress, practice, performance, people., Geelong, E1

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How architects incorporate ESD criteria into the design process

J Buckton, R Tucker

(2007), pp. 31-38, ANZASCA 2007 : Proceedings of 41st annual conference. Towards solutions for a liveable future: progress, practice, performance, people., Geelong, Vic., E1

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Online self and peer assessment in large, multi-campus, multi-cohort contexts

J Fermelis, R Tucker, S Palmer

(2007), pp. 271-281, Ascilite 2007 : ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, Singapore, E1

conference

The impact of assessment modes on collaborative group design projects

R Tucker

(2007), pp. 214-227, Enhancing teaching and learning through assessment, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
2006

Teaching and learning in collaborative group design projects

R Tucker, J Rollo

(2006), Vol. 2, pp. 19-30, Architectural engineering and design management, London, England, C1

journal

The impact of teaching models, group structures and assessment modes on cooperative learning in the student design studio

R Tucker, C Reynolds

(2006), Vol. 1, pp. 39-56, Journal for education in the built environment, Cardiff, Wales, C1

journal

Southern drift: the learning styles of first and third year students of the built environment

R Tucker

(2006), pp. 294-301, ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association., Adelaide, Australia, E1

conference

The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment

R Tucker, S Ang

(2006), pp. 207-215, ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association., Adelaide, Australia, E1

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The need for a culturally inclusive andragogy for collaborative design learning

R Tucker, C Reynolds

(2006), pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the Australian University Building Educators Association Annual Conference 2006 : 31st Annual Conference, UTS, Sydney, Australia, E1

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2005

Fair assessment and blended learning in collaborative group design projects

R Tucker, J Rollo

(2005), pp. 117-123, Proceedings of the Blended Learning in Science, Teaching and Learning Symposium, Sydney, E1

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The development of innovative teaching methods, informed group structures and fair assessment models for the teaching of group design projects

R Tucker

(2005), pp. 1-9, AASA 2005 : Drawing together : convergent practices in architectural education, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of the Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia, Brisbane, Qld., E1

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Defuturing an architecture of destruction: a reconciliation of Van Berkel and Bos to the new design philosophy of Tony Fry

R Tucker, A Thonissen

(2005), pp. 1-7, Fabricating sustainability unofficial proceedings of the 39th Annual Architectural Association Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, E1

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Sustainable design education: teaching, learning and assessment in collaborative group design projects

R Tucker, J Rollo

(2005), pp. 1-8, Fabricating sustainability : unofficial proceedings of the 39th Annual Architectural Association Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, E1

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2004

Establishing best-practice principles for the teaching of group design projects

R Tucker

(2004), pp. 286-293, Contexts of architecture : proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA and the International Building Performance Simulation Association - Australasia, Launceston, Australia, E1

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2003

Cross-discipline collaboration and innovation in the design studio : drawing on the Bath model

R Tucker, J Rollo

(2003), pp. 1-9, Design + Research : project based research in architecture, Melbourne, E1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Re-Casting terra nullius blindness: Empowering Indigenous Protocols and Knowledge in Australian University Built Environment Education

Prof David Jones, A/Prof Richard Tucker

OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2016: $55,000
  • 2012: $165,000

Developing pedagogical solutions to linguistic and cultural barriers in design education supporting Asian architecture students

Dr Ning Gu, Dr Ju Hyun Lee, Prof Michael Ostwald, A/Prof Mark Taylor, A/Prof Jane Burry, A/Prof Richard Tucker, Prof Robin Drogemuller

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2016: $3,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Assessing Creativity: Strategies and Tools to support Teaching and Learning in Architecture and Design

A/Prof Anthony Williams, Prof Michael Ostwald, Mr Andrew Murray, A/Prof Mark Taylor, A/Prof Andrea Mina, A/Prof Richard Tucker, Louise Wallis

  • 2010: $2,500

Enhancing and Assessing Group and Team Learning in Architecture and Related Design Contexts

A/Prof Richard Tucker, A/Prof Anthony Williams, Prof Michael Ostwald, Prof Graham Thorpe, Louise Wallis

  • 2012: $112,171
  • 2011: $105,829

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Bahareh Motamed

Thesis entitled: Colourful Language: An inquiry into colour space and architectural choices

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment

2015

Parisa Izadpanahi

Thesis entitled: Green and not heard: The relationship between sustainably designed primary schools and children¿s environmental attitudes and behaviours

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment

Associate Supervisor
2017

Phillip Barend Roos

Thesis entitled: Regenerative-Adaptive Design for Coastal Settlements: A Pattern Language Approach to Future Resilience

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment

2016

Liyana Mohamed Yusof

Thesis entitled: Universal Design and Professional Practice Obligations in Malaysian Domestic Housing

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment

2010

Heidi Lee

Thesis entitled: Distraction and Interaction in Academic Workspaces

Master of Architecture, School of Architecture and Built Environment

2004

Robert Crawford

Thesis entitled: Using input-output Data in Life-cycle Inventory Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment