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Mr James Coulson

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Archit. & Built Env.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 52278318 +61 3 52278318



  • Bachelor of Architecture, Deakin University, 1982
  • Master of Architecture, Deakin University, 2006


Architects Registration Board of Victoria


Teaching Interests


Project Documentation

Construction Technology

Design Research


Research interests

1. Renewable materials in sustainable construction

Renewable materials do not deplete the earth's resources and contribute to a sustainable approach to construction. The density of use in practise is currently limited to well known materials such as timber. This range can be expanded with further research into the application of other renewable materials.

2. Implicit knowledge analysis in architectural communication

Architectural language is expressed as explicit information that summarises critical decisions It also efficiently incorporates implicit information that can be inferred by competent communicants as embedded professional knowledge that anticipates and relies on subsequent information as part of the total information flow required for a building’s life cycle from inception to destruction.

3. Relating project specific information and professional knowledge

A system study of selected phenomena of project specific information (PSI) revealed the purposes and critical elements of information and related them to elements of a professional knowledge base. The Project Specific Information model articulates distinct information integrities (intellectual, contextual, structural and spatial) that support the knowledge-based decision-making processes controlling information quality in architectural projects.

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de Jong, U., Fuller, R., Esteban, Y., Ang, S. and Coulson, J. 2013, Evaluation of housing developments for sustainability using a multi-criteria approach, in AHRC 2013 : Housing the needs of diverse populations : Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, [Curtin University], [Fremantle, W. A.], pp. 1-18.


Esteban, Y., Ang, S., Coulson, J., Mellersh-Lucas, S., de Jong, U. and Fuller, R. (2011) A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing, in Hyde, R.; Hayman, S. and Cabrera D. (eds), ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, pp. 1-8, ANZAScA, Sydney, N.S.W.

Elkadi, Hisham, Xu, Leilei and Coulson, James (2011) Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, in Elkadi, Hisham; Xu, Leilei and Coulson, James (eds), Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building, Geelong, Vic.

Coulson, J. R. and Fuller, R. J. (2009) Use of renewable building materials in residential construction : a review, in Loo, Stephen; Nolan, Gregory; Sequeira, Sabrina and Soriano, Florence (eds), ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment | Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania, pp. 1-8, ANZAScA, Launceston.

Coulson, James, Fermelis, Jan, Marshall, Alan and McElvaney, John (2008) Group Assignments, Deakin Institute of Teaching and Learning conference 2008: Enhancing Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience at Deakin: Principles, Strategies and Practices, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.

Coulson, James, Schwede, Dirk and Tucker, Richard (2007) Towards solutions for a liveable future: progress, practice, performance, people: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, in Coulson, James; Schwede, Dirk and Tucker, Richard (eds), Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.

Luther, Mark, Altomonte, Sergio and Coulson, James (2006) Towards a renewable adaptive recyclable and environmental architecture, in Shannon, Susan; Soebarto, Veronica and Williamson, Terry (eds), ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association., pp. 270-278, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Adelaide and Architectural Science Association, Adelaide, S. Aust.

Coulson, James and Rollo, John (2002) Deakin fourth year design, Architect Victoria, pp. 17-20, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Melbourne, Vic.

Coulson, James (2002) Architectural information: a model of critical elements relating project specific information and knowledge, in Luther, Mark (eds), Modern practice of architectural science : from pedagogy to andragogy? : proceedings of the 36th conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, Geelong, 1st to 4th November, 2002., pp. 85-92, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.

Burry, Mark, Coulson, James, Preston, Julieanna and Rutherford, Earl (2001) Computer-aided design decision support: interfacing knowledge and information, Automation in construction, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 203-215, Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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