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The School of Architecture and Built Environment operates at the intersection of art, design, technology, and environmental science and through the development of permeable multidisciplinary frameworks of teaching and research, the School engages with the emerging built environment societal challenges of contemporary diverse, networked and ecologically fragile environments by developing the creative and professional expertise required to create innovative and sustainable environments.
The School of Architecture and Built Environment had its genesis in the Gordon Institute of Technology in 1887 and has been part of Deakin University since 1977.
Over one thousand students now enrol in the School's courses. Students study on-campus, off-campus and online. They are supported by 40 full time and sessional staff plus part time staff in practice.
Our courses are well designed and the units fully integrated, taking advantage of the opportunity for students of architecture and construction management to work together in many subjects. This is particularly so in the combined degree. A keen understanding of each others' areas of endeavour is fundamental to excellent professional working relationships in future practice.
Our courses are examined regularly by key professional groups (i.e. RAIA, RICS, AACA, ARBV, AIB, AIQS, CIOB, BCV, FMA) and the University itself.
Students study the Architecture Practice Experience component in international as well as national practices and we constantly monitor our courses to ensure their success in the workplace. Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment students are knowledgeable, skilled and great team players and are therefore highly sought after.
We are a leading Bentley Systems software user. Our teaching is first class with many prize-winning and innovative lecturers who have developed teaching models specific to architecture and construction management learning, including e-learning support through Deakin Studies Online, experiential teaching strategies and a collaborative problem solving.
The School's considerable research activity has been recognised by peer review with the award of ARC and STI grants for projects in various fields. The number of refereed publications produced in the School is also high.
Several School staff have been rewarded with prizes for their hard work and dedication, including the F E Crowle Award for Teaching Excellence, the AIB Young Achiever of the Year Award, the AIQS Chapter President's Gold Medal, Vice Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, and highly sought-after Carrick awards for innovative tertiary teaching.
While our students also frequently win awards, two in particular have distinguished themselves in high places, winning the (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) Gates Scholarship to complete a Doctoral candidature at Cambridge University and having work acquired into the Centre Pompidou permanent exhibition after being exhibited earlier at the Venice Biennale.
The School is one of four in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and enjoys a single campus location. We are located in a beautiful, award-winning building with the highest standard of facilities, including computer laboratories and software, Virtual Laboratory, Rapid Prototyping Lab, Building Performance Lab, well equipped workshop and large modern studio. Architecture and Construction Management are well served by the library located on the floor below. Staff are friendly and helpful and students enjoy direct access to staff and all facilities.