School of Architecture and Built Environment
News 2011

August 2011 National Recognition of Teaching Excellence and New Grant
August 2011 Visioning a UniverCity
August 2011 Geelong Icon Project Student Work Gallery
August 2011 AASA 2011: Architecture @ the Edge - website is now online
August 2011 The VALUE - website is now online
August 2011 Master of Construction Management Accreditation
August 2011 Celebrating Achievement
August 2011 New CIB Student Chapter Link to Global Research Community
August 2011 Every Day's a Festival!
August 2011 School of A+B Supports a New Vision of Geelong
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National Recognition of Teaching Excellence and New Grant

Richard Tucker with studentCongratulations to Dr Richard Tucker (A+B) for receiving a 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Teaching Excellence. This is a particularly significant achievement which recognises the significant and sustained contribution Richard has made to teaching and learning and the student experience at Deakin.

In announcing the “last ever” ALTC awards, which have honoured 22 top teachers and 10 innovative student learning programs, ALTC CEO Dr Carol Nicoll said she was delighted with the strength of this year’s nominations.

“These awards are given to truly outstanding individuals and teams who have made a lasting impression on the quality of Australian higher education,” she said.

The ALTC Awards, worth $25,000 each, will be presented during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August.

In further good news, Richard has also recently secured an ALTC grant for $220,000 for his project 'Enhancing and assessing group and team learning in architecture and related design contexts'.

Visioning a UniverCity

AILAProfessor Hisham Elkadi presented a keynote speech at the International Conference of the Institute of Landscape Architects in Brisbane on the 11th of August. The keynote speech was about the currently funded project on the regeneration of the Geelong City Centre.





Geelong Icon Project Student Work Gallery

Third year architecture students were asked to come up with a concept for a potential Icon for the City of Geelong and post their work online.



AASA 2011: Architecture @ the Edge - website is now online

AASA2011The The 2011 AASA conference: Architecture @ the Edge website is now online.



The VALUE - website is now online

VALUEThe new Victoria Laboratory for Urban Ecologies website is now online.





Master of Construction Management Accreditation

RICSThe School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University has recently gained international accreditation from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for its new Master of Construction Management programme.

Celebrating Achievement

Ursula de JongCongratulations to Dr Ursula de Jong (School of Architecture and Building) on being listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women 2011, a publication described as a “celebration of achievement”.

Dr de Jong is Senior Lecturer in art and architectural history and chair of the history/theory discipline in the School. She is an architectural historian and a scholar of the 19th century Gothic Revival. In 2009 her book William Wardell and Genazzano FCJ College was published and she has just returned from OSP undertaking research in order to write an architectural biography of William Wardell.

She is a Director of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Chair of the NTAV Cultural Heritage Committee, a full member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and is the newly appointed President of the Nepean Conservation Group, Inc. The 2011 edition of the Who’s Who of Australian Women has the theme “Reflections on Happiness” and was released to coincide with International Women’s Day.

New CIB Student Chapter Link to Global Research Community

CIB group

A CIB Student Chapter has been established at Deakin’s School of Architecture and Building.

CIB is described as a “worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation”. The acronym CIB comes from Conseil International du Batiment (or International Council for Building in English).*

Head of School, Professor Hisham Elkadi, praised the establishment of the Chapter.

“This is an international recognition and endorsement of the professional and academic standards in the School and the high level of research activities in this research field. I commend our PhD students for their achievement,” Professor Elkadi said.

“I would like particularly to thank Dr Rebecca Yang for her initiatives and Inji Kenawy and the student team for all their excellent work.”

The objective of the Deakin-CIB Student Chapter is to provide an outstanding platform for researchers to enhance their contribution to knowledge by developing research interests and meaningful exchange between the entire spectrum of architecture, building and construction interests and the global research community.

All postgraduate research students in the School are encouraged to join the Chapter as they get the benefit of having a reliable and effective access point to the global research community. The School’s undergraduate students are also encouraged to join to take part in activities such as workshops, seminars and other social activities.

For more information please contact Deakin-CIB Student Chapter President Inji Kenawy:

* In 1998, the full name changed to International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, but the acronym was kept.

Every Day's a Festival!

Every Day's a Festival!

Despite their ubiquity and cultural prominence, the academic study of arts festivals has long been neglected. The burgeoning festivals industry is, however, firmly embedded in both the arts funding and weekly calendar of European cities, and there is no doubt that festivals are fast becoming a defining feature of urban life in the twenty-first century. An assessment of their nature and impact is more pressing than ever before.

The contributors to this volume explore the modern urban festival and the difference it makes to the experience and management of diversity in the city. Their research reveals an unsettling coupling of the celebration of local diversity with institutional amnesia, in which the memory of a festival hardly ever outlasts its funding. This book documents a key phenomenon of our time, the supplanting of community-based remembering with the repetitive structures of events whose historic and interpretative depth is lost amid a spiraling velocity of 'festivalization'.

Susanne Küchler is Professor of Anthropology at University College London, Department of Anthropology and one of the scientific leaders for the Sustainable Development in a Diverse World (SUSDIV) project funded by the Sixth Network of Excellence (NoE) Programme.

László Kürti teaches at the University of Miskolc, and the Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest, Hungary and has conducted fieldwork in North America, Romania and Hungary. From 2001 to 2006 he served as the Secretary of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

Hisham Elkadi, also a scientific leader for the SUSDIV project funded by the Sixth Network of Excellence Programme, is Head of The School of Architecture and Building at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Contributors: Alaknanda Patel, Monica Stroe, Mirjana Lozanovska, Rossella Lo Conte, David Beynon, Manuela Hernandez Sanchez and Ljiljana Simic.

ISBN 978-1-907774-01-0

School of A+B Supports a New Vision of Geelong

Hisham ElkadiProfessor Hisham Elkadi, Head of the School of Architecture and Building, believes Deakin has a key role to play in the transformation of the Geelong CBD.

Professor Elkadi – who has been involved in the redevelopment of cities such as Newcastle-Gateshead in the UK and Belfast in Northern Ireland – has recently given his support and that of the School to the Committee for Geelong’s Vision II development plan.

“A more visionary approach for the transformation and regeneration of the Geelong CBD is a must,” Professor Elkadi said. “The City of Geelong is at serious risk of not achieving enough synergies between all the different initiatives, including the cultural precinct.

“I think there is still too much of a silo mentality. Sites come up for development and projects proceed without any way to measure or guide the contribution they might make to the big picture for Geelong. And there needs to be a big picture through which to proceed, even if in acknowledging the pluralities of interest in Modern Geelong.

“Such vision may have to be comprised of several overlapping frames, but I believe Deakin University is key to it. Building a UniverCity is one of the merging frames.” Professor Elkadi said the School of Architecture and Building together with the City of Greater Geelong and the Committee for Geelong were looking into ways of integrating their efforts to build and further enhance a more integrated vision for the city.


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