School news

25 Ocotber 2014 Sucess in Industry Engagement
15 Ocotber 2014 a+b Student Wins Design Competition
10 October 2014 a+b Hosts Distinguished Lecture
September 2014 Inaugural 24 hr BIMbattle

August 2014 Undergraduate Planning gets PIA Accreditation
August 2014 Top Heritage Paper
August 2014 a+b Hosts SuperStudio
August 2014 Digital Archetypes Book Launch
July 2014 Students Revamp Arcade
July 2014 Welcome Professor Lorraine Farrelly - Thinker in Residence
July 2014 Learned BIM - how is industry and academia responding
June 2014 Welcome Melissa Chan
May 2014 Welcome Dr Cristina Garduno Freeman
May 2014 CmyView Research Project
May 2014 Kelabit Highlands Community Museum Project
May 2014 a+b Awards Night
April 2014 Urban Environment and Ecology Research Collaboration
April 2014 Construction Management Collaboration with China
April 2014 Careers in Construction Management
March 2014 a + b Hosts Latin America Delegates
March 2014 Kochie 'Mayor for the day' Welcomes Students
February 2014 Aquatic Centre Research
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Success in Industry Engagement

Cardinia Councila+ b PhD student Tarek Ahmed and supervisor Dr Priya Rajagopalan have been selected for AMSI internship for Cardinia Council. This internship connects postgraduate research students and their university supervisors with industry partners through short-term tightly focused research projects.

The program allows students to transfer their skills from theory to real world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

Tarek and Dr Rajagopalan will work towards council's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by developing energy reduction plans for Council facilities and operations to lead and support community-based climate change reduction programs. Dr Rajagopalan has already established strong links with industry and community within Victoria and Australia through various energy benchmarking projects.

a+b Student Wins Design Competition

cadet bus shelterCongratulations to Tarek Mohamed Farouk Abdelaal Ahmed, a PhD student in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, for winning first prize in Deakin's Design a Bus Shelter Competition.

The competition aimed to find innovative design ideas for a new bus shelter at the University's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Design principles addressed in Tarek's design included: the proximity to the new CADET building, the transparency and lightness of the structure, the use of sustainable material and integrating renewable technology, disabled facilities and space for a bin and advertising. Tarek won a $2000 cash prize for his innovative design.

a+b Hosts Distinguished Lecture

distinguished LectureProfessor Anthony Mills, Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin, recently hosted more than 100 staff, students and guests from industry for the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Distinguished Lecture given by Dr Ron Silberberg AO. Dr Silberberg is the former Managing Director of the Housing Industry Association of Australia. Dr Silberberg received the Office of the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to the building and construction industries through the promotion of housing affordability, contributions to improved public and social housing and the development of youth training programs.

In his lecture entitled Housing Affordability: A Policy Choice? Dr Silberberg addressed the enduring theme that Australians are a nation of people driven by the dream of home ownership. He commented: 'That has never changed but the landscape of how we live, where we live, what we build and who will build it, is evolving rapidly with many influences at play'.

Professor Mills said Dr Silberberg's inspiring lecture 'illustrated the challenges in housing policy and reaffirmed his view that Deakin's School of Architecture and Built Environment is inextricably linked to our industry'.

The AIB Distinguished Lecture Series has been established to recognise and promote excellence in the built environment professions. To conclude the event, David Burnell from the AIB presented Dr Silberberg with a framed Distinguished Lecture Award.


Inaugural 24 hr BIMbattle

Archigram Spring 2014Over the course of 24 hours from Friday 12 September, students from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment competed in the very first BIMbattle. The BIMbattle exposed students enrolled in both Architecture and Construction Management to the latest in design and simulation techniques using Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

Teams worked on a client brief to design a 'pop up' bar for Little Creatures Brewery at the Seampacket Gardens within proximity to the proposed Yarra Street Pier. The 35 competitors were required to design, model and simulate the construction using Autodesk BIM software, namely Revit and Recap and Navisworks.

The competition incorporated the latest digital design tools that the industry is rapidly adopting. The event was run by talkBIM – a non-for-profit local BIM group hosted by Deakin University, and included volunteer mentors from Melbourne architectural practices and technology companies.

The 2014 BIMbattle proved to be a great success in the educating and exposing students to BIM software in an intensive learning environment. Future plans are to open up the competition to other universities not only locally, but nationally and internationally (using collaborative cloud platforms) in order to create a global BIMchallenge. To find out more read the full article.

See the full brief and their work at:

Undergraduate Planning gets Accreditation

planningNew in 2015, the School of Architecture and Built Environment's Bachelor of Planning (Honours) is a distinctive course that brings together the disciplines of planning, design, urban studies and society in a single degree program.

The 2015-commencing Bachelor of Planning (Honours) has obtained Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) interim professional accreditation in advance of its first intake of students next year.

This is a major step in ensuring the professional standing and reputation of the new degree, and unusually PIA issued the accreditation with no conditions as to academic content demonstrating that the course has robustly listened to and addressed PIA stakeholder aspirations in its design. See full article >>

Top Heritage Paper

A paper co-authored by Dr's Ursula de Jong and Bob Fuller and Ms Fiona Gray from Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment recently presented at Heritage 2014, the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development in Guimaraes, Portugal, was awarded the Best Paper in its section on Heritage and Governance for Sustainability.

The paper, entitled ‘A holistic view of sustainable development - lessons from the coastal town of Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia’, uses a model of sustainable development to analyse particular past development issues in the town from the perspectives of the Principles of Futurity, Equity, Participation and Environment. It is argued that this holistic approach enables lessons from the past to be better understood and applied in the future.

a+b Hosts SuperStudio

On Friday 1 August from 7pm, the School of Architecture and Built Environment hosted the Victorian SuperStudio in the a+b studio. SuperStudio is a 24-hour design competition run nationally by SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture), where teams of students have 24 hours to work on a design brief and then only three minutes to present their ideas to a jury.

The competition required the nineteen teams of students to propose a site specific, temporary, event based architectural intervention that should include proposals for a combination of physical architectures and acts of occupation. A rather challenging brief! Professor Anthony Mills, Head of Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, read the brief out to participants. Two tutors were available to help the teams out at the start with their initial ideas, but only until 10pm.

On Saturday, from 1am to 8am, some students elected to sleep, some napped but also a couple teams chose to forge on during the very cold night.

Towards the deadline the mad rush started, with jurors and special guests arriving, printing, scanning, model making and the works needing to be done. Projects were submitted before 7pm, after which students could relax with a beverage, some food and were able to reflect on what they achieved in a mere 24 hours.

Each team had three minutes to present their idea to the jurors, who then deliberated before choosing four finalists and a best first-year project. Peter Mallatt, president of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, then announced the winners and presented the prizes.

Congratulation to the finalists, who have now submitted their refined ideas for national judging. Thank you to everyone involved, there are plenty of photos on the SONA Deakin Facebook profile.

Digital Archetypes Book Launch

On the 19th of August 2014, the book Digital Archetypes: Adaptations of Early Temple Architecture in South and Southeast Asia was launched at Deakin’s City Centre.

The launch was jointly hosted by Deakin University's School of Architecture and Built Environment (A+B) and Centre for Memory Imagination and Invention (CMII).

Associate Professor Richard Tucker introduced the event in his role as standing Head of School, President of Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and Mr. Peter Malatt introduced the book. Professor William Logan then gave the launch address before the authors provided a summary of its contents.

The book itself is the result of a unique research collaboration, combining the latest digital reconstruction techniques with historical analysis to provide an inter-disciplinary examination of the earliest South and Southeast Asian monumental architecture. Find out more >>

Students Revamp Arcade

The School’s Architecture students have come up with a wide range of solutions for a brief to design an art gallery, an artists’ studio and residences for five artists on an actual site in central Geelong.

The School’s students have come up with a wide range of solutions for a brief to design an art gallery, an artists’ studio and residences for five artists on an actual site in central Geelong.
Known as Artifex: Fabrica, the project was set for the students by Architecture lecturer Yolanda Esteban. For the exercise, the area around the Geelong Advertiser office in Ryrie Street was chosen.

The area includes Centre-point Arcade and Bank Place, a laneway behind the newspaper building. The students were told the residences must be of a compact size to suit the urban context, and that the block containing the arcade and laneway had a rich arts history. It was once the centre of Geelong’s theatrical precinct. Three theatres, the Geelong Theatre (now the Village Cinema complex), the Regent Theatre (currently a Dimmey’s store) and the Corio Theatre (part of the Market Square complex) were all in the immediate vicinity.

One of the images produced by student Simon Rowan clearly puts the site in context, with the Geelong Advertiser building recognisable next to his “wooded’’ laneway. See the full Geelong Advertiser Article >>


Professor Lorraine Farrelly - Thinker in Residence

Lorraine FarrellyThe School of Architecture and Built Environment welcomes Professor Lorraine Farrelly who is currently a Thinker in Residence in The Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, (CMII) at Deakin University for a 6 week period.

She works as an architect and designer and is Professor of Architecture and Design at The University of Portsmouth UK and runs the postgraduate Master in Architecture studio Architecture and Urbanism. Lorraine is also part of the Portsmouth School of Architecture’s Project Office, which combines aspects of architectural practice, community engagement and associated research at Portsmouth.

Lorraine’s research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to design, and architecture at various scales, through understanding ideas of design details to urban concepts, and her publications include The Fundamentals of Architecture; Representational Techniques; Construction + Materiality, and Drawing for Urban Design and most recently Guest editor for AD; Designing and the Third Age.

Whilst at Deakin Lorraine is interested to engage in discussions around concepts of Inter Disciplinary research and practice and relationships between professional practice across the built environment disciplines, research and education. The School of Architecture and Built Environment hosted a book launch for Lorraine’s new book Designing for the Third Age, at Deakin Melbourne City Centre, the event was attended by the Vice Chancellor, and 40 guests from academia and industry.

Find out more and join the conversation


Welcome Melissa Chan - lecturer in construction management

Melissa ChanWelcome to Melissa Chan who has joined the School of Architecture and Built Environment as Lecturer in Construction Management. Melissa comes to Deakin from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane where is she currently completing her PhD in Procurement Delivery Strategies.

Melissa’s work has a strong focus on relational determinants in collaborative contracting and their efficacy of overall performance, particularly in civil and infrastructure projects. Before joining Deakin, Melissa acquired industry experience in construction as a Contracts Executive and Project Planner (Scheduler), and was a sessional academic with four years’ experience. Her teaching background includes Construction Management, Strategic Procurement, Contract Administration and Construction Law. Professionally, Melissa is registered with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Australian Institute of Quantity Surveying (AIQS) and Society of Construction Law (SCL) Australia. For fun she is an avid swimmer, enjoys hiking and being outdoors.


Learned BIM - how is industry and academia responding

BIM TALKThe School of Architecture and Built Environment teams with industry to host a series of free BIM evenings. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the way of the future in both the architecture and construction management industries. BIM is a process involving the creation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a building.

On Wednesday the 16th of May, talkBIM (a not for profit BIM group founded by Deakin University) held their 4th BIM event. It was an evening of Learned BIM looking at how academia and industry have (and have not) responded to the BIM moment.

There was a line-up of exceptionally talented and knowledgeable speakers on the night. Jennifer Macdonald, a BIM researcher & lecturer from the University of Technology Sydney shared her experiences of BIM in both industry and academia. Construction lawyer Ilsa Kuiper from BTI Consulting Pty Ltd presented the legalities of BIM and how they are affecting BIM adoption. buildingSMART Australasia secretary Wayne Eastley also highlighted the opportunity that Australia has to revolutionise the construction segment through OpenBIM and his efforts to educate the industry. Pacific Computing Business Development manager Michael Turner presented the Tekla Campus initiative by Tekla and were joined in conversation by Micheal Haines, CEO and Director VANZI (Virtual Australia New Zealand) in the importance that digital models, data and currency" could play in an authorised, federated, fully integrated, secure 3D Data Set, that enables users to model the Natural and Built Environment using any software and portal of their choice.

It was an informative event which lead to great conversations over a few BIMbeers post the formal presentations. Keep your eye on for the next BIM event.

Cristina FreemanWelcome Dr Cristina Garduno Freeman

Cristina joins the School of Architecture and Built Environment after completing an award-winning doctoral thesis on online forms of participation around the Sydney Opera House, at UTS. Her research focuses on the role of representations as evidence of, and instruments in, forms of participation with architecture, heritage and media. Currently she is running CmyView, one of five projects seeking funding through Deakin’s innovative alliance with Pozible (more details in newsletter Research section below). As well as academic publications, Cristina is also a multidisciplinary designer, with professional experience in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and in visual communication design.


CmyViewCmyView Research Project

Walking is a great way to engage with places. It gives you time to unwind, get fit and if you take a few photos along the way, you can share that walk with others. But what if that walk could be made tangible? What if it could contribute to the future of these places?

The CmyView research project is part of Research My World, the crowd funding joint venture between Deakin University and The CmyView project team includes Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman an early career researcher and lecturer in Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment and members of the school’s SocioCultural Ecologies Research Group: Dr Mirjana Lozanovaska, Associate Professor Ursula De Jong, Dr David Beynon and Dr Diego Fullaondo. Also involved with the project are Dr Kok-Leong Ong from Deakin’s School of Information and Business Analytics and the Super Sydney Committee.

The CmyView research project is about creative ways to capture your views about places. The development of a mobile app will turn everyday kinds of participation, such as photography and walking, into evidence that has the ability to influence actions from government and corporate interests on the future of the environments and places you care about. CmyView investigates methodologies for community consultation and the assessment of social value, issues central to the evaluation and future planning of urban and natural environments. Presently, these are typically carried out through public meetings, discussion groups, interviews, surveys, workshops or advisory committees. CmyView takes a new approach. This tool will make consultation spatial by mapping an active experience that takes place in the present. Visit the project’s page on the Pozible website to find out more:


KHMDPKelabit Highlands Community Museum Development Project

In January 2014 a team of architecture and cultural heritage students led by Susan Ang, as part of the iDiDe study tour program and design workshop supported by Australian government funding for mobility, travelled to Malaysia to collaborate with the International Islamic University Malaysia. The team of nine students worked with the community to conceptualize the design of the Kelabit Highlands Live Eco Community Museum.

The team consulted deeply with the Rurum Kelabit Sarawak (RKS) and engaged in community consultation and dialogue over three sites in Sarawak (Miri, Bario and Kuching). This community participation informed every step of the design process, it helped the design team to appreciate the community’s aspirations for the museum and to develop an architecture concept that could embody these successfully.

The team experienced indigenous culture and were immersed in social and cultural activities including staying in a longhouse at the Sarawak Cultural Centre. The study experience conducted as a travelling master class design studio found the students put to task at every opportunity - at the airports; coffee shops and in the hotel suites.

The design outcomes that resulted over the ten day visit captured the Kelabit story and were very positively received when presented to the community.

The design phase is part of a larger capacity building and museum development project - initiated in 2011 and led by Dr. Jonathan Sweet, a member of Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and a senior academic in the Faculty of Arts. Dr Meghan Kelly and Dr Simon Wilmot of the School of Creative Arts are also involved.

Architecture students that were sponsored to participate included: Aaron Cody, Christopher Cogdon, Dustin Cashmore, Boutsaba Vongphone, Matthew Anderson, Claire Grant, Kirsten Griese, Florence Teo and Jessica Betteridge, along with one cultural heritage student Laura Escudero.


a+b Awards Night

2014 award winners and sponsors

The School of Architecture and Built Environment held its annual awards night on 7 May at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. One of the most significant events in the a+b calendar, the awards night brings together current and past students, staff and industry partners to acknowledge students for their outstanding academic performance and contribution to the University and community.

This year 26 exceptional students were awarded with prizes, including a variety of monetary gifts, placement opportunities and gift vouchers. The event was attended by more than 150 special guests, students and sponsors and alumni. The Head of School, Professor Anthony Mills, welcomed guests and highlighted the importance of the school’s relationship with industry.

This year’s guest speaker was Mr Peter Malatt, Victorian Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects and director of Six Degrees Architecture, who gave an enthusiastic account of the early days of architecture and the development of the Six Degrees brand.

The 2013 a+b Student Journal was also launched at the event. The journal is an annual publication designed, produced and edited by the school’s students, highlighting the exceptional work of students through the year. The 2013 edition of the journal is in the form of a double sided poster that can be folded and put together to construct the three dimensional object represented by German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer in his famous work Melencolia I (Melancholy I). You can view the a+b Journal at:

After the formalities, students and their families, staff, alumni, sponsors and industry guests moved into the a+b studio space for celebrations and drinks. All guests received a complimentary copy of the newly launched journal and enjoyed the creative studio space.
The school would like to congratulate all award winning students and thank Darcy Dunn and Jess Chapman for their contribution to making the event a success.


Chinese DelegatesUrban Environment and Ecology Research Collaboration

On Thursday 27 March the School of Architecture and Built Environment hosted a bilateral research seminar with six academic visitors from State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Science, in Beijing. The intention was to introduce each other’s research for potential research collaboration in the future.

The presentations by the Chinese delegates were about diverse projects including nature reserves and national parks in China and how demographics of species and their habitat might be mapped. Other projects extended into water features that purified water and provided solar desalination as well as landscaping and other GIS modelling projects. The school had the opportunity to present about building and comfort research, which was also extended into landscaping and indigenous projects.

The workshop ended with formulating plans for future collaboration. The group concurred that collaboration on one or two projects together with the intention to raise funding and publications would ensure a lasting relationship.


Construction Management Collaboration with China

China ResearchDr Igor Martek is on a research team headed by Professor Chuan Chen, Construction Management Department at Sichuan University. Their project, An integrated model for international market selection, market entry mode selection and project selection for Chinese construction firms, has recently secured funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Jan 2014-Dec 2017).

Competitiveness in the construction sector derives from generating a strategic competitive advantage, and sustaining that over time. Since construction companies involved in large scale infrastructure development need to commit to large capital cost investment, the primary risk they face is loss of continuity of work in which these assets are left idle. For this reason asset heavy construction companies are increasingly tempted to globalize operations, and in particular to gravitate to growth economies, like China. But these companies also face the added risks of competing in environments that protect local enterprises while attempting to extract onerous monetary and technological transfer rents. How do such companies cope? Deakin is working with the University of Sichuan to look into this question.

This project to investigate what strategies global construction companies are using to penetrate the Chinese construction market, forms is a significant research collaboration for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.  
The research team: 
Chuan Chen (PI, Prof. SCU)
Xinli Zhang (Asso Prof., SCU)
John Messner (Prof. Penn State, USA)
Seung Chul Han (Prof. Yonsei University, Korea)
Igor Martek (Lecturer, Deakin, Australia)
Peng Guo (Lecturer, SCU)
Hongjang Li (RA, SCU)
Nini Wu (RA, SCU) 


Careers in Construction Management

careers in constructionThe School of Architecture and Built Environment took part in the Build Your Future - careers in construction management event on Wednesday 26 March. Arranged by Deakin Jobshop Graduate and Vacation Program, the Build Your Future workshops are face-to-face niche events that provide exciting new ways to promote graduate and vacation work opportunities to students.

During the event students took part in panel sessions with graduates and networking/mini expo sessions with industry. The panel session gave students the opportunity hear directly from recent graduates about their journeys into the various graduate programs, and what it’s actually like on the job. The event was not only well attended, but also very well received by students and employers alike. More than 70 students attended, and stayed on to network afterwards with the employers and panellists.


a + b Hosts Latin America Delegates

Latin Americian delegatesDeakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment recently hosted two education delegates from Latin America: Dr Obdulio Velasquez Posada, Rector, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia and Dr Silvana Barboni, Ministry of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Associate Head of School (International) Dr Mirjana Lozanovska and three of the school’s Latin academic staff - Dr Diego Fullaondo, Dr Simone Leao, and Miss Yolanda Esteban - were engaged in the meeting.
There was an informed discussion about research projects and teaching relating to community engagement that focussed on Geelong as a regional city. There was also interest in regional cities and how research engaged with community development. The delegates were especially interested in an overview of research methodologies relating to this subject.

The delegates were very interested in an overview from the Deakin academics explaining some of the community engagement research work that occurs in the school and how this is connected to studio teaching.
Following the one hour discussion, the delegates were given a tour of the Waterfront facility. They were particularly impressed with the a + b gallery and the exhibition of student work, the VALUE Laboratory with parametric models, and the liveliness of the studio environment.

Photo from left: Dr Simone Leao, Dr Mirjana Lozanovska, Miss Yolanda Esteban, Dr Obdulio Velasquez Posada, Dr Silvana Barboni, Professor Anthony Mills, Ms Megan Phelan, Dr Diego Fullaondo


Kochie 'Mayor for the day' Welcomes Students

Kochie Visit Sunrise host and economist David Koch was invited to be Geelong's mayor for a day on Wednesday 12 March. Kochie stepped out among his subjects in Geelong to spread his business smarts and lend his profile to 'Brand Geelong'.

During his visit Kochie accompanied Cr Darren Lyons on a visit to the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University Waterfront Campus to welcome first year architecture students. The Head of School Professor Anthony Mills welcomed the pair to the School. Kochie addressed students encouraging them to think broadly and outside the square, he urged students to embrace the opportunities offered to them and understand that the start of their university career can be the start of a whole new life.

Kochie explained that his son-in-law is a Quantity Surveyor and that this qualification had provided him with a rewarding career and an exciting lifestyle for both him and his family. Following the official welcome Kochie and Cr Lyons had a brief meet and greet with staff and students. Also in Geelong to open his new business KBB Digital, an online company with 90 per cent of its clients outside Geelong, Kochie's focus while Mayor for the day was to encourage small-to-medium enterprises to invest in the future of the city.

With so many people waking up with the Sunrise program every day this visit has given Deakin Geelong unprecedented exposure. See the School of Architecture and Built Environment feature along with many other local Geelong businesses on the Channel 7 Sunrise program, as part of the Koshie's Mayor for a day segment.


Aquatic Centre Research

Aquatic Centre ResearchAn upsurge in the use of aquatic centres has seen such multipurpose indoor recreational facilities become focal points for community interaction. However, environmental design standards for aquatic centres have generally been overlooked due to the complex nature of these buildings. A recent pilot study conducted by Dr Priya Rajagopalan in collaboration with Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) showed that aquatic centres consume around seven times more energy than a commercial office building, Dr Rajagopalan is currently undertaking a research project aiming at developing benchmark standards and design guidelines to improve the performance of these buildings.

Together with Ian Swan from ARV, she has formed an active focus group involving various stakeholders such as Architects, Engineers, Aquatic engineers and Builders. The focus group is very positive about the new body of knowledge which will be generated as an outcome of this research and the value that will be added to the building industry.



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