School of Architecture and Built Environment

March 2014 Kochie 'Mayor for the day' Welcomes Students
February 2014 Aquatic Centre Research
November 2013 Paper Space 2013
November 2013 iDiDE - India
October 2013 REAL Lecture a Geelong Insight
August 2013 Top Conference Paper
August 2013 Women in Construction Award
August 2013 CIOB Jubilee Fund Award
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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 at:


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.


Paper Space 2013

paper Space 2013Paper Space, the School of Architecture and Built Environment's annual exhibition showcasing outstanding work from 2013 undergraduate and master's degree students was held in November. Visions for buildings close to home in Geelong and as far away as the Arctic Circle were brought to life in the exhibition. Redesigns of the Geelong Yacht Club, Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club, Geelong laneways and buildings alongside designs created in answer to international briefs, skyscrapers in Hong Kong and the San Francisco fire house were among the creative works on display.

The Exhibition's opening night was a chance to celebrate the students' hard work. The opening was attended by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander who officially opened the exhibition. Over 300 guests attended the opening including many of the Geelong mayoral candidates, members of the Geelong Council, CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, representatives of industry, students, staff, family and friends.

The exhibition was open to the public for 10 days with more than 550 people visiting the exhibition during this time. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Paper Space Team and congratulate our students on the success of Paper Space 2013.


iDiDE - India

Visions for Newport ExpoThe Intercultural Dialogue through Design programme went on the road to Dehli, India this Summer. In November, the Sushant School of Art & Architecture hosted Team Deakin, as well as partners from Malaysia and Thailand, for the first iDiDE India. iDiDe is the School's international collaborative master class design workshop. The intercultural design studio includes a two-week studio program delivered alongside international travel and cultural immersion experiences. Past students of the iDiDE family have offered the following reflections:

“If I had any doubt of practising architecture, iDiDe Thailand simply reinforced that designing collaboratively with a selfless attitude is possible and rewarding worldwide.”
Gamze Uzunay, IDIDE Thailand 2013

“This program prepared me for the global practice of architecture which allowed me to experience an intensive and rich design process that required us all to work collaboratively.”
Alejandro Rubilar, IDIDE Australia 2012

“The experience taught us a lot about ourselves, the differences and similarities in our cultures, and the way in which we each work and design, both individually and as a part of an international group of our peers.”
Rachel Carew, IDIDE Malaysia 2011


REAL Lecture a Geelong Insight

real lecture geelongThe School was pleased to host a lecture by Ian McDougall from Ashton Raggat McDougall Architecture (ARM Architecture) in October, discussing the firm's design for the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre development. The lecture was the last for 2013 in the School's student organised lectures series The REAL Lecture Series. Mr McDougall, the lead architect on the project, provided guests with an in-depth insight into the design principles behind this high profile public building. Mr McDougall is a founding Director of ARM Architecture. ARM Architecture, one of the most influential practices in Australia, is well known for their strikingly innovative architecture and bold iconography of form and recently completed the widely acclaimed $136 million redevelopment of Hamer Hall (Arts Centre Melbourne).


Top Conference Paper

Top conference paperThe 38th Annual AUBEA Conference was held recently at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The AIQS Top Paper Award was presented to Eric Chan, Linda Tivendale, Chunlu Liu and Anthony Mills for their paper titled 'Innovative Delivery: The Supported Cloud'. This paper outlined the findings from the delivery changes in Trimester 3, 2012 as part of the STEPS program. Over 100 papers were accepted for the conference this is a great achievement for both the authors and the School.


Women in Construction Award

The Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Student in the 2013 NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Awards for Excellence was recently presented to one of our graduating students, Christie Love. Christie won the award for her strong academic record, involvement in student activities and engagement with the community. She has been a member of the S346 Course Committee for many years and is the vice president of 'Just Change', a not-for profit organisation which focuses on improving energy efficiency options for tenants. Christie was nominated for this award in part due to her research work 'Energy Efficiency in the Rental Market' for her final year thesis. This is wonderful recognition for Christie and for the School.


CIOB Jubilee Fund Award

Graduating students, Glenn Parry was recently awarded a CIOB Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fund 2013 Award. This award is presented to high achieving students to support them with their research in the final year of their Bachelor of Construction Management course. The title of Glenn's thesis was: A Critical Review of Cost Benefits of Building Integrated Photovoltaics, for which he received a High Distinction. Glenn completed this research under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Yang. Glenn and Rebecca are to be congratulated on this achievement.


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