School news

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
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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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 Pozible.com. 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: http://www.pozible.com/CmyView

 

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: http://www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/ab/news/abjournal.php

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 at: http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/21952268/kochie-mayor-of-geelong/

 

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

iDiDe IndiaThe Intercultural Dialogue through Design programme went on the road to Dehli, India this Summer. 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.

The Delhi program had a socially responsive theme and focused on an informal settlement in Delhi, of 2.25 square kilometres, known as Lal Kuan. The defunct quartzite mining site, is home to some 150,000 residents including burgeoning numbers of immigrants from various parts of India where once open mining which provided income is no more. Instead, lung diseases, loss of livelihood and fear of the being forced to move are prevalent.

The design education agenda set out to instigate firstly, comprehension of this gnarly social context, and secondly, recognition of humanitarian issues relative to the settlement that include inadequate health conditions, apparent lack of organised social and physical infrastructure, and thirdly, to offer potential future development to policy makers.


The architectural outcomes have responded through a series of urban interventions that acknowledge how informal settlements can be sensitively intervened whilst acting to preserve cultural sustainability.
The student projects offer imagined architectural ideas for improved personal and public health and welfare, cultural and community delight, and green technologically innovative residential farming and waste management systems. The collective learning experience has successfully effected intercultural dialogue through collaborative design across national borders, reinforced the social role of future architects and helped to define the often times invisible boundaries of formal architecture.

 

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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