AUBEA 2020: Construction Education – Live the Future

Wednesday 28–Friday 30 October 2020
Geelong Waterfront Campus, Deakin University

Event details

The Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) is a membership-based non-profit organisation, established in 1975 to promote and improve teaching and research in building through communication and collaboration.

The AUBEA annual conference brings together building and construction researchers, educators, students and industry from Australasia and other regions, providing a strong platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, disciplinary reflections, institutional exchange and collective growth.

The 44th AUBEA Annual Conference is being organised by the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University, Australia, at its Waterfront Campus located in the UNESCO City of Design, Geelong, in the state of Victoria.

Key dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2020
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 April 2020
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 30 June 2020
  • Notification of full paper review outcomes: 15 August 2020
  • Final paper submission deadline: 31 August 2020
  • Early bird registration closes: 1 October 2020
  • Conference dates: 28–30 October 2020

Organising committee

Professor Imriyas Kamardeen (Chair)

Professor Anthony Mills

Linda Tivendale

Dr M. Reza Hosseini

Call for papers

Papers are invited from both academics/researchers and industry practitioners alike. There will be a dedicated industry track at the conference.

Submissions from academics/researchers may discuss findings from empirical research and educational innovations. Industry practitioners may make submissions on topics related to contemporary industry challenges as well as on industry-based research and case studies.

Please submit your abstract of around 300 words and include up to five keywords under one of the themes below.

High quality papers submitted to the conference will be selected and the authors will be invited to further develop these for publication in a special issue of one of the following journals:

Note: publications in the special issue of the journals will be subject to an independent, double-blind peer review process of the extended versions of papers.

Theme 1: Redesigning construction education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0)

This theme focuses on defining educational contents that equip construction graduates with the required skills for the jobs of the future, and covers, but is not limited to, the following broad topics:

  • curricula that prepare graduates capable of shaping the built environment for individuals and communities to thrive
  • improved integration of BIM and Digital Engineering into curricula
  • meeting future industry expectations of construction graduates.

Theme 2: Preparing construction graduates for the jobs of the future

This theme emphasises on pedagogical techniques that prepare construction graduates with the required skills for the jobs of the future, and covers, but is not limited to, the following broad topics:

  • pedagogical strategies that nurture graduates for the jobs of the future
  • construction education to enhance the digital literacy of graduates
  • adopting Cloud computing, VR/AR/AI and Gamification in construction teaching and learning
  • new and emerging roles in the construction industry.

Theme 3: Innovation and research that makes a difference to our industry

This theme encapsulates research and innovation that is critical to the advancement of the construction industry, and covers, but is not limited to, the following broad topics:

  • cutting edge technologies for high performance construction and built environment
  • innovative methodologies for enhancing sustainability, quality and resilience in construction
  • remodelling processes, productivity and performance of the construction industry.

Theme 4: Value adding to stakeholders and the community

This theme concentrates on industry-focused, applied research that can add value to and enhance industry practices, processes and products, and covers, but is not limited to, the following broad topics:

  • best value and best performing products, methods and processes for a sustainable industry and community
  • rethinking contracts, ethics, professionalism and diversity for a thriving industry and community
  • revamping policies, regulations and codes for a thriving industry and community.

Theme 5: Industry case studies, innovative methods and practices

This theme captures insights from construction industry practitioners’ experiences, research and analytic findings, and exemplary case studies. The theme is quite broad and any topic of current interest to construction organisations and industry as a whole can be submitted, including aspects/topics that discuss the expectations of industry from future construction graduates and academia. Similarly, exemplary case studies of the implementation of novel technologies and approaches can be submitted, highlighting insights thereof.

Conference registration

Registration for AUBEA 2020 will open mid-2020.


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Key information


Wednesday 28–Friday 30 October 2020


School of Architecture and Built Environment
Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus 
1 Gheringhap St
Geelong VIC 3220


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