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Prof Tuba Kocaturk



Deputy Head of School


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Arch & Built Enviro


Geelong Waterfront Campus


I am Professor of Circular Cities and the founding Director of MInD (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Research Lab at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin (

I am also the co-Director of Deakin's newly founded DesignMind, Design and Innovation platform (, and representing the University at the UNESCO City of Design Work committe of Geelong.

My research and teaching expertise centre upon the creative, generative and collaborative use of information and communication technologies and digital media in Built Environment research and education. In recent years, I have been exploring the transformational potential of embedding computation, big-data, artificial intelligence, and real-time connectivity into the conception and realisation of buildings/urban spaces for a sustainable built habitat. My research is grounded-in and informed by practice, and involves the development of 'tangible models, tools and methods' with potential to create impact on industry practice, education, community practices and with policy implications.I strongly believe that Built Environment research cannot be separated from industry or education and the three must come together for the benefit and ultimate progress of our discipline.

I have taught, conducted research, delivered keynotes/workshops and published extensively (over 50 publications, including edited books, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings) in the areas of Intelligent Built Environment, Digital Design Pedagogy, Design-Driven Innovation, Augmented Digital/Physical Place Making and Circular Economy. I have developed and led various postgraduate research and taught programmes and practice-based design studios exploring the creative, collaborative and innovative adoption of digital and media technologies in architectural and urban design.

My work is predominantly practice-based and advocates the use of “design thinking” and “system thinking” as a methodology for knowledge production (in research and education), and “trans-disciplinary thinking” as a strategy for cross-sector innovation (for the industry). I have implemented various bespoke innovation methods and strategies, as a design consultant, to help companies through their innovation process. 

I am the founding co-director of Resilient Urban Eco-Systems Research Group (in collaboration with ARUP, 2016), which brings together the complementary expertise of a highly interdisciplinary group of experts across Intelligent Buildings and Urban Informatics research fields, developing a vision and research agendas for the future. 

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Biography summary

I'm an an architect, educator, and a research leader in the field of smart and sustainable design & innovation in the Built Environment. I'm the founding director of MInD (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Research Lab, a trans-disciplinary and practice-based designresearch lab at Deakin University, which operates at the intersection of Built Environment, Information Technology, Design Innovation and Circular Economy. The lab collaborates closely with industry partners from design, construction, health, advanced manufacturing, art & culture, and technology sectors. The lab’s highly transdisciplinary work has been presented at various international events, and received funding from industry and government. I've co-founded Resilient Urban Ecosystems Network and the European Network of Transdisciplinary Design. My work led to her receiving one of the first Design Foundations grant, introduced by the UK government through Innovate UK, aimed at helping businesses engage with customers, and wider stakeholders through human-centred research to identify high-value innovation opportunities and
generate more innovative products, services and business models.


Editorial Board Member, Internationl Journal of Architectural Computing, publisher: SAGE (since 2014)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Building Research & Information, publisher Taylor & Francis (since 2018)

Editorial Board Member of Global Epistemics, a transdisciplinary book series established through a partnership between gloknos and Rowman & Littlefield International (since 2019)

Knowledge areas

Architectural and Urban Design

Design for Circular Cities

Smart Cities and Urban Resilience

Design Cognition and Computation

Spatial Computation and MR in Built Environment

Digital Heritage and Augmented Storytelling

Intelligent Built Environment

Human-Centric Sensing and Ambient Intelligence 

Design Thinking / System Thinking / Transdisciplinarity

Professional activities

Recent Invited Speaker Roles, Keynotes, International Workshops 


(2024) Invited Speaker (upcoming), Melbourne Design Week Event, organised by Design Institute of Australia, 29 May.
(2024) Invited Speaker, Geelong Manufacturing Council Technology & Innovation Summit, Geelong, 18 April.
(2023) Panel Chair (Moderator), 2nd Circularity Conference organized by Australian Circular Economy (ACE) Hub, Melbourne, 21 November.
(2023) Keynote Speaker, DesignRegio Kortrijk Special Event, Kortrijk, Belgium, 27 September.
(2023) Invited Speaker, Digitalisation for a Circular Built Environment Seminar, organised by the Digital Circular Economy (DiCE) Lab, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands, 21 September.
(2023) Keynote Speaker, GMC Connect: Sustainability For Manufacturers – Value Or Vortex?, Geelong, 1 August.
(2022) Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Sustainable Resilient Built Environments (SRBE) 2022, Manipal, India, 19 December.
(2022) Invited Speaker, 1st Circularity Conference organised by Australian Circular Economy (ACE) Hub, Sydney, 24 November.
(2022) Invited Speaker, Istanbul Technical University, Circularity in Built Environment Research Group, 11 May.
(2022) Keynote Speaker, Computational Ecosystems and Architecture Symposium, Istanbul (Turkey), 24 June.
(2021) Keynote Speaker, Australian Circular Economy Hub, Circular Built Environment Event, 26 November.
(2021) Keynote Speaker, 25th International Conference on Information Visualisation, IV2021_Built Viz, 7 July.
(2021) Invited Speaker, Taylors University, Faculty of Innovation & Technology, 21 April.
(2021) Invited Speaker, Panel member, World Science Festival Brisbane, Cities 2060, 25 March.
(2020) Invited Speaker, Milan Design Week, Panel Discussion about the role of Remote Design learning in post-Covid World, 28 July.
(2020) Keynote Speaker, Online Webinar Series organised by IMAGINE, Designing for/within Systems, 24 June.
(2019) Invited Speaker, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture, Wellington (NZ), November.
(2019) Invited Speaker, DIADEM Annual Design Conference, Werribee, July.
(2019) Invited Speaker, MAV Technology Annual Conference, Geelong, May.
(2019) Invited Speaker, Milan Design Week, Worldwide Conference on Sustainable Innovation, at Design in the Age
of Experience Event by Dassault Systemes, Milan, Italy, April.
(2019) Keynote Speaker, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Geelong City of Design Stakeholder Day, Geelong Library
and Heritage Centre, Geelong, March.
(2019) Invited Speaker, Singapore Design Week, UNESCO Creative Cities Network Public Forum, Singapore, March.





Media appearances

Emerging Models of Transdisciplinarity 


Recently Funded Projects:

(2022) CSIRO, New Emergent Technologies Graduate Program, $1,8M (PI: Thuong Hoang, CIs: Tuba Kocaturk, Stefan Greuter, Rui Wang, in collaboration with Western Sydney University)

(2021) CRC-P, Recycling construction demolition waste to manufacture sustainable brick, $1,6M, (PI: Jun Wang, CIs: Tuba Kocaturk, Reza Husseini, Imriyas Kamardeen, in collaboration with Western Sydney and Melbourne

(2021) Creative Victoria Grant, A Spatially Intelligent Art Centre, $230,000 (PI: Tuba Kocaturk, CIs: Stefan Greuter, Rui Wang).

(2021) CoGG Arts & Culture, Arts Industry Commissions, (In)Tangible Heritage of the Greater Geelong: Public Space as Virtual Museum, $20,000 (PI: Tuba Kocaturk, CIs: Sofija Kaljevic, Domenico Mazza)

(2020) Innovation Connections Grant, Application Framework for Graphene Sensing Technology, $150,000 (PI: Tuba Kocaturk, CIs: Belinda Huang, Rui Wang)

(2019) China Railway, A Prototype of Railway Traffic Construction BIM Parametric Modelling System, $30,000 (PI: Rui Wang, CIs: Tuba Kocaturk, Jun Wang)

(2019) City of Greater Geelong, Experiencing (in)Tangible Heritage through Extended Reality, $22,000 (PI: Tuba Kocaturk, CIs: Rui Wang, Sofija Kaljevic)




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Enhancing human-building interaction and spatial experience in cultural spaces

T Kocaturk, S Greuter, T Hoang, R Wang

(2024), International Journal of Architectural Computing, C1

journal article

BIM with Blockchain for Decentralised Circular Construction Supply Chain

F Elghaish, M Hosseini, T Kocaturk, M Arashpour, M Ledari

(2023), pp. 235-259, Digitalization in Construction: Recent Trends and Advances, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Future proofing for hospital building design: from research to practice

S Memari, T Kocaturk, M Lozanovska, F Andrews, R Tucker

(2023), Vol. 19, pp. 681-700, Architectural Engineering and Design Management, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Towards a circular transition of the built environment: systemic and transdisciplinary models, methods and perspectives

Tuba Kocaturk, M Reza Hosseini

(2023), Vol. 51, pp. 1-4, Building Research & Information, C1

journal article

Digitalised circular construction supply chain: An integrated BIM-Blockchain solution

F Elghaish, M Hosseini, T Kocaturk, M Arashpour, M Bararzadeh Ledari

(2023), Vol. 148, pp. 104746-104746, Automation in Construction, C1

journal article

The product-service system approach for housing in a circular economy: An integrative literature review

Soheila Ghafoor, M Hosseini, Tuba Kocaturk, Matthias Weiss, Matthew Barnett

(2023), Vol. 403, pp. 1-12, Journal of Cleaner Production, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Memory Lane

Tuba Kocaturk, Stefan Greuter, Thuong Hoang, Sofija Kaljevic, Rui Wang

(2023), Geelong Arts Centre, JR4

Non-Traditional Research Output

A multiple feature fusion framework for video emotion recognition in the wild

N Samadiani, G Huang, W Luo, C Chi, Y Shu, R Wang, T Kocaturk

(2022), Vol. 34, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, C1

journal article

The interdisciplinary conceptualization of future proofing in the context of hospital buildings

Sanaz Memari, Tuba Kocaturk, Mirjana Lozanovska, Fiona Andrews, Richard Tucker

(2022), Vol. 50, pp. 810-826, Building Research and Information: the international journal of research, development and demonstration, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The nature of innovation in hospital building design: a mixed grounded theory study

A Sal Moslehian, T Kocaturk, F Andrews, R Tucker

(2022), Vol. 23, pp. 792-814, Construction innovation, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Analysis of Factors Historically Affecting Innovation in Hospital Building Design

Anahita Moslehian, R Tucker, T Kocaturk, F Andrews

(2022), Vol. 15, pp. 249-269, Health Environments Research and Design Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Circular economy in the Australian AEC industry: investigation of barriers and enablers

Salman Shooshtarian, M Hosseini, Tuba Kocaturk, Tony Arnel, Nicole T. Garofano

(2022), pp. 1-13, Building Research and Information: the international journal of research, development and demonstration, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Diagrammatic Modelling Tools for Grounded Theory Research: The Implementation of a Multi-Representational Approach

A Sal Moslehian, R Tucker, T Kocaturk

(2022), Vol. 21, pp. 1-15, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, London, Eng., C1

journal article

GDOM: An Immersive Experience of Intangible Heritage through Spatial Storytelling

Tuba Kocaturk, Domenico Mazza, Malcolm Mckinnon, Sofija Kaljevic

(2022), Vol. 15, pp. 1-18, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Geelong Digital Outdoor Museum (GDOM) - Photogrammetry as the Surface for a Portable Museum

Domenico Mazza, Tuba Kocaturk, Sofija Kaljevic

(2022), pp. 677-686, CAADRIA 2022 : Proceedings of the Association for Computer Aided Architecural Design Research 2022 Conference, Sydney, N.S.W. and Virtual, E1


An integral view of innovation in hospital building design: understanding the context of the research/practice gap

A Sal Moslehian, T Kocaturk, R Tucker

(2021), Vol. 49, pp. 265-280, Building Research and Information, C1

journal article

Discovering Traffic Anomaly Propagation in Urban Space Using Enhanced Traffic Change Peaks

G Huang, T Kocaturk, C Chi

(2021), Vol. 20, pp. 1363-1382, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, C1

journal article

Task complexity and learning styles in situated virtual learning environments for construction higher education

R Wang, R Lowe, S Newton, T Kocaturk

(2020), Vol. 113, Automation in Construction, C1

journal article

A Novel Video Emotion Recognition System in the Wild Using a Random Forest Classifier

N Samadiani, G Huang, W Luo, Y Shu, R Wang, T Kocaturk

(2020), Vol. 1179, pp. 275-284, ICDS 2019 : Data science : 6th international conference, ICDS 2019, Ningbo, China, May 15-20, 2019, revised selected papers, Ningbo, China, E1


From Finnish AEC knowledge ecosystem to business ecosystem: lessons learned from the national deployment of BIM

Gulnaz Aksenova, Arto Kiviniemi, Tuba Kocaturk, Albert Lejeune

(2019), Vol. 37, pp. 317-335, Construction management and economics, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Integrating user-behaviour as performance criteria in conceptual parametric design

Leyla Deniz Kiraz, Tuba Kocaturk

(2019), pp. 1-10, CAADRIA 2019 : Intelligent and informed : Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Wellington, N.Z., E1


Towards an intelligent digital ecosystem - sustainable data-driven design futures

Tuba Kocaturk

(2017), pp. 164-178, Future challenges in evaluating and managing sustainable development in the built environment, Chichester, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Oppia suomalaisesta BIM-kehitystyöstä

Gulnaz Aksenova, Arto Kiviniemi, Tuba Kocaturk, Albert Lejeune

(2017), pp. 1-12, Rakentajain kalenteri 2018, Malminkatu, Helsinki, B1-1

book chapter

Soumen BIM-innovaatiomatka

Gulnaz Aksenova, Arto Kiviniemi, Tuba Kocaturk, Albert Lejeune

(2017), pp. 71-81, Rakentajain kalenteri 2018, Malminkatu, Helsinki, B1-1

book chapter

A socio-cognitive approach to knowledge construction through blended learning

T Kocaturk

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 1-21, Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education, Aalborg, Denmark, C1-1

journal article

[Re]searching [im]probable, [im]possible and [un]desirable design futures

Tuba Kocaturk, M Biggs, R Koeck

(2015), pp. 132-134, Perspectives on Architectural Design Research, Baunach, Germany, B1-1

book chapter

Exploiting BIM in energy efficient domestic retrofit: evaluation of benefits and barriers

E Gholami, Arto Kiviniemi, Tuba Kocaturk, S Sharples

(2015), ICCBEI 2015 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics, Tokyo, Japan, E1-1


Deceptive landscape installation: algorithmic patterning strategies for a small pavilion

Asterios Agkathidis, Tuba Kocaturk

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 71-79, FUSION : Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., E1-1


Emerging socio-technical networks of innovation in architectural practice

Tuba Kocaturk

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 21-36, International journal of architectural computing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Hybrid architecture: coupling structural understanding and architectural education

R Balbo, R Balbo, Tuba Kocaturk, Tuba Kocaturk, A Veliz, A Veliz

(2013), pp. 1191-1197, ICSA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, Guimaraes, Portugal, E1-1


Challenges of Integrating BIM in architectural education

Tuba Kocaturk, Arto Kiviniemi

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 465-474, eCAADe 2013 : Computation and Performance – Proceedings of the 31st Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, E1-1


Exploiting BIM in energy efficient refurbishment: a paradigm of future opportunities

Elaheh Gholami, Stephen Sharples, Sepehr Abrishami, Tuba Kocaturk

(2013), pp. 1-6, PLEA2013: Sustainable architecture for a renewable future : Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Passive and Low Architecture 2013, Munich, Germany, E1-1


Dialogs between physical and digital modelling methods on architectural design

Alejandro Veliz, Tuba Kocaturk, Benachir Medjdoub, Riccardo Balbo

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 281-289, eCAADE 2012 : Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference : Physical Digitality, Prague, Czech Republic, E1-1


An Innovative Approach to Technology Mediated Architectural Design Education A framework for a web-based socio-cognitive eco-system

Tuba Kocaturk, Riccardo Balbo, Benachir Medjdoub, Alejandro Veliz

(2012), pp. 55-65, ECAADE 2012, VOL 1, Czech Tech Univ, Fac Architecture, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Experiencing (In) tangible Heritage through eXtended reality (XR).

Prof Tuba Kocaturk

City of Greater Geelong - Creative Communities Grants

  • 2019: $20,250

Application Framework for Graphene Sensing Technology

Prof Tuba Kocaturk, Dr Rui Wang

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • 2021: $25,000
  • 2020: $25,000

(In)tangible Heritage of the Greater Geelong: Public City Space as Virtual Museum

Prof Tuba Kocaturk, Dr Sofija Kaljevic, Dr Domenico Mazza

City of Greater Geelong

  • 2021: $20,000

Empowering Human within the Metaverse ¿ CSIRO Next Generation Emerging Technologies Graduate Program

A/Prof Thuong Hoang, Prof Stefan Greuter, Prof Tuba Kocaturk, Dr Rui Wang, A/Prof Mohamed Abdelrazek, Prof Antonio Robles-Kelly

CSIRO Scholarship - Next Generation Graduates Program

  • 2024: $117,098

Industry and Other Funding

A Prototype of Railway Traffic Construction BIM Parametric Modelling System with VR/AR Extension (TBV)

Dr Rui Wang, Dr Jun Wang, Prof Tuba Kocaturk

Shanghai Langjia Traffic Environment Technology Co Ltd

  • 2019: $30,000

Application Framework for Graphene Sensing Technology

Prof Tuba Kocaturk, Dr Rui Wang

Imagine Intelligent Materials Ltd

  • 2020: $75,000

A Spatially Intelligent Arts Centre.

Prof Tuba Kocaturk, Prof Stefan Greuter, Dr Rui Wang

The Trustee for Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust

  • 2022: $155,000
  • 2021: $75,000

Building Information Modelling Added Value Dashboard Project

Prof Tuba Kocaturk

BECA Pty Ltd

  • 2024: $6,765

VR Wayfinding Visitor and Customer Experience VR Assessment Model.

Prof Stefan Greuter, Prof Tuba Kocaturk, A/Prof Thuong Hoang, Dr Luke Heemsbergen, A/Prof Victoria Duckett

ID Laboratory Pty Ltd

  • 2024: $40,000



Anahita Sal Moslehian

Thesis entitled: A Grounded Theory of Design Innovation in Hospital Design

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment), School of Architecture and Built Environment

Associate Supervisor

Sanaz Memari

Thesis entitled: An Investigation into Future Proofing in the Architectural Design Process of Hospital Buildings

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment), School of Architecture and Built Environment