Science of architecture and built environment
This themes focuses on analysing and improving performance in relation, materiality, building performance assessment and performance modelling.
History and theory of architecture and built environment
This theme develops new understandings of socio-cultural theories and histories towards expanding architecture as a discipline and defining architecture’s role in the context of societal challenges.
Ecology of architecture and built environment
This theme develops a new understanding and models of architecture design pedagogy and practice that work within current economic and ecological contexts.
Design experience of architecture and built environment
This theme covers the enhancement of spatial experiences through new interactions between people, places, spaces, built environments, and technology.
Integral architecture and built environment
You'll need to find a supervisor who you can work well with both professionally and personally, as you'll be working with them throughout your degree. Identify your area of interest and look for a supervisor whose expertise aligns with it.
We have a streamlined process for applying for a higher degree by research. You'll need to submit your research proposal along with supporting documents and referee reports. Research degree candidature applications are accepted throughout the year.
Construction management themes
Construction management, economics and procurement
This theme covers:
- the building life cycle, its management and evaluation
- how management systems work in the organisation and marketing aspects
- construction economics and financing
- construction management practice and innovation
- emerging and innovative technologies for construction.
Other topics can include infrastructure planning, appraisal and delivery; innovation in construction procurement; planning, productivity, health, safety and quality management and the management of mega construction projects.
Smart, lean and sustainable construction
This theme covers:
- construction and demolition waste minimisation
- demolition management and techniques
- lean construction and just-in-time delivery
- reuse and reverse logistics in construction
- removable houses and fabricated construction.
Other topics can include smart and intelligent buildings, sustainable construction and resilience, and wellbeing and liveability enhancements by construction.
Digital engineering and building information modelling (BIM)
This theme covers the digitalisation of work processes in the construction industry with a focus on digital engineering, namely the integration of BIM with emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence.
Research topics are defined with the aim of addressing the issues that affect real-life projects across the industry. Technical solutions as well as managerial aspects are covered. Candidates applying for this stream need an engineering background and preferably some basic skills in working with BIM-related tools and software. Familiarity with data analysis tools and techniques is also encouraged.
Building energy and performance management
This theme covers zero carbon communities and energy buildings, how best to utilise renewable energy and smart building operations, as well as building performance simulation and monitoring.
Integral construction – making impact through transdisciplinary research
This theme takes an interdisciplinary approach to address the issues in construction management, drawing upon the knowledge and expertise created in related disciplines – particularly architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. Our major areas of research include:
- international construction
- construction education
- community resilience
- managing the impacts of bushfire.
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Planning, urban design and landscape architecture themes
Innovation in planning, urban design and landscape architecture
Innovation encompasses tangible and intangible aspects, policies, technologies, strategies and ideas that can inform and scaffold positive and/or efficient change for the betterment of humans and our livelihoods. This theme investigates this spectrum for mega-cities, cities, regional centres and/or hamlets, all of which contribute to making our cities, our urbanity and the places we live and recreate in the now, past and future.
Processes, strategies and infrastructure for planning and designing cities
Managing change involves understanding the processes and routes by which change can be effected. We can dream up innovations and pathways, but if we don't understand how to nurture and enable these changes sensitively, and with sustainability and resilience in mind, then these innovations won't occur successfully.
Smart and sustainable future cities and regional communities
Smart Cities involve holistically the human, biogeographical ingredients and the aquatic and terrestrial inhabitants of (existing/proposed) city landscapes, but smart cities also place an imperative upon technologies that can better inform and enable decision-making as well as city making.
Indigenous and rural cultural landscapes and their heritage
While we can engage with landscapes and cities we can't dislocate ourselves from cultural baggage that brings values, perceptions and actions that embody these values. Cultural landscapes are the human textbook tapestries of our histories, of which it is very clear that our colonial values often need to be decolonised. We recognise that Indigenous cultural landscapes of the past and present hold knowledges in need of respect and incorporation into our current planning and design actions, and this respect also applies to new-found cultural enclave landscapes crafted by new settlers.
Integral planning, urban design and landscape architecture
This transdisciplinary research assumes that problems and issues need to be examined through multiple lenses and not through one single-discipline lens. The Planning – Landscape Team believe that a partnership and family of disciplines and lenses are needed in all research investigations and designing activities – including in the disciplines of urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture.