AUBEA 2021: Construction Education – Live the Future

Virtual Conference, Deakin University

COVID-19 update

Following the postponement of the AUBEA conference in 2020 due to COVID-19, we are happy to announce that the AUBEA conference will be held virtually in 2021.

With recent government directives on health and safety and the restrictions on both domestic and international travel, as well as the public health issues surrounding mass gatherings, it has been agreed that it is prudent not to proceed with the annual conference at this time.

We are grateful to everyone who made the effort to submit abstracts, and these can be carried forward to next year’s conference, or resubmitted if appropriate. Please see the revised Key Dates section below.

We look forward to welcoming you to AUBEA 2021- Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 October.

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: 25 April 2021
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 May 2021
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 30 June 2021
  • Notification of full paper review outcomes: 30 August 2021
  • Final paper submission deadline: 15 Sep 2021
  • Early bird registration closes: 1 October 2021
  • Virtual Conference dates: 27–29 October 2021

Organising committee

Prof Imriyas Kamardeen

Prof Anthony Mills

Dr Nateque Mahmood

Dr Jamal Thaheem

Dr Gayani Karunasena

Dr Abdul-Manan Sadick

Dr Abid Hasan

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.

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.

Guidelines for Full Paper Submission

  • Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit full papers for peer review.
  • Papers must report original work not previously published or presented at other conferences or journals.
  • Page limit: 10 pages only, including references and appendices (if any)
  • Papers must be prepared using the template provided.
  • At least one author must attend the conference.
  • The manuscript should be prepared in A4 size with a margin of 2.5 cm (1 inch) all around, in portrait orientation, and in single-column format. Landscape orientations may be applied, only if necessary, for presenting tables and figures effectively. However, section breaks must be introduced before and after changed page orientations.
  • Font - All fonts in the full paper must be TIMES NEW ROMAN only

Download the paper preparation Template

Conference registration

Registration for AUBEA 2021 will open mid-2021.


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