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Built Environment

The Built Environment research theme explores humankind’s domination of the natural environment and the constructed spaces in which we live, work and play. Curtin undertakes world-class research in built environment and design, and is ranked top 100 in the world for built environment / architecture in the 2016 QS World Rankings by Subject.

built environment

Drawing on expertise in design, construction, management, geography and planning, this interdisciplinary research theme explores and solves issues of sustainability in the built environment and the effects and opportunities of new computational and information technologies on this sector.

Critical, cultural and creative inquiry is used to investigate how these elements will affect future practice in the industry, such as the increasing focus on green technology, the use of building information modelling to improve construction management and innovative planning to accommodate increasing populations.

Current research projects

There are many research projects underway within this theme. Some examples include:

  • commemorative architecture
  • disaster management
  • discriminatory design
  • health and wellbeing through design
  • innovative software for building industries
  • place-making
  • procurement and safety issues
  • regional development and planning
  • tourism and development.

Though only a selection of projects has been listed here, Curtin is interested to discuss any research idea relating to the built environment.