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Industry collaboration

The School of Built Environment is renowned for its connections to prominent national and international industry partners and providing students with many industry-aligned opportunities. Work placements, exchange opportunities and collaboration with industry professionals enable students to graduate not only with relevant skills and knowledge, but also with an added insight into how their chosen industry operates.Below is a list by department of the work opportunities and industry partnerships available within your chosen field of study.

industry engagement

Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture

HASSELL Creative Think Hub

Challenging creative minds beyond the known is the driving force behind the collaboration between Curtin and global design firm HASSELL. The collaboration has resulted in the HASSELL/Curtin Creative Think Hub, which provides students with invaluable industry engagement.


SANDitecture is a 12 day assignment run by the School of Built Environment for first year architecture and interior architecture students. The students work in teams to build sand sculptures where they learn the basics of research and conceptualising 3D design. See the video.

The Reading Room Project

An initiative within the Department of Architecture which focuses on integrating design research within teaching. Teams of students build eco-friendly reading pods which are displayed across Curtin’s Bentley campus. Learn more.

Lakhnu Sustainable Rural Development Project

Since 2009, a project team comprising of key researchers at Curtin University and local non-government organization IREAD (Indian Rural Education and Development) have been engaging with an Indian village to empower the local community at Lakhnu while developing a model of best practice in research and teaching. Since then extensive primary and secondary research has been undertaken both to gain a holistic understanding of the issues that Lakhnu face as a developing rural village and how these can be alleviated.  Learn more.

Department of Construction Management

International learning

Every year, construction management students have the opportunity to participate in an international work experience. In 2014, ten construction management students went to Yogyakarta where they worked through a hypothetical disaster situation to develop a relief plan for the emergency. Read the full story.

Project Management Associations

Our Project Management courses are industry-aligned and accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).


Our Construction Management courses are accredited by the Australian Institute of Building, the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. This course if also accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, if certain requirements are met.

Department of Planning and Geography

Chartered Institute of Building Challenge

The CIOB Global Student Challenge is an international construction business challenge supported by MERIT open to all students studying a Bachelors degree level course in the built environment or related field. The challenge aims to identify and shape the construction leaders of tomorrow. In 2015, Curtin’s team was shortlisted and traveled to Hong Kong to participate in the finals. Learn more