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Curtin University

Welcome to Built Environment


The School is comprised of three Departments: Architecture & Interior Architecture, Construction Management and Urban & Regional Planning.

All of the disciplines in the School are concerned with quality of life and lifestyle issues ranging from sustainable environmental design to product design and art. Students from many countries are attracted to the School's courses and, in addition, a number of the courses are offered offshore through partner institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the Peoples Republic of China. These international partnerships provide excellent opportunities for cross-cultural engagement within the teaching and learning environment.

The School is committed to excellence and quality in the delivery of its teaching programs. Its component Departments currently hold the University's 2002 Teaching Excellence Award and the 2003 Ethics, Equity and Social Justice prize and students in the School are frequent winners of national and international awards. The teaching programs in the School are constantly reviewed and monitored to ensure quality outcomes in an increasingly demanding and competitive graduate environment. In addition, many of its programs are professionally accredited to maintain relevance to the professions where the majority of graduates find their future employment.

The School prides itself on strong and constructive links with its students and sees its educational role evolving out of a partnership between its staff and students. We aim to provide our students with a sense of identity, purpose and confidence but most importantly to share with us the enjoyment and challenge of learning in a University environment.

Department of Architecture & Interior Architecture

Students are encouraged to address both the interior and exterior aspects of building design, which requires both creative and analytical skills. These skills are developed over the duration of the course through a thorough understanding of the needs of the community, the environment and the client. Both Architecture and Interior Architecture students are involved in the design of places in which people live, work and play. Students explore the efficient use of space, human comfort criteria, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, urban design, building conservation and heritage issues. Graduates are highly regarded both nationally and internationally.

Department of Construction Management

The construction industry is a significant sector of the country's economy. The breadth of the Construction Management program at Curtin means that students are able to select from a broad range of diverse career paths within the construction industry resulting in excellent employment prospects. The course is the only such program offered in West Australia and is also successfully run in Singapore and Hong Kong. Students learn how to deal with the many managerial, technical and economic problems that occur within the stimulating environment of construction projects. The Department also offers a very strong Postgraduate coursework program in Project Management.

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

A major focus of the Urban & Regional Planning courses is to draw on inter-disciplinary knowledge and technologies to address environmental, social, lifestyle, conservation and design issues in the community. Career opportunities for graduates from the Urban & Regional Planning course are extremely strong and planners are in significant demand throughout Western Australia, Australia and internationally. The Department also offers a coursework Master Degree providing access to a professional course in planning for students with first discipline degrees other than planning.

Commencing in 2007 the Department of Urban & Regional Planning will be offering a new graduate program in Urban Design in collaboration with the University of WA. This initiative combines the established academic and research strengths in Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning at Curtin with those in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UWA. The unique advantage of this program is its delivery through the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia, offering students hands-on service learning opportunities and exposure to the UDC's design consultancy and research projects.
Find out more about the Graduate Urban Design Program