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Message from the Head of School

I am pleased to share with you UNSW Built Environment's BE In Review. Published annually, BE In Review is a compilation of the research, insights and shared successes in the built environment in 2022/23.

This past year, UNSW BE’s talented students and alumni have been successful in both global and national awards. Our research has been recognised at the highest level with our researchers receiving $11.5m in new grant funding to develop new knowledge and tackle some of the most significant challenges in our fields. I invite you to read my introduction and explore BE In Review in more detail...more

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ARC Next-Gen Architectural Manufacturing Centre

This new $4.9m Centre will build advanced architectural manufacturing skills within Australia’s architectural workforce. It will harness digital sustainability to automate workflows, optimise design processes, develop ways to harness big data in design, and provide the business case for the widespread digitisation of the architectural industry...more

UNSW Researchers Recognised

UNSW was named as the top research institution in the field of Architecture by The Australian, in their annual Research Magazine for the second year running. Throughout the year Built Environment academics were also recognised in national and international awards…more

Attracting, Retaining and Empowering Women in Construction

UNSW Built Environment researchers were awarded $2.3m by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women. This project will develop tools and training to attract, retain and empower women in construction…more

UNSW Built Environment Awarded Three ARC Discovery Projects

UNSW Built Environment researchers were awarded three ARC Discovery Projects with total funding of $1.5 million. These include projects that will assess architectural aesthetics using neurophysiological and machine-learning techniques, develop fluorescent daytime radiative cooling technologies and investigate the key ideas which have shaped modern planning in Australia...more

Smart Regional Spaces: Ready Set Go!

UNSW Built Environment and the University of Sydney are partnering with the Department of Regional NSW to work together to create smart places and enable equitable digital inclusion for all communities in regional NSW. This $2.24 million project will provide regional councils and communities with the tools to enable them to identify smart initiatives, as well as co-design their own journey to improved local services and public spaces…more

Student Award Winners

Students from across Built Environment programs won awards nationally and internationally, including the IFI Global Awards, Designers Australia Awards, and the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work…more

Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ of WOHA appointed as Seidler Chairs

The founding directors of Singapore-based practice WOHA have been appointed as Seidler Chairs in the Practice of Architecture, following on from Professor Glenn Murcutt…more

UNSW, PEXA and Frontier SI launch Slate Analytics

In July 2022, a new commercial partnership between UNSW, PEXA and Frontier SI launched a data-driven toolkit that rapidly calculates property valuations to inform urban development…more

UNSW Launch Cities Institute

The UNSW Cities Institute will develop new, long-term and integrated visions and roadmaps for cities. It will drive impactful cross-disciplinary research from across UNSW and beyond to inform policy design and implementation…more

Unrealised Sydney

Hosted at the Museum of Sydney, this exhibition was guest curated by UNSW Professor of City Planning, Robert Freestone. It captured the Sydney that could have been – visions of buildings, precincts and architectural designs that never made it past the drawing board...more

Utzon Lecture Collective

Over the past twelve years we have welcomed over 50 architects, designers, industry experts and researchers from around the world to give Utzon Lectures. In 2022, the Utzon Lecture Collective was born to make this rich collection of knowledge accessible in a single location…more

Luminocity: Celebrating our students’ work

Luminocity is the annual UNSW Built Environment showcase of our undergraduate student work from across the School. The exhibition celebrates the breadth and diversity of our student work, their creativity, empathy and passion...more

Top 50

in the world for Architecture and Built Environment

QS World University Rankings, 2022
Joint 1st

in Australia for Architecture, Building and Urban and Regional Planning

Australian Research Council’s 2018 ERA – Excellence in Research in Australia

employable students

AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards, 2021
Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW is located on the unceded territory of the Bedegal (Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and Paddington campuses) and Ngunnawal peoples (UNSW Canberra) who are the Traditional Owners of the lands where each campus of UNSW is situated.

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