Domain - Focus - Aspiration

The Faculty’s domain is the designed environment, from its conception and design, to its inhabitation and performance. The Faculty is committed to the contribution the designed environment makes culturally as an aesthetic practice and materially as the basis for improving the human habitat. To undertake its work it uses the methodologies of architecture, social science, design, science, art, and the humanities. The Faculty’s focus is on process, outcome and analysis.

The Faculty has four overarching disciplines, Architecture, Design, Urban & Regional Planning & Policy, and Architectural & Design Science, each of which has sub-disciplines and, cross linked sub-disciplines both within the Faculty and with other parts of the University.

The Faculty’s objective in research is both to develop knowledge, understanding and critique of its field and to undertake work, which explores the cutting edge of what its disciplines do and offer to humanity. Its research work may be theory based studies - resulting in publication outcomes, or research-practice based outcomes - resulting in systems, artefacts, art, media, or buildings.

The Faculty aspires to be, and to be recognised as, one of the international leaders in education and research in architecture, design and planning. There is strong community interest and high quality demand for its disciplines, strong professional and industry demand, and the pressing need at all levels of society and government for an improved and sustainable built environment. The strength and quality of this demand indicates that the Faculty should significantly expand in order to meet this demand, and to address the major societal
and economic challenges of generating appropriate and sustainable built environments.

The Faculty will examine the possibilities for a major expansion of its activities and its engagements. In particular, in the next period, it will explore the possibilities of increasing its undergraduate load,
its postgraduate coursework load, its HDR load and its research and research income.

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