The Faculty is recognised for excellence in the field of architectural history and theory with expertise in the fields of East Asia, Japan, China, Korea and Australian architecture. Further, this Faculty was the first to teach courses in heritage conservation in Australia. Research degrees may be completed in one of three key areas: Architectural History and Theory, Heritage Conservation and Housing. Research studies in Architectural History and Theory examine theories, models and parameters for the creation of architecture and the physical outcome of these. Heritage Conservation research studies encompass architectural, landscape and cultural heritage. Housing research is supported by the Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Centre within the Faculty and includes related issues such as economic and community development both within Australia and in South East Asia.
The discipline is home to the Architecture: Critical + Clinical Research Cluster, led by Professor Sandra Kaji-O'Grady and Chris Smith.