Architectural & Design Science


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Architectural and Design Science is a discipline with a focus on applying methods from science and engineering to the study of architecture, human environments and design processes. The area encompasses studies in the physical aspects of lighting, daylighting, acoustics, thermal performance, wind effects, noise, structures and construction. It can also includes studies on how people are affected by, react to, and interact with, environments. Research is motivated by the need to understand how the quality of human environments can be optimised, whilst striving for minimal or positive impacts on the natural environment.

The three main foci of the Discipline are sustainable design (with regard to thermal performance, indoor environment quality and best use of materials), sound (acoustics and audio systems), and light (daylighting and illumination). Several leading researchers in Architectural Science within the Faculty provide expert supervision of research leading to higher degrees. The Discipline’s members also run postgraduate coursework programs in architectural and design science, and it is possible to undertake some advanced coursework from these programs with your research studies.