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Innovation in Applied Design Lab

Solving problems through applied design research and innovation
We operate at the forefront of applied design research and innovation, bridging academic and industry domains, examining a broad range of built environment problems and developing appropriate solutions.

The Innovation in Applied Design Lab (IAD Lab) is a collaborative cross-disciplinary research laboratory at the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. The lab operates at the forefront of applied research, bridging academic and industry domains, and is broadly cast to examine a range of built environment topics.

The IAD Lab is founded on the belief that only deep collaboration between the entire spectrum of built environment disciplines and their engagement with wider fields of industry will lead to high-quality, meaningful, and innovative research. One of the key focus areas within the lab is the study of industrialised building. This reflects the growing global interest in the transformation of the construction industry towards a more industrialised, smart and sustainable manufacturing industry.

Engagement

We undertake research projects and initiatives independently or in groups, working directly with industry partners. We assist in providing the necessary research environment to attract funding for research and development projects, and research equipment.

If you are interested in working with the lab please contact the manager, Dr Sarah Breen Lovett.

Current funded projects

ITTC15 – ARC
$4 million of ARC funding (approximately). $12 million total budget. (projected 2016-20). University partners: University of Melbourne, Curtin University and Monash University. Industry partners: Modulum and Precision Housing.

CRC Project 2016
Funding $3 million over three years. Industry partners: Lendlease, DesignMake.

As part of the Fres Wind Development project, the University of Sydney, the South Pacific Islands Foundation and the Ohlen Community are collaborating to design and build a new school in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Collaborative Design Project with Cementa Inc and artists from Kandos School of Cultural Appropriation to design a new arts centre in Kandos, NSW.

LP13
$675,000 ARC funding. $2.1 million total budget (2014-18). Industry partners: Vision Developments and Arup.

Our researchers

  • Professor Mathew Aitchison (Director)
  • Dr Sarah Breen Lovett (Manager & Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Dr Rachel Couper (Project Manager & Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Dr Arianna Brambilla (Lecturer and Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Dr David Tapias Monne (Lecturer and Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Dr Eugenia Gasparri (Post Doctoral Research Fellow)
  • Dr Rizal Muslimin (Lecturer)
  • Associate Professor Martin Tomisch (Head of Design Lab)
  • Duncan Maxwell (PhD Candidate)
  • Robert Doe (PhD Candidate)
  • Ben Slee (PhD Candidate)
  • Toktam Bashirzadeh Tabrizi (PhD Candidate)
  • Alexandra McRobert (PhD Candidate)
  • Jonathan Nelson (PhD Candidate)
  • Andrew Burns (PhD Candidate)
  • Graham Day (PhD Candidate)
  • Ivana Kuzmanovska (PhD Candidate)
  • Alex Nankivell (Research Assistance)
  • Hannah May Devine (Research Assistance)
  • Rohan Kaizad Dorabjee (Research Assistance)
  • Callum Parker (Research Assistance)

 

Publications

  • Aitchison, Mathew et.al., Product to Process: Prefab Housing and the Future of Building, (London: Lund Humphries, 2018).
  • Brambilla, A., Bonvin, J., Flourentzou, F., Jusselme, T. (2018). Life cycle efficiency ratio: A new performance indicator for a life cycle driven approach to evaluate the potential of ventilative cooling and thermal inertia. Energy and Buildings, 163 (Volume 163), 22-33. 
  • Aitchison, Mathew. “A House is not a Car (Yet), Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 71. 1. pp. 10-21 2017.
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. 'The Impact of Different Insulation Options on the Life Cycle Energy Demands of a Hypothetical Residential Building'. Procedia Engineering, 180, (2017): 128-135.
  • Brambilla, A., Alavi, H., Verma, H., Lalanne, D., Jusselme, T., Andersen, M. (2017). 'Our inherent desire for control': a case study of automation's impact on the perception of comfort. Energy Procedia, 122, pp. 925-930.
  • Brambilla, A., Salvalai, G., Tonelli, C., Imperadori, M. (2017). Comfort analysis applied to the international standard 'Active House': The case of RhOME, the winning prototype of Solar Decathlon 2014. Journal of Building Engineering, 12, 210-218.
  • Brambilla, A., Jusselme, T. (2017). Preventing overheating in offices through thermal inertial properties of compressed earth bricks: A study on a real scale prototype. Energy and Buildings, 156(1 December 2017), 281-292 
  • Soret, G.M, D. Lázaro, J. Carrascal, D. Alvear, M. Aitchison, J.L. Torero, 'Thermal Characterisation of building assemblies by means of transient data assimilation'. In Energy and Buildings, 155, August 2017
  • Aitchison, Mathew and John Macarthur, 'Prefabricated Housing in Architectural Culture,' in Smith, R.E. & Quale, J. (Eds.) Offsite: Fabricating a Post- Industrial Society. (Taylor & Francis: 2016). 
  • Knapp, C. & Nelson, J. Marinic, G. & Gregory, A. (Eds.), Cellular tessellation. Blur d3, d3 Publications, 2016, 2, 105-110.
  • Knapp, C. & Nelson, J. Marinic, G. & Qureshi, Z. (Eds.),Towards an efficacious architecture through generative design and digital fabrication, International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design, University of Houston, 2016, iv.
  • Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2016, 787-796.
  • Aitchison, Mathew. 'Pevsner’s Kunstgeographie: From Leipzig’s Baroque to the Englishness of Modern English Architecture,' In, The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980, edited by Andrew Leach, John Macarthur and Maarten Delbeke, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015): 109-18. 
  • Aitchison, Mathew and John Macarthur. 'Offsite Construction in Architectural Culture.' In Offsite: Constructing a Post-Industrial Future, edited by Ryan Smith and John D. Quale. London: Routledge, (26/02/2015), for publication 2015. 
  • Birt, James, Jonathan Nelson and Dirk Hovorka. 'Interdisciplinary Translation of Comparative Visualization.' In Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Conference on Information Systems, Adelaide, November 30 – 4 December 2015.
  • Birt, James, Jonathan Nelson and Dirk Hovorka. 'Towards a Pedagogy of Comparative Visualization in 3d Design Disciplines.' In Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Perth, November 29 – 2 December 2015. 
  • Doe, Robert, and Mathew Aitchison. 'Computational design of prefabricated modular homes.' Paper read at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), Singapore, April 13-14, 2015.
  • Doe, Robert, and Mathew Aitchison. 'Multi-criteria optimisation in the design of modular homes.' Paper read at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), Vienna, September 16-18, 2015. 
  • Knapp, Chris and Jonathan Nelson. 'Resolution of Complex Composite Envelopes through Generative Computation and Digital Fabrication: A Case Study in Application of the Voronoi Tessellation.' Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), Singapore, April 13-14 (2015): 15–23.
  • Knapp, Chris, Jonathan Nelson and Andrew Kudless. 'Arclight: A Digitally Fabricated Light Installation.' In Proceedings of the 2015 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture Conference, Cincinatti, October 22-24, 2015.
  • Schwartz, Thibault, Sebastian Andraos, Jonathan Nelson, Chris Knapp and Bertrand Arnold. 'Towards on-site Collaborative Robotics: Voice control, co-speech gesture & Context-Specific Object Recognition via ad-hoc Communication.' In Proceedings from the 2016 Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design Conference, Sydney, March 18-19, 2015.
  • Slee, Ben, and Professor Richard Hyde. 'The NSW Demountable Classroom: An Analytical Study to Improve This Radical Building Solution for Education.' In Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2015, edited by R.H. Crawford and A. Stephan. University of Melbourne, Forthcoming. 
  • Slee, Ben, and Richard Hyde. 'A Base Line Study for Improving the Environmantal Performance of Demountable Classrooms.' In 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015). Singapore, 2015. 
  • Aitchison, M. 'The Experience of Australian Mining: Building, Planning, and Urbanization,' In, The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial, Building and Planning, edited by Mathew Aitchison. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).
  • Aitchison, M. 'Industrial Architecture, Past and Present,' In, The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, edited by Mathew Aitchison. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014). 
  • Aitchison, M. (ed.). The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014.
  • Aitchison, M. 'Back to the Future: FIFO, Mining and Urbanisation in Australia', In Out of Place (Gwalia) edited by Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully and William Taylor, 267-301. Perth: University of Western Australia, 2014. 
  • Aitchison, M. 'The Experience of Australian Mining: Buildings, Planning and Urbanization', In The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, edited by M. Aitchison, 163-193. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014.
  • Aitchison, M. 'Dongas and Demountables: Four Observations Concerning Prefabricated Housing,' Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Auckland, July 2-5, 2014. 
  • Aitchison, M. '20 shades of beige: lessons from Japanese prefab housing' [Online]. The Conversation, October 2014.
  • Bignell, M. J. 'Tokyo 20/20: Learning from Japanese Prefabricated Housing Manufacturers.' Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Architectural and Civil Engineering 2 (2014): 442-446.
  • Slee, B., Hyde, R., Blair, J. and Junghans, L. 'The NSW Demountable Classroom: A Review of Existing Research and a Proposed Methodology for Future Research.' In 2014 Asia-Pacific solar Research Conference. UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 2014.
  • Bignell, M. J. 'Some Assembly Required: Component and Ensemble in Prefabricated Australian Domestic Construction.' Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 31 (2014): 425–434. 
  • Knapp, C. and Nelson, J. 'Ornament and Craft: Digital Design and the Profession.' ArchBulletin; The Journal of the Australian Institute of Architects, Spring (2014): 14–15. 
  • Knapp, C., Nelson, J. and Parsons, M. 'Constructing Atmospheres, Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture.' Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014), Kyoto, May 14-16 (2014): 149–158.
  • Knapp, C and Nelson, J.'Cellular Tessallation.' ACADIA 2014 Design Agency: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, Los Angeles, October 23-25 (2014): 209-212. 
  • Slee, B., Hyde R., Blair J., and Junghans, L. 'The NSW Demountable Classroom: A Review of Existing Research and a Proposed Methodology for Future Research.' In the 2014 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference. UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 2014.  
  • Slee, B., Upadhyay, A., and Hyde, R. 'Evaluating the Influence of Thermal Mass and Window Size in a Direct Gain System on the Annual and Lifetime Energy Consumption of Domestic Australian Light Weight Construction.' In 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a changing world Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, 2014. 
  • Slee, B., and Hyde, R. 'Towards a New Framework for Improving the Environmental Performance of Demountable Classrooms. A Study in New South Wales, Australia.' In Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48thInternational Conference of the Architectural Science Association edited by F. Madeo and M. A. Schnabel, 291-302/748. Genoa, Italy: Architectural Science Association, 2014.
  • Slee, B., Parkinson T., and Hyde, R. 'Quantifying Useful Thermal Mass: How Much Thermal Mass Do You Need?'. Architectural Science Review 57, no. 4 (2014): 271-85. 
  • Slee, Ben, Thomas Parkinson, and Richard Hyde. 'Can You Have Too Much Thermal Mass?' In Cutting Edge: 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, edited by M. A. Schnabel, 325 - 33 / 692. Hong Kong: The Architectural Science Association, 2013.