Research

The Research wing of the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney is one of the best in the world. We combine cutting edge labs and resources, world-leading researchers and the flexibility and support required for exciting and innovative research.

Our department currently has 99 research students across the Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture) and the Master of Philosophy (Architecture). With the Faculty ranked #1 in Australia and #17 in the world, the time to extend and deepen your expertise is now.

Click here to browse our research areas and strengths. Click here to read about our affiliated academic staff. We look forward to welcoming you, whether as a student, colleague or research fellow.


Research News

Pioneering technology tracks the indoor climate of workplaces

SAMBA (Sentient Ambient Monitoring of Buildings in Australia) is an Australian innovation developed by the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab (IEQ) in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning that tracks in real-time the indoor climate of buildings to deliver healthier workplaces.

Video link here

Festival of Urbanism 2016

We're excited to announce the return of The Festival of Urbanism, 1-12 Aug 2016. This series of talks and events provides a platform for a range of views, academic reflection and critique, international expertise and experience and community discussion to challenge practice and define approaches that maximise the public interest and benefit. The Festival of Urbanism is brought to you by Henry Halloran Trust and Cities Network.

Program and Registration details here

SAMBA in the Australian Financial Review

Professor Richard De Dear from the Faculty's Indoor Environmental Quality Lab discusses the SAMBA - Sentient Ambient Monitoring of Buildings in Australia - device in the Australian Financial Review.

More Information

The Design PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

The Design PhD is a program for architects and designers seeking to be at the forefront of their field and are driven by a commitment to expand the frontiers of their practice.

The Design PhD thesis consists of an experimental design project to develop new knowledge or understanding of the possibilities of the built environment and design and a written work of 30,000 to 50,000 words. The thesis is supported by research methods training, one to one supervision and a collegial research studio with other candidates and Faculty members.

More information about the Design PhD

Talking The Property Council of Australia in The Conversation

Professors Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs write about how The Property Council is shaping the debate around negative gearing this election in The Conversation.

Robot art, architecture and design in live lab: Architecture students explore new ground in robot-driven design and fabrication.

Robots that mimic human hand gestures, do life drawings, and print intricate 2D and 3D clay shapes and structures form a pop-up lab in the new exhibition, Robots in Architecture 2016 - Developing the Future, at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery.


Find out more here

SAMBA makes the final shortlist for the 2016 Good Design Awards

The innovative SAMBA (Sentient Ambient Monitoring of Buildings in Australia) monitoring system produced by the Faculty's Indoor Environmental Quality Lab has made it to the final shortlist for the 2016 Good Design Awards in the category of 'Product Design: Hardware and Building'

Find out more here

Informal Settlements in The Conversation

Associate Professor Paul Jones writes about informal settlements and the upcoming UN Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in The Conversation.

Professor Peter Phibbs on the Powerhouse move

Professor Peter Phibbs weighs in on the controversial Sydney Powerhouse Museum move in the Sydney Morning Herald

Workshop collaborates on new tools for students with disabilities

Students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning collaborated with industry professionals and people living with disabilities in Enabled by Design-athon which workshopped new products and technologies to improve people's lives.

Find out more here

Media Architecture Biennale 2016

"Keeping urban communities engaged is essential to creating liveable cities" says Dr Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney and General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Come June 2016, the Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16) will project Sydney into the digital media spotlight. From June 1st, The Concourse in Sydney's Chatswood will host the world's leading experts in architectural digital technology for 4 days of conferences, seminars and symposia designed to discuss, assess and debate the impact of digital technology in the future design and development of smarter and more liveable cities.

Find out more here

Many Hands Make Light Work

Lend a hand to co-create a collaborative digital artwork and discover the sounds of your hand.

"The future of design is co-creation" says Bruce Ramus, recently appointed to the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, of his new interactive artwork, Many Hands Make Light Work. Ramus was formerly U2's lighting director for 12 years and his company, Ramus Illumination, is one of the world's leading lighting design practices. Working with colleagues across the University of Sydney including Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney College of the Arts, School of Medical Sciences and the ICT Tech lab, Ramus has spearheaded a unique digital artwork that will be open to the public at Central Park Mall's Digital Wall from April 1st.

Find out more here

1st in Australia, 17th globally for Architecture/Built Environment at the University of Sydney

The 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject released on the 22nd of March saw the University of Sydney take the number one position in Australia and 17th in the world in the architecture and built environment disciplines.

Find out more here

FADP is Education Partner for the 2016 Green Cities conference

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning was proud to be the official Education Partner for the Green Cities Conference 2016. Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia (Property Council), Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference for the built environment.

The 2016 conference marked a decade of Green Cities, at the Hilton Sydney, with three days of practical site tours, hands-on masterclasses, fun networking events and inspiring speakers.

Green Cities Conference

Urban Housing Lab and Sydney Urban Lab launch new websites

The Urban Housing Lab@Sydney is funded under the Henry Halloran Trust's research incubator scheme, which includes three year's support to develop a research platform for examining housing market dynamics in Sydney and potential levers for change. Led by Professor Nicole Gurran (urban policy and housing) and Dr Somwrita Sarkar (complex networks, computational models), research fostered within the Incubator will connect to wider scholarship on urban governance, planning, infrastructure, the market and big-data analytics while distilling key implications for policy and practice.

Urban Housing Lab Site

Sydney Urban Lab Site

Rob|Arch 2016

Rob|Arch 2016 took place 13 - 19 March 2016 in Sydney Australia, with Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, Marjo Niemelä and Jane Burry of the University of Sydney as conference chairs.

The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is being harnessed. ROB|ARCH2016 provided hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies as well as a platform for dissemination and an opportunity for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.

RobArch Website

Inequality in Australian Cities - Sydney Urban Lab

The Sydney Urban Lab has been featured in a Huffington Post article by Andrew Giles about income inequality scaling with city size.

Find out more here

Sydney Urban Lab source blog post here

Sydney peak hours worsening

Professor Peter Phibbs talks to The Sydney Morning Herald about worsening peak hours and surging house prices.


Find out more here

The Politics of Housing Affordability

Professors Peter Phibbs and Nicole Gurran talk housing affordability in The Conversation.

Find out more here

What Sydney can learn from Hong Kong about affordable housing

Professor Nicole Gurran is featured on domain.com.au discussing planning and housing supply across London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Find out more here

$4M research grant to innovate prefabricated housing industry

Last month a significant $4 million research grant was awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to establish a training centre over the next four years, which will unlock the enormous potential of Australia's prefabricated housing industry.

Find out more here

Research goes nuts - architects and engineers to develop new Microtimber

Macadamia shells are already used as a biofuel. Australian researchers are now proposing to use the nut's extraordinary properties as a basic element in a new Microtimber, made using pioneering 3D-printing technology. Until now, this technology has been primarily used for small-scale, industrial design products.

Find out more here