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.

The architecture research collaborative is the research hub for architectural history, theory and criticism at the University of Sydney, Australia. Arc focuses on the critical, historical and cultural forces that constitute architecture and the broader built environment.

The group is a collaboration of expert academics, consultants and higher-degree research candidates in the areas of: Contemporary Architectural Theory; 20th Century history and theory; Australian architecture; East Asian architecture; European architecture; and; Urban history and theory.

The Architectural Design research group explores innovative design solutions concerning the built environment. The Architectural Design group addresses many areas of research including design innovation, robotic fabrication and sustainable prefabrication in industrialised building. The Innovation in Applied Design Lab operates under this research group.

The Architectural Science research group seeks to understand and manage the phenomena affecting building performance, and also the effects of buildings on external and internal environments, and their occupants. Our research activities are organised into three labs: Indoor Environmental Quality Lab, Spatial Audio + Acoustics Lab, and the Lighting Lab.

The Design Lab is a research group in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, committed to interdisciplinary, design-led research that leads to improved interactions and experiences through and with digital technology.

Research in the Design Lab focuses on three core aspects of design: the process and theory of human-centred design; the design of innovative solutions; and the use of digital products.

Urban and regional planning research has been established in the Faculty since the late 1940s, covering a wide range of subject areas, including international studies with a focus on South-East Asia and the Pacific; metropolitan planning; housing studies; regional policy and many other fields of policy and development. A recently established urban design program provides additional opportunities to conduct research into the design dimensions of urban form. Besides providing individual study areas for research, the Faculty is home to an extensive library collection and the Planning Research Centre, which is an independent university foundation.