The Research wing of the Sydney School 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 Architectural Theory and History Research Group at the University of Sydney advances scholarship in the architectural humanities. With strength in the architectural uptake of continental philosophy, studies in the architectural consequences of postmodern culture, and in the agency of historical knowledge in architecture, the Group provides a platform for the work of approximately fifty academic staff and PhD students.

Each of the Group’s four units maintain a programme of seminars, workshops and other opportunities for discussion and research training. These units focus on architectural theory, Asian architecture and urbanism, civic and sacred modernism, and postmodern culture. All events are open to members of the University community and to members of the general public.

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 Sydney School 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 School 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 School is home to an extensive library collection and the Planning Research Centre, which is an independent university foundation.