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December 2015
Sydney to host global conference on robotics in architecture - March 2016   View Summary
17 December 2015
ROB ARCHSydney, Australia will host the largest gathering of robotics researchers in architecture and design from around the world in March 2016. ROB|ARCH2016 will be hosted by the University of Sydney in collaboration with five other Australian universities from 15-19 March at Walsh Bay on Sydney Harbour.
Vale Jennifer Taylor (1935-2015)   View Summary
11 December 2015
Architect, scholar, teacher and author, Jennifer Taylor made a significant contribution to Australian architecture during her long career. As a lecturer and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney from 1970-1998,
Innovation in Architectural Design award winners   View Summary
9 December 2015
Emmy Omagari Winning Arch ModelThe Innovation in Architectural Design awards were presented by our platinum and premier sponsors: NSW Architects Registration Board, Bates Smart, Austral Bricks and CHROFI
Rod Simpson appointed to the Greater Sydney Commission   View Summary
7 December 2015
The University of Sydney's Associate Professor Rod Simpson from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has been appointed the Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission.
Vale Ken Woolley (AM), architect, scholar, innovator   View Summary
7 December 2015
ken wooleyKen Woolley (1933-2015) enjoyed a distinguished career that spanned some sixty years during which he made a lasting contribution to the development of Sydney's architecture and more recently, played an active role as adjunct professor in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Bold designs by architecture students to real city challenges   View Summary
3 December 2015
Graduate Exhibition 2015Each year the University of Sydney's Architecture Graduate Exhibition presents bold designs by final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have reimagined important city landmarks and spaces in response to hypothetical briefs. This year's design showcase, which officially opens on Thursday 3 December, is no exception.
November 2015
University of Sydney architecture students scoop the pool   View Summary
20 November 2015
University of Sydney architecture students scoop the poolCongratulations to University of Sydney students Ana Subotic, Tye McBride and Tiffany Liew, Felicity Cain, Kieran Richards and alumni Casey Bryant, Alison Huynu, Glenn Harper, Thomas Rubenach, Katherine Fife and Nicholas Papas who were all awarded Byera Hadley Travelling scholarships at a function in Sydney on Wednesday evening.
Industry scouts for digital disrupters at graduate show   View Summary
17 November 2015
ANTHELION graduate exhibition 2015A growing number of major Australian corporates are supporting the University of Sydney's annual Design Lab graduate show to find and nurture the brightest emerging talent for the new era of digital disruption.
October 2015
Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?   View Summary
29 October 2015
liveable-citiesFoundation essay: The Conversation has appointed a cities and policy editor to lead our coverage of the myriad issues affecting the urban centres where nine out of ten Australians live. This article sets the scene for exploring the many challenges facing cities today, as well as presenting solutions to the problems and highlighting the opportunities of life in the modern city.
Ochre, Spinifex & Foil unlocks new science, industry and design potential   View Summary
27 October 2015
Ochre, Spinifex & Foil unlocks new science, industry and design potentialIn a stunning new exhibition at the University of Sydney's Tin Sheds Gallery, Ochre, Spinifex & Foil (OSF) investigates three materials embedded in Indigenous history and culture and unlocks their science and creative potential in art, architecture and manufacturing.
A student trifecta for Sculpture by the Sea   View Summary
23 October 2015
A student trifecta for Sculpture by the SeaThree teams of students from the University of Sydney are exhibiting in the world's largest temporary sculpture park, Sculpture by the Sea, which kicks off this weekend along the popular two kilometre Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk.
The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning appoints new Associate Dean, Research.   View Summary
15 October 2015
robyn dowlingAs part of its ongoing commitment to research, the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Robyn Dowling as the new Associate Dean, Research. Professor Dowling's research focus in urban studies compliments the Faculty's existing strength.
RIBA Fellowship awarded to Architecture alumna Kate Goodwin   View Summary
7 October 2015
riba fellowshipThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced that Kate Goodwin, University of Sydney BSc(Arch)'99 and BArch'03, has been awarded a 2016 RIBA Honorary Fellowship.
September 2015
Faculty alumnae selected for inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial   View Summary
23 September 2015
chicago biennialThe Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is delighted to announce its sponsorship of alumnae Grace Mortlock (BDesArch'09, M.Arch'12) and David Neustein (BDesArch'04) of otherothers who have been selected as Australia's representatives at the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial. Working with Other Architects that was founded by David and his father, Michael (B.Arch'71), Grace and David (pictured with Michael) have responded to the Biennial's theme with a project that aims to challenge the international image of Australian architecture, focusing on suburban stud-frame houses rather than cutting-edge holiday homes.
Design Computing graduate to exhibit at the 2015 Beijing Design Week   View Summary
21 September 2015
4 key Australian representatives to exhibit at the 2015 Beijing Design Week (BJDW)Steven Bai (Bachelor of Design Computing, First Class Honours), has been selected as one of 4 key Australian representatives to exhibit at the 2015 Beijing Design Week (BJDW), 23 September - 7 October. The annual city-wide event is co-hosted by the Municipal Government of Beijing and the three national Ministries of Education, Culture, Science and Technology to nurture a culture of design in a Chinese context.
Chinese investment in residential real estate amounts to just 2%   View Summary
15 September 2015
 Chinese investmentThe scale of Chinese investment in the Australian residential property market continues to polarise public opinion. Chinese buyers are often blamed for driving up house prices in Australia and causing the current affordability crisis.
Five great myths about the housing market   View Summary
3 September 2015
Five great myths about the housing marketWith home ownership a fading dream for an increasing number of Australians, it's time to bust some myths about the housing market. Here's the top five by urban and regional planning and policy experts at the University of Sydney, Professor Peter Phibbs and Professor Nicole Gurran.
Home truths about urbanisation   View Summary
3 September 2015
Home truths about urbanisationA committed urbanist, Lord Mayor Clover Moore delivered the opening address of the 2015 Festival of Urbanism at the University of Sydney.
Robots and humans shake up design   View Summary
3 September 2015
robotos research designFabricating Futures: Robots. Research. Design. is a four-day exhibition and panel discussion that will be staged by the University of Sydney (10-13 September), exploring the latest trends in robotics and digital technology that are driving innovation.
August 2015
Australian students announced for 2016 MADE exchange    View Summary
27 August 2015
The Sydney Opera House has announced the Australian participants in the 2016 MADE by the Opera House scholarship, the international exchange that extends architect Jørn Utzon's collaborative approach to architecture, engineering and design.
Exploring Opportunities for International Engagement   View Summary
25 August 2015
As part of the Faculty's growing engagement with leading international institutions, Professor John Redmond, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, was pleased to welcome Professor Zhenyu Li, Dean of CAUP (College of Architecture and Urban Planning) Tongji University, Shanghai during a recent visit to Sydney.
Faculty staff and alumni scoop NSW Architecture Awards   View Summary
25 August 2015
Staff and alumni from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning have won four top awards handed out by the Australian Institute of Architects during the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards.
Faculty Leaders Share Knowledge and Cross Collaboration with Tongji University, Shanghai   View Summary
25 August 2015
Professor Richard de Dear, IEQ Lab and Director, High Performance Buildings, recently visited CAUP (College of Architecture and Urban Planning) Tongji University, Shanghai where he addressed the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture.
Urban myth-busters set the record straight on the real city problems   View Summary
7 August 2015
Are foreign investors forcing Aussies out of the property market? Will building more houses bring prices down? Does building more roads really reduce traffic congestion? These questions and more will be tackled at the University of Sydney's second Festival of Urbanism from 1 - 10 September.
Be a future leader in architecture   View Summary
6 August 2015
cis leadership scholarshipThe University of Sydney's Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS) is offering a is a unique opportunity for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake a 3-year fully funded undergraduate degree
July 2015
Women architects debate future ways to work   View Summary
28 July 2015
The University of Sydney in collaboration with Parlour Inc will host a panel of four powerhouse women architects for a robust debate on changes needed in architecture to create a more equitable and sustainable profession in the future.
Vale Trevor Howells   View Summary
10 July 2015
In this past week, Trevor Howells, renowned architect, architectural writer and academic unexpectedly passed away.
June 2015
Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan   View Summary
24 June 2015
The widening cracks in Australia's housing system can no longer be concealed. The extraordinary recent debate has laid bare both the depth of public concern and the vacuum of coherent policy to promote housing affordability. The community is clamouring for leadership and change.
A day in the life of women in architecture   View Summary
22 June 2015
Parlour Inc, a fast-growing, not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equity in the architecture industry, will hold its first Sydney event at the University of Sydney next month.
$4M research grant to innovate prefabricated housing industry   View Summary
12 June 2015
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.
Research goes nuts - architects and engineers to develop new Microtimber   View Summary
3 June 2015
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.
May 2015
Musified games and gamified music at the Seymour Centre for Vivid   View Summary
28 May 2015
Musify+Gamify, a new exhibition and series of live performances at the Seymour Centre, was launched last night as part of Vivid Sydney. The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning's Dr Oliver Bown and Dr Lian Loke are the curators of the cutting-edge program, which sees collaborations between experimental musicians, video game designers and interaction artists.
Intercellular lights up the Quadrangle for Vivid   View Summary
26 May 2015
The University of Sydney has been transformed into a glittering canvas of light, live performance and inspiring ideas at the official launch of Vivid Path to the Future last night.
Architectural solutions for our storm ravaged coastlines   View Summary
18 May 2015
Earlier this year ten of our top Masters of Architecture students undertook research to explore the coastal conditions of Australia and Chile, and to tackle issues surrounding coastal erosion along the two corresponding coastlines.
Top of the table for Architecture/Built Environment in latest QS World University Rankings   View Summary
4 May 2015
The 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject released this week has seen the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney ranked 1st in the state, 2nd in Australia and 17th in the world.
Bottom up city planning in Indonesia exposes students to the real world   View Summary
4 May 2015
While Australian cities grapple with increasing urban density, students from the University of Sydney recently visited Indonesia to study a rising number of settlements known as informal urbanism, the way a quarter of the world's population lives today.
April 2015
Archiving Seasons of Light: Erieta Attali on Kengo Kuma   View Summary
28 April 2015
New York based architectural photographer Erieta Attali will exhibit a series of photographs that document two famous projects by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma
March 2015
New architecture and planning staff to foster research and industry networks   View Summary
26 March 2015
Several new staff appointments have been made by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning to foster its research and industry networks.
A weapon of mass creation to improve office building comfort   View Summary
19 March 2015
A group of researchers from the University of Sydney's Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Lab has developed world-leading technology to measure and improve the indoor human comfort factor of office buildings.