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Architectural Design

Leading the way in architectural innovation

We conduct research in architectural design innovation, robotic fabrication and sustainable prefabrication in industrialised buildings, working alongside our industry and university partners.

Our research group explores innovative design solutions for the built environment. We address many areas of research, including design innovation, robotic fabrication and sustainable prefabrication in industrialised building.

We engage with a variety of government, industry and university partners to execute our research projects. The Innovation in Applied Design Lab is embedded within our group.

2018 Annual Design Research Conference

27 - 28 September 2018 

The inaugural Annual Design Research Conference 2018 (ADR18) is devoted to design research in built environment fields; architecture, landscape, interior, and urban design.


We collaborate with a variety of industry partners. These include:

Current funded projects

$675,000 Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. $2.1 million total budget (2014-17). Industry partners: Vision Developments and Arup.

$500,000 Queensland Government funding, $1.3 million total budget (2014-16). Industry partners: Happy Haus, Hutchinson Builders.

$4 million ARC funding (approximately). $12 million total budget. (projected 2016-20). University partners: University of Melbourne, Curtin and Monash universities. Industry partners: Modulum, Tektum and Richard Kirk Architects.

CRC Project 2016  
$7.5 million, federal government funding $3 million over three years. Industry partners: Lendlease, DesignMake.


Our researchers


  • Weir, S 2018, 'Salvador Dali's Interiors with Heraclitus's Concealment', in G Marinic (ed), The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Routledge, New York.
  • Aitchison, M. (2017). A house is not a car (Yet). Journal of Architectural Education, 71(1), 10-21.
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2017). The Impact of Different Insulation Options on the Life Cycle Energy Demands of a Hypothetical Residential Building. Procedia Engineering, 180, 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, 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.
  • Guillery, P., Kroll, D. (2017). Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London's Past for a Sustainable Future. United Kingdom: RIBA Publishing.
  • Gusheh, M., Lassen, C. (2017). Marie Short House: Glenn Murcutt. In David Leatherbarrow and Alexander Eisenschmidt (Eds.), The Companions to the History of Architecture, (pp. 575-584). Online: Wiley.
  • Soret, G., Lazaro, D., Carrascal, J., Alvear, D., Aitchison, M., Torero, J. (2017). Thermal characterization of building assemblies by means of transient data assimilation. Energy and Buildings, 155, 128-142.
  • Tawa, M. (2017). Consilient Discrepancy: Porosity and Atmosphere in Cinema and Architecture. Architecture_MPS, 11(3).
  • Lassen, C. (2016). Making New: Heritage Conservation and Contemporary Expression. In Judith OCallaghan, Paul Hogben and Robert Freestone (Eds.), Sydney's Martin Place: A cultural and design history. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. (forthcoming)
  • Reinhardt, D. (2016). Coral|Colony - from Singularities of Mathematical Code to Relational Networks. Architectural Theory Review, 20(3), 350-364. 
  • Reinhardt, D., Burry, J., Saunders, R. (2016). Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016. Vienna: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  • Aitchison, M. (2015). Pevsner’s Kunstgeographie: From Liepzig’s Baroque to the Englishness of Modern English Architecture. In Andrew Leach, John Macarthur, Maarten Delbeke (Eds.), The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980 (pp. 109-118). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Simon Weir, 'Xenia in Vitruvius’ Greek house: andron, ξείνία and xenia from Homer to Augustus' in The Journal of Architecture. Royal Institute of British Architects, 20/5 2015.
  • Tawa, Michael, (2015). `Mortarium: a provisional lexicon for masonry’, in Ringer, Ron (ed.). Materiality: Brick and Block in Contemporary Australian Architecture. Horsley Park: Dry Press Publishing, 540-553.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Back to the Future: FIFO, Mining and Urbanisation in Australia. In Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully, William M. Taylor (Eds.), Out of Place: Occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition: Gwalia, (pp. 267-301). Crawley: UWA Publishing.
  • Hill, G. (2014). Poetic Measures of Architecture: Martin Heidegger’s ‘Poetically Man Dwells…’, Architectural Research Quarterly, volume 18, number 2.
  • Lassen, C. (2014). Drawn translations: toward and beyond Buhrich’s building. Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 31, pp. 495-504. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Lassen, C., & Gusheh, M. (2014). Silver City Musuem. In P. Goad (Ed.), Augmented Australia: Regenerating Lost Architecture, pp. 74-7. Canberra, Australia: The Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Lassen, C., & Gusheh, M. (2014). Simpson-Lee House. In C. Bruhn, & K. Butler (Eds.), The Forever House: Time-Honoured Australian Homes, pp. 286-299. Port Melbourne: Thames & Hudson.
  • Reinhardt, D., Cabrera, D., Niemela, M., Ulacco, G., Jung, A. (2014). TriVoc: Robotic Manufacturing for Affecting Sound Through Complex Curved Geometries. In Wes McGee, Monica Ponce de Leon (Eds.), Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2014, (pp. 163-180). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Tawa, Michael. (2014) `Vaporous circumambience: towards an architectonics of atmosphere', in Interstices 15: Atmospheres and Affect. Auckland: enigma: he aupiki, 2012.
  • Muslimin, R. (2013). Decoding Passura – Representing the Indigenous Visual Messages Underlying Traditional Icons with Descriptive Grammar. Open Systems: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2013) / Singapore 15-18 May, pp. 781-790.
  • Reinhardt, D, Lian Loke (2013), GOLD (Monstrous Topographies) – Exploring Bodies in Complex Spatiality: Trespassing, Invading, Forging Body(ies), International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design, 'Corporeal Complexities', Spring, issue II, ISBN978-0-9887643-2-3Atrium Press, pp. 54-62.
  • Reinhardt, D. (2013). 'SmartStructures Lab: eVolo Design Competition through Systems of Biomimicry', in: Sharif, Mohamed (2012), Studioplex volume 1: Architecture, a timely matter. UCLA University of California, Los Angeles, pp. 258-265. ISBN:978-4-84617-061-1.
  • Ryan, D. J. (2013).  ‘Les Schémas D'ensoleillement’ in Cloé Pitiot (ed), Eileen Gray Sous La Direction De Cloé Pitiot, Paris: Editions Pompidou.
  • Ryan, D. J. (2013). 'The Hygienic Holiday: The Country Women's Association and the Reform of the Queensland House.' in OPEN: The 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, edited by Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach. Gold Coast, Qld: Griffith University.
  • Muslimin, R. (2012). Recursive Embedding of Gestalt Laws and Shape Grammar. 30th International Conference of Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe 2012, Prague: eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe.
  • Reinhardt, D (ed.), (2012). Youtopia. A Passion for the Dark – Architecture at the Intersection of Digital Processes and Theatrical Performance (Auckland: Freerange Press, 2012), ISBN 978-0-9808689-1-3.
  • Reinhardt, D, Jung, A (2012). House Jones. In: Talbot, A (ed). Rethink: the way you live (Sydney, Murdoch Books Australia, Nov 2012), pp. 258-59. ISBN-10: 1742667570.
  • Tawa, Michael. (2012). `Being (in the midst of) two’: Interstice and deconstitution in cinema and architecture, in Loo, Stephen and Douglas, Andrew (eds.), Technics, Memory and the Architecture of History, Interstices 13, 32-43.
  • Weir, S. (2012). Delirious Catalysis. Horizonte | Zeitschrift fur Architekturdiskurs (Journal of Architectural Discourse), Ausgabe 05 Fruhjahr 2012, (pp. 123 - 128). Weimar, Germany: Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar.
  • Weir, S. (2012). 'Paranoiac Critical Interiorisations: Odysseus in Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Buckminster Fuller’s domes' in IDEA Journal 2012, Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association.


Mathew Aitchison