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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.

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.
 

Engagement

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

Current funded projects

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

2014
Loschke S, Dong A, Ranzi G, Proust G; Industry Partners: Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd/Research and Development Scheme.

Our researchers

Publications

  • Feifer, L., Imperadori, M., Salvalai, G., Brambilla, A., Brunone, F. (2018). Active House: Smart Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. Cham: Springer.
  • Blanciak, F. (2018), Book review: In Defence of Traditional Urban Patterns? In Built Environment, Vol.44, No. 1 (pp. 120-121).
  • Blanciak, F. (2018). The Yamanote Line as architecture: building on the ruination of urban limits. ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly, 22(2), 161-170.
  • Blanciak, F. (2018). Towards a Leaking Roof: An Experimental Water-Catching Building Design in Hokkaido, Japan. ADR18: Annual Design Research Conference, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Brambilla, A., Gasparri, E., Aitchison, M. (2018). Building with timber across Australian climatic contexts: a hygrothermal analysis. ASA 2018: Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density (ANZAScA), Melbourne: RMIT University.
  • Brambilla, A., Bonvin, J., Flourentzou, F., Jusselme, T. (2018). Life cycle efficiency ratio: A new performance indicator for a life cycle driven approach to evaluate the potential of ventilative cooling and thermal inertia. Energy and Buildings, 163(Volume 163), 22-33. 
  • Brambilla, A., Salvalai, G., Imperadori, M., Sesana, M. (2018). Nearly zero energy building renovation: From energy efficiency to environmental efficiency, a pilot case study. Energy and Buildings, 166, 271-283. 
  • Brambilla, A., Bonvin, J., Flourentzou, F., Jusselme, T. (2018). On the influence of thermal mass and natural ventilation on overheating risk in offices. Buildings, 8(4), 1-12. 
  • Cabrera, D., Yadav, M., Reinhardt, D., Holmes, J., Ciccarello, B., Caldwell, H., Hannouch, A. (2018). Experiments with high-back chairs and retroreflective surfaces for increasing the support of one's own voice over short conversational distances. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(1725).
  • Hannouch, A., Caldwell, H., Cabrera, D., Reinhardt, D. (2018). Digital fabrication for retroreflective ceiling treatment: Reducing speech distraction in an open work environment. 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting (CAADRIA 2018), Beijing: Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). 
  • Fernando, S., Weir, S., Reinhardt, D., Hannouch, A. (2018). Towards a multi-criteria framework for stereotomy - Workflows for subtractive fabrication in complex geometries. Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, online (in press). 
  • Gasparri, E., Brambilla, A., Aitchison, M. (2018). Hygrothermal analysis of timber-based external walls across different Australian climate zones. World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul: National Institute of Forest Science. 
  • Globa, A., Subhani, M., Moloney, J., Al-Almeri, R. (2018). Carbon Fiber and Structural Timber Composites for Engineering and Construction. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 24(3), 1-14
  • Globa, A., Ulchitskiy, O., Bulatova, E. (2018). The effectiveness of parametric modelling and design ideation in architectural engineering. Naucnaa Visualizacia, 10(1), 99-109.
  • Hannouch, A., Caldwell, H., Cabrera, D., Reinhardt, D. (2018). Non-Standard Production of Retroreflective Ceiling Treatment - Reducing Speech Distraction In An Open Work Environment. 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting (CAADRIA 2018), Beijing: Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).
  • Houda, M., Reinhardt, D. (2018). Structural optimisation for 3D printing bespoke geometries. 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting (CAADRIA 2018), Beijing: Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).
  • Khoo, C., Wang, R., Globa, A., Moloney, J. (2018). Prototyping a human-building interface with multiple mobile robots. 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting (CAADRIA 2018), Beijing: Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).
  • Kuzmanovska, I., Gasparri, E., Tapias-Monne, D., Aitchison, M. (2018). Tall timber buildings: emerging trends and typologies. World Conference on Timber Engineering, Seoul: National Institute of Forest Science.
  • Lassen, C., Willis, J. (2018). The Sydney School. In Andrew Leach and Lee Stickells (Eds.), Sydney School: Formative Moments in Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, (pp. 105-120). Melbourne: Uro.
  • Moloney, J., Spehar, B., Globa, A., Wang, R. (2018). The affordance of virtual reality to enable the sensory representation of multi-dimensional data for immersive analytics: from experience to insight. Journal of Big Data, 5(1), 1-19.
  • Muslimin, R. (2018). A Grammatical Investigation of Utzon's Spherical Schema Evolution. Nexus 2018 conference: Relationships between Architecture and Mathematics, Pisa: University of Pisa and Kim Williams Books.
  • Muslimin, R. (2018). Networking the Creative Processes across Structural Design Space. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium: Creativity in Structural Design, Boston: IASS.
  • Muslimin, R. (2018). Parametric, grammatical, and perceptual iterations on structural design synthesis. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 32(3), 269-281.
  • Reinhardt, D., Candido, C., Cabrera, D., Wozniak-O'Connor, D., Watt, R., Bickerton, C., Titchkosky, N., Houda, M. (2018). Onsite robotic fabrication for flexible workspaces: Towards design and robotic fabrication of an integrated responsive ceiling system for a workspace environment. 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting (CAADRIA 2018), Beijing: Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).
  • Reinhardt, D., Titchkosky, N. (2018). Design Research between Academia and Practice: Systems Reef - Developing an Integrated Robot Woven Ceiling Structure. ADR18: Annual Design Research Conference, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Reinhardt, D., Muslimin, R. (2018). Design Systems/Systems Design Computational Strategies for Design, Fabrication and Interdisciplinary Collaborations. In Duanfang Lu (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History, (pp. forthcoming). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Reinhardt, D. (2018). The sound of space in 3 robotic prototypes: Introducing 6-axis robotic fabrication to shape macroand micro-geometries for acoustic performance. A|Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, 15(1), 79-92. Weir, S 2018, 'Salvador Dali's Interiors with Heraclitus's Concealment', in G Marinic (ed), The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Routledge, New York.
  • Weir, S., Wozniak-O'Connor, D., Watt, R., Reinhardt, D., Fernando, S., Dibbs, J. (2018). Design and Fabrication of a ruled surface vault with the Exquisite Corpse. Nexus Network Journal, 20(3), 723-740.  
  • Weir, S. (2018). Dali's Surrealist Architectural Predictions. Cathedral Thinking Symposium, Sydney: SADP University of Sydney.
  • Weir, S., Wozniak-O'Connor, D., Watt, R., Masuda, R. (2018). Exquisite Corpse Vault. ADR18: Annual Design Research Conference, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Weir, S. (2018). Salvador Dali's Interiors with Heraclitus's Concealment. In Gregory Marinic (Eds.), The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, (pp. 195-201). Oxon: Routledge. 
  • Weir, S. (2018). The Arts of Architecture. In Andrew Leach and Lee Stickells (Eds.), Sydney School: Formative Moments in Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, (pp. 58-70). Melbourne: Uro.
     
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.