The Innovation in Applied Design Lab (IAD Lab) is a collaborative cross-disciplinary research laboratory at the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. The lab operates at the forefront of applied research, bridging academic and industry domains, and is broadly cast to examine a range of built environment topics.
The IAD Lab is founded on the belief that only deep collaboration between the entire spectrum of built environment disciplines and their engagement with wider fields of industry will lead to high-quality, meaningful, and innovative research. One of the key focus areas within the lab is the study of industrialised building. This reflects the growing global interest in the transformation of the construction industry towards a more industrialised, smart and sustainable manufacturing industry.
We undertake research projects and initiatives independently or in groups, working directly with industry partners. We assist in providing the necessary research environment to attract funding for research and development projects, and research equipment.
If you are interested in working with the lab please contact the manager, Dr Sarah Breen Lovett.
ITTC15 – ARC
$4 million of ARC funding (approximately). $12 million total budget. (projected 2016-20). University partners: University of Melbourne, Curtin University and Monash University. Industry partners: Modulum and Precision Housing.
CRC Project 2016
Funding $3 million over three years. Industry partners: Lendlease, DesignMake.
As part of the Fres Wind Development project, the University of Sydney, the South Pacific Islands Foundation and the Ohlen Community are collaborating to design and build a new school in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Collaborative Design Project with Cementa Inc and artists from Kandos School of Cultural Appropriation to design a new arts centre in Kandos, NSW.
Funding, $1.3 million total budget (2014-16). Industry partners: Happy Haus, Hutchinson Builders.
$675,000 ARC funding. $2.1 million total budget (2014-18). Industry partners: Vision Developments and Arup.
The mainstay of our research is in the broad area of industrialised building – specifically, prefabricated and modular housing. We work with a variety of industry partners including architects such as BVN, builders including Hutchison Builders and manufacturers such as Happy Haus.