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Our core programs: Architecture & Habitat

Designing Livability
Human Experience

The burgeoning new Architecture and Habitat focus of the CDI looks to combine research into Building Information Technologies and sustainable human settlements in order to innovate in a manner that creates desirable user outcomes that are affordable and practical, optimizing our surrounding environments.

The Architectural spotlight, led by Dr Marcus White, award-winning architect and urban designer, incorporates a range of esteemed historians, expert architects and experienced urban designers that harbour a desire to unpack a range of modern architectural design techniques, while also redefining the way materials are used to create lightweight structures, tackling these issues in a global context.  

Research goals such as these closely intertwine with the work of A/Prof Kurt Seemann, whose efforts leading a wide range of investigators in understanding our constructed human habitat and the ways in which we curate our environment have led to improvements in the human experience in regions susceptible to natural disaster. The new focus of the CDI moves away from purely disaster-relief, to an overarching desire to understand how and why we create habitats and implementing ideas to maximize their efficiency and accessibility for a wider population. 

With a predominant focus on creating real-world outcomes through understanding designed habitats, this new sector promises to create a cohesive approach to refining our constructed habitat in a way that improves the user experience in a meaningful and quantifiable manner.

Prof. Marcus White

Marcus White brings a plethora of experience and sustained excellence to the CDI, joining the team at the beginning of 2018 following several years...

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Prof. Jane Burry

Professor Jane Burry is the Dean of the School of Design in the Faculty of Health Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, formerly...

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Assoc. Prof. Kurt Seemann

Associate Professor Kurt’s research focus is on education and Initial teacher education (ITE) in the context of rural and remote...

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Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek

Academic Director (External Engagement) Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek’s research seeks to advance the role design plays in community belonging...

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Prof. Mark Burry

Professor Mark Burry is one of the most influential architects of his generation, establishing a reputation as a thought leader in the domain of...

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