Message from Helen

Welcome to our new format for our bi-weekly update on what's happening in and around the Faculty. It has been a busy couple of weeks with a dynamic and successful open day. I have been overseas securing new research and education partnerships in Korea and Hong Kong. I will be travelling to India next week to interview 2018 Pritzker Prize Winner Doshi Balkrishna. More on this later.

Until the next edition
All the best

Professor Helen Lochhead
Dean, UNSW Built Environment

BE in the media

As extreme heat comes our way and threatens to impact on our buildings, it’s time to acknowledge that the quality of Australia’s urban environment is not on a par with other parts of the world. This article by Mat Santamouris talks about the high cost of buildings in Australia, and the opportunity to increase quality without increasing cost. Read more.

BE Nominations

UNSW BE nominations

Have your say. Be part of the workings of the university. Nominations are open for academic staff and students to the Academic Board and Faculty Board. Submit your nominations by Friday 21 September. Read more.

BE Student Awards

Erin Louise Gonthier, Master of Sustainable Built Environment, UNSW is the winner of the university scholarship from NAWIC. Congratulations Erin. Read more.

BE Upskilled

Mid-session break is the perfect time to complete our BE UPskilled teacher training. Gather tips on how to inspire, motivate, engage and enable students to learn. You will be paid for your time and may claim up to 8 formal CPD points, plus there is a book voucher bonus for early bird completion. Read more.

BE Exhibition

A big thank you to our staff and students involved in bringing the Luminocity Exhibition to life for Open Day. The inspiring display was a great opportunity for our students to work with international design practice HASSELL to showcase their work and to design, fabricate and install the exhibition. Read more.

BE Research

As featured in the Committee for Sydney’s new report titled: Smart engagement.  City Futures Research centre has developed the Envision Scenario Planner; a tool for planners and citizens to design, assess and communicate redevelopment options. It is currently being used to support an urban renewal project in Blacktown. Read more.

BE Involved

UNSW BE Involved Smart Engagement

How can people get involved with the Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation? We are seeking your ideas to help shape the formation of the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge. Both staff and students are invited to attend a forum to discuss ideas for topics and activities and for enthusiastic people to lead them. Read more.

BE Postgraduate Masterclass

UNSW BE Postgraduate masterclass

Join us for our Postgraduate Information and Masterclass Evening. This is your chance to hear from our leading academics and chat with current staff, as well as attend one of our Masterclasses – places are limited, so register now to avoid missing out. Register.

BE Grand Challenges

UNSW BE Prof David Sanderson Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation

I was delighted to hear the news that our Judith Nielsen Chair, Prof David Sanderson will lead the next Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation. Rapid Urbanisation is one of the defining challenges shaping our planet, and David is well placed to help shape UNSW’s leadership on the subject. One of the burning questions is how we can address the inevitability of Rapid Urbanisation through more sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities. Read more.

BE Sustainable

UNSW BE APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape presentation

APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape presentation
With colleagues including Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard; Catherine Evans; Louise McKenzine and two 3rd year Landscape Architecture students Stuart Harris and Mayeesha Shafiq we attended the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape 2018 conference in Hong Kong. A constructive few days developing collaborative research projects and an opportunity to promote UNSW who will host the Sydney SCL 2019 conference. Read more.

BE in Landscape Series

UNSW BE Australia by Design

New Landscape Architecture series
Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, Landscape Architecture lecturer, will feature in the new six part Channel Ten series "Australia by Design" starting 2 September. Sara will judge 30 top projects from around the country showcasing a range of project types and scales, from “parks and open spaces to urban design and infrastructure and private gardens”. Read more.