Associate Professor Bruce Edward Watson
Deputy Dean

Associate Professor Bruce Edward Watson

BArchSci (Syd), BArch (Syd) BFA COFA (UNSW)

Arts,Design & Architecture
ADA Academic and Exec Team

As a member of the leadership team of the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, I take a future focused approach to academic excellence from a business perspective. This means positioning ourselves to stand out amongst our competitors nationally and globally.

I work to align our people authentically with the strategic direction of UNSW and to create innovative, world-class teaching and research products, but I'm also focused on creating a great workplace where people feel valued and are treated with respect always.

My research and teaching background mainly revolved around sustainable futures, design studio learning and teaching, and most recently higher education management and policy. I have practiced as an artist, Architect and interior architect. 

All roads, however, have led to a growing interest and skill set in leadership, and I am thrilled and honoured to now be in position where I can guide, provide governance and influence the overall strategic direction, progress and culture of the Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture at UNSW  

Phone
54835
Location
Dean's Unit Level 5, Red Centre West.

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Morgan S; Pullon S; McKinlay E; Garrett S; Kennedy J; Watson B, 2021, 'Collaborative Care in Primary Care: The Influence of Practice Interior Architecture on Informal Face-to-Face Communication—An Observational Study', Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol. 14, pp. 190 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1937586720939665
    Journal articles | 2017
    Watson BE, 2017, 'Are Secondary School Exiting Rankings (ATAR) the Best Indication of Success within a Design Based University Education?', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. Volume 7, pp. 15 - 21, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_7_No_2_June_2017/3.pdf
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dave MH; Watson B; Prasad D, 2016, 'Performance and perception in prefab housing: An exploratory industry survey on sustainability and affordability', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 676 - 686, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.227
    Journal articles | 2015
    Watson BE, 2015, 'Experience & Expectations Deliverables Disconnects and Connects', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. 5, pp. 24 - 29, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journal/index/875
  • Reports | 2016
    Watson BE; Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A; Prasad D, 2016, Sustainable and Affordable Living through modular homes and communities - FINAL REPORT, Cooperative Research Centres Programme, Australia, RP1011, http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/resources/crc-publications/crclcl-project-reports/rp1011-final-project-report-2016
    Reports | 2015
    Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A; Watson B, 2015, Sustainable Modular Housing Thermal Performance Optimization of the Concept Pod, CRCLCL
    Reports | 2014
    Bilbao J; Dave M; Watson B, 2014, Sustainable and affordable living through modular homes and communities Tylden Pod Temperature and Humidity Observations and Analysis
  • Conference Papers | 2014
    Dave MH; Bilbao J; Dickson J; Watson B; Prasad D; Sproul A, 2014, 'Towards Sustainable Modular Housing: A Case Study of Thermal Performance Optimisation for Australia', in Rawal R; Manu S; Khadpekar N (eds.), 30th International PLEA Conference: Proceedings, CEPT University Press, Ahmedabad, pp. 223 - 230, presented at 30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies, Ahmedabad, 16 December 2014 - 18 December 2014, http://www.plea2014.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PLEA2014_Proceedings_Vol_3.pdf
    Working Papers | 2014
    Watson BE; Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A, 2014, Sustainable and Affordable Living Through Modular, Net Zero Energy, Transportable, and Self-reliant Homes and Communities, UNSW Built Environment, Sydney, http://dx.doi.orghttp://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-1-integrated-building-systems/rp1011-sustainable-and-affordable-living-through
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Watson BE, 2012, 'The possible rivalry between skills and creativity?', in Proceedings International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Universitypublications.net, USA, pp. 71 - 78, presented at Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Gottenhein Germany, 02 December 2012 - 07 December 2012, http://www.openaccesslibrary.org/images/RHS90.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Watson BE, 2012, 'Teaching And Making A Design Research Studio: Apple With Apples', in 2012 European International Education Conference, The Clute Institute, USA, pp. 343 - 349, presented at 2012 European International Education Conference, Rome Italy, 10 June 2012 - 17 June 2012, http://conferences.cluteonline.com/index.php/IAC/2012RM/paper/viewFile/1235/1248
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Marshall N; Zamberlan L; Watson BE, 2010, 'A Vertical Studio: What Can Be Learned?', in ConnectED 2010: proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at Connected 2010 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, 28 June 2010 - 01 July 2010
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Watson BE, 2010, 'The Architect, the Interior and the Wardrobe: The Place between Building and Interior?', University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, 725 West, Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608 USA, presented at The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, 725 West, Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608 USA, 15 February 2010 - 16 February 2010, http://2010.designprinciplesandpractices.com/
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Watson BE, 2010, 'Reality Check. A year three design studio – The influence of reality.', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Watson BE, 2009, 'Networks of design - Margins of Design Expertise.', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 January 2009 - 15 January 2009, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Watson BE, 2009, 'How does the Practice of INterior Architecture inform the Teaching of Interior Architecture', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 January 2009 - 15 January 2009, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Quinlan AM; Demirbilek OR; Yip M; Pin R; Marshall NG; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Interacting Design Interpretations: Research:Learning:Design', in Ziehner R; Reidsema C (ed.), ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 12 July 2007
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Quinlan AM; Starfield S; Marshall NG; Demirbilek OR; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Sudents as Schilas: Weaving Threads of Understanding of the Final Year Undergraduate Research Experience:a case study from the Built Environment', in Kofod M; Takayama K (ed.), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, pp. 104 - 105, presented at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, 02 July 2007 - 05 July 2007
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Watson BE, 2007, 'First year studies a studio experience - the Place between high school certificate and tertiary studies. A four year study in a design studio setting', in ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 12 July 2007
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Watson BE, 2007, 'Third year interior studies, an alternate studio experience. A seven week study in a design studio setting', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2007, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 12 January 2007 - 15 January 2007
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Zamberlan L; Watson BE, 2006, 'Don`t Fence Me In', in CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, presented at CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 06 April 2006 - 07 April 2006
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Watson BE, 2006, 'Three Case Studies Three Design Approaches', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 11 January 2006 - 14 January 2006
    Journal articles | 2021
    Morgan S; Pullon S; McKinlay E; Garrett S; Kennedy J; Watson B, 2021, 'Collaborative Care in Primary Care: The Influence of Practice Interior Architecture on Informal Face-to-Face Communication—An Observational Study', Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol. 14, pp. 190 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1937586720939665
    Journal articles | 2017
    Watson BE, 2017, 'Are Secondary School Exiting Rankings (ATAR) the Best Indication of Success within a Design Based University Education?', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. Volume 7, pp. 15 - 21, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_7_No_2_June_2017/3.pdf
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dave MH; Watson B; Prasad D, 2016, 'Performance and perception in prefab housing: An exploratory industry survey on sustainability and affordability', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 676 - 686, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.227
    Journal articles | 2015
    Watson BE, 2015, 'Experience & Expectations Deliverables Disconnects and Connects', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. 5, pp. 24 - 29, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journal/index/875

Awards

CRC Low Carbon Living. Project Title - Sustainable and Affordable Living through Modular, Net Zero Energy, Transportable, and Self-Reliant Homes and Communities

Grants

Media

Bruce’s area of research is currently centred on learning and teaching within design studio settings. This research allows a nexus between making and teaching and the possibility for both to influence the other. Bruce also has a research agenda around Sustainable modular transportable housing and with a research team is developing carbon neutral prototypes.

Membership

SNAP SHOT

Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture Deputy Dean

Faculty Built Environment - Deputy Dean / Head of School

 

  2021 - Current

  2018 – 2020

UNSW Director of Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) Program

2012 - 2017

UNSW Academic Board member.

2015 – 2017

UNSW Academic Programs committee member.

2016 - 2017

UNSW learning Spaces Initiative committee member

2016

UNSW Pre-University & Alternative Entry Committee.

2010 - 2012

 

Invited International            Chair: Rhode Island School of Design (USA NY)

 

Program                              Interior Architecture Programs review.

2016

Reviewer                             Monash University – Interior Architecture program review.

2014

     University of South Australia - Interior Architecture program review.

2013

Invited Graduation Design  Rhode Island School of Design (USA)

2015

Studio Reviewer                 Parsons New School of Design (USA)

2015 - 2016

     Cornell University (USA)

2015

     London Metropolitan University (UK)

2015

     University South Australia

2012/13

Professional Engagement    

 

                                          Chair: ‘IDEA’ Interior Design & Interior Architecture Educators Association www.idea-edu.com

2015 - 2017

                                          Australia Council of Deans and Directors of the Creative Arts. DDCA

 

                                          Board Member. http://www.ddca.edu.au

2014 - 2017