School of Design
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Research by staff and students in the School of Design aims to understand Australian cities' architecture, landscape and art, as well as create an impact on Australia and the world.
Our School of Design research focuses on Western Australian and Australian cities and housing, contemporary landscape theory, urban ecology and biophilic design, visual and building cultures, contemporary Australian art theory and practice, Indigenous art, and Byzantine architecture.
Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC)
The AUDRC is an independent, non-profit research centre and part of our UWA School of Design, with Postgraduate courses in Urban Design. Through the AUDRC we are able to test ideas through design and experimentation with urban design, prototypes, modeling and facilitation of learning.
The shape of things
Bruce Rowe's ceramics have a sculptural quality that exudes timelessness, writes Stephen Todd.Read more
Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world. Nonetheless, in recent times many Australians have come to regard population growth, and particularly immigration, as a problem – at best – to be solved.Read more
Chill out room brings great results
UWA School of Design and architecture student Oak Soe Nathan has designed a therapeutic sensory room for school children to assist with wellbeing and development.Read more
Dr Julian Bolleter
Dr Julian Bolleter is an urban designer, researcher and teacher, tackling issues facing Australian cities in the 21st century.Read more about Dr Julian Bolleter
Community and engagement
Future West Magazine
Future West (Australian Urbanism) is a biannual publication from the School that addresses the need for a conscientious debate about architecture, planning, culture, and society across Western Australia and beyond.It looks towards the future of urbanism, taking Perth and Western Australia as its reference point. Future West is available print-on-demand while a selection of articles from all issues is hosted at The Conversation.
Design studio for school students
Our annual Studio introduces high school students to the design at UWA. It is held during the January school holidays and covers architecture, landscape architecture, integrated design and visual arts through intense tuition sessions with staff.
Report urges Perth to adopt medium-density infill housingWed, 7 Nov 2018
Experience Kings Park transformed into a nocturnal wonderlandThu, 9 Aug 2018
Awards and achievements - November 2017Tue, 5 Dec 2017
The Design Hub is a dedicated working space tailored to the needs of design and architecture students.Read more about Design Hub