Explore, imagine and create cities, cultures and communities

UWA’s School of Design is a collaboration of creative thinkers and makers that includes landscape architects, urban designers, experimental artists, historians and architects. We inspire our students and graduates to be boundary-breakers, navigating knowledge, cultures, habitats and landscapes to the benefit of our communities and environments.

Our School is future-focused and comprehensively prepares graduates for a successful entry into their chosen career of design.

From a unique place, we imagine cities, cultures and communities.

Explore, experiment and create with us.

Welcome from the Dean and Head of School Kate Hislop

Clever and creative design is needed now more than ever. At a time when environments are increasingly coming under threat, we have exciting strategic and instrumental opportunities to make a positive impact on the ways that we understand, shape and inhabit our built and natural landscapes. Preservation and enhancement of public and private realms; considered responses to global and local peoples and cultures; resourceful use of systems and materials; and smart application of technologies are at the forefront of our teaching and research efforts at the School of Design.

Western Australia is a unique place in which to learn and practice within the fields of art and design, and at UWA we distinctively bring these disciplines together. We offer dedicated studio spaces, leading workshop facilities, on-site technical expertise and a range of local and international study destinations. Here, students obtain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in their chosen careers, guided by dedicated staff internationally renowned as scholars and practitioners. Industry partners and professionals support the School in its mission to educate the next generation of architects, artists, art historians, landscape architects and urban designers. The future of work may be changing, but for these careers there will always be a place.

Look closely, think boldly, work skilfully, act generously. Join our vibrant community and make your future here.

The School of Design acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners of the land on which our campus is situated. The Whadjuk Noongar remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

Departments and Courses

We deliver courses and undertake research in two broad areas.

Summer Exhibition 2020 Catalogue

A selection of projects from the Summer Exhibition 2020 featuring work from the creative fields of Architecture, Fine Arts, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, History of Art and BIM.

View the Summer Exhibition catalogue

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Our notable alumni

Emilia Galatis

Abel Feleke

Christina Chau

Jenny Watson

Joe Bean

Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard

Katherine Wilkinson

Events and community engagement

Contact the School of Design

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Ground Floor, ALVA Building, Corner of Hampden Road and Stirling Highway



Weekdays 9am to 5pm