The School of Architecture and Built Environment operates at the intersection of art, technology and science through the development of interdisciplinary forms of teaching and research. The School seeks to address the emerging societal challenges posed by increasingly diverse networked and ecologically fragile environments by engendering the creative and professional expertise in innovative and sustainable ways.
The School is one of the nations oldest, boasting a long history having its genesis in the Gordon Institute of Technology in 1887 before becoming part of Deakin University in 1977.
Staff from diverse backgrounds supports students, in bringing a global perspective to learning. The School is focused on providing students with opportunities for cross-disciplinary and practical experiential learning experiences, delivered in a vibrant and newly refurbished learning facility.
This publication contains student work, which showcases the best outputs produced by our students in an innovative format, designed to intrigue and delight. I hope that all readers are impressed with the creativity of our students, and continue to support the School in the development of future professionals in architecture and the built environment.
I would normally scribe with intended depth, however my context here requires the distinction of breadth,
And our distinctively refurbished space now provides us with the grace and generosity of KTA’s best work. Its influence on the essentially collective nature of education showed most encouragingly in the Masterclass reviews where generosity of engagement, and opinion, distinguished these architectural discussions.
And this very much suits the nature of our program here at A+B, as breadth gives us scope and makes the world more available,
And PaperSpace 2 demonstrated and contextualized this scope, and its public nature, by curating the student output using the ‘context’ categories of INDIFFERENCE, RECIPROCITY, CONFLICT, and the ‘geometry’ categories of POINT, LINE, PLANE. Again we demonstrated that architecture is an essentially public discipline where authorship is not an issue, but rather that engagement through proposition and meaning is paramount.
In 2016 we spread the commitment and idea(l)s of the School broadly with PaperSpace 2 in Fed Square, and the REAL went to Qld (Kevin O’Brien) and NZ (Chris Kelly), and Kai Chen showed uncommon commitment to honesty of presentation,
Furthered through Michael Markham’s opening address at PaperSpace 2 giving public commitment and voice to the School’s ‘sober’ approach – not being drunk on our own ideas or importance - and the Vice Chancellor’s address was also charged by direct commitment and reference to the demonstrated public role of the work of the students and the ‘professional’ stance of A+B.
Strength through breadth came with great capability from Ciro Marquez (Spain) and Akari NakaiKidd (Japan and Mexico), and whilst not calling us global, the regional base received a broadened depth,
With their freshness of approach bringing new influences to the program, and their capabilities allowing the School to expand the intellectual richness of the program. The nature of these additions foster expansion - we aren’t stretched, we are extended. Breadth bred from content and commitment.