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At UNSW Built Environment we develop global leaders in architecture, planning and construction.

Connecting world-class knowledge with leading practice, we equip you for an outstanding career.

Facilities & Services

To continue to produce the best graduates in Australia we need to make sure that we continue to innovate. This means that we need constantly to rethink and upgrade our teaching and research spaces, facilities and equipment.

UNSW Built Environment students benefit from a range of creative spaces. 

New Design Lab hours and training

  • Monday – Thursday 9am - 7pm
  • Friday 9am - 5pm
The Design Lab will be open Saturdays from 10am-5pm on the 7th,14th ,21st & 28th October.
Fabrication Fundamentals (FabFun) introduces students to safe and effective operation of workshop equipment, processes and materials. Students operate hand tools, power tools, stationary machinery and other equipment to construct an object.
The course familiarises students with relevant WHS procedures and workshop etiquette. FabFun provides foundation skills to enable further investigation in the development of models, prototypes and functional products or structures.
  • A catch up FabFun session will be run during mid-semester break: Tuesday 27 October 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Limited places (max 20), register interest by email design.lab@unsw.edu.au.
Digital Fabrication Fundamentals (Dig Fab Fun) introduces students to safe and effective operation of laser cutters, 3D printers and associated software and materials.
The new large industrial CNC router has been commissioned and is in action.
The CNC router operation can’t be taught in three hours but we are holding introductory sessions for interested staff:
  • 1-4pm Wednesday 21st September
  • 9.30-12.30 Thursday 29th September
  • Maximum six people, register interest by email design.lab@unsw.edu.au


Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab, located at the Square House, houses a number of 3D imaging machines and printers including a Zund S3 textile cutter, an Mcor IRIS 3D paper printer, six plastic 3D printers and Universal laser cutters. Students have the chance to enrol in an Experimental Modelling subject to learn to operate and utilise the Digital Fabrication Unit’s new equipment.


The Gallery

The ground and mezzanine levels of the Red Centre form an exhibition and gallery space for the Faculty. The gallery exhibition space, re-vamped in early 2014 also features a state of the art sound system and digital screen display. Here we host not only smaller student work exhibitions, but our annual end of year grad exhibitions like LuminoCity, student recruitment expos and numerous on site workshops.

Studio Space

The faculty has purpose-built, natural light filled studio spaces located in the Red Centre, Old Main and Square House buildings. These studios act as core spaces for the design courses across the various disciplines where students can explore their creativity. The brand new design studios in the Square House, located at the west end of the campus, are fitted with ceiling acoustics, self-healing desks for cutting and room-wide projection capabilities. Within the studio space in the Square House, is an ‘industrial design museum’ collection of iconic products housing the work of well-known 20th century designers.

Postgraduate Rooms/Labs

Special rooms are allocated to provide individual workspaces and conference areas for Postgraduate research students (RC1010). Additional communal facilities are also provided for the exclusive use of Postgraduate coursework students. Postgraduate common study room (RC 5001). Master of Architecture study room (RC 1003). Postgraduate MUDD studio (RC4030). AGSU teaching room (RC2001).

General Photocopying, Printing, Plotting and Scanning

The main print/copy facility in the faculty (RC level 1) has a range of devices, including 24 hour access to multiple A4/A3 colour printers and copiers, A0 black and white plotters and scanners and the colour A0 laser plotter. Outside the main print/copy room there are b/w A4 printers in the computer labs, plus access to high-end printing and laminating services. Research students have dedicated devices in their areas as well.


BE has approximately 800 bookable student lockers available for use. These are located in both the Red Centre (multiple levels) and the Squarehouse (design lab).

To reserve a locker book online using your student ID @ https://lockers.be.unsw.edu.au/


There are 5 main teaching labs in the Red Centre plus several study labs in the building and at the Squarehouse. The computers are Workstations featuring a significant suite of specialist software available to students 24 hours a day. The labs have A3 scanners for students as well as new projection and screen sharing facilities. The universities wireless internet service is available in all the student areas for laptops and other mobile devices





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