Shaping Future Cities


At UNSW Built Environment, we shape future cities, cities that are resilient, informed, connected, healthy, smart, liveable and inclusive.

Our vision is to be a global leader through high impact research and education that are vital to cities, their built environments and inhabitants. Our research responds to pressing urban challenges through academics and industry professionals who are leaders in their fields, Scientia Fellows and Scholars, higher degrees scholarships, practice-based PhDs, cross-faculty research, industry partnerships and consulting.

We provide education that is broad and deep. Through interdisciplinary education, cross-faculty initiatives, internships, online courses, flexible pathways, dual awards, internationalised and research projects, our students will shape their own paths to global careers.

We focus on the challenges of our cities at every scale, from industrial designed products and services, to buildings through to policy and planning at the urban and territorial scales. We interrogate environmental challenges such as urban heat and urban health, through to the socio-economic inequity borne out of the spatial divide of our cities.

We explore these challenges through multiple lenses including high performing built environments that are sustainable and resilient anticipating our future ecological needs; and human-centred design ethos that respond to the needs of the individual as well as society and our cultural landscape.

We build an agile platform for education, research and exchange that can respond to the changing needs of the professions while also anticipating the unknown; by developing skilled and enquiring graduates, with conscience, that can positively engage, adapt and shape our future cities for the benefit of all people and the planet firmly in mind.

Professor Helen Lochhead
Dean, UNSW Built Environment