Meeting of the Minds

UNSW Built Environment invites our undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend our monthly professorial talks series, Meeting of the Minds. 

The faculty’s accomplished professors from across all the Built Environment disciplines will speak on how their latest research and practice offers new perspectives on the UNSW Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation.

The grand challenge will be examined through the interdisciplinary lenses of the built environment research and practice - from the smallest to the largest scales, from the room and the objects within it to the cities and landscapes we inhabit.

Next event: Wednesday, 7 August, 1pm – 1.30 pm followed by networking and afternoon tea

Speaker: Scientia Professor Deo Prasad

Topic: How can we have massive urbanisation while reducing carbon footprint of cities?

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Red Centre, UNSW Sydney (Kensington Campus)
Event date: 
07 Aug 2019 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Speaker’s biography

Distinguished Professor (Scientia) Deo Prasad AO FTSE is now an international authority and recognised as a national leader in the field of sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia, with his contributions having been widely acknowledged at all levels of government and professions in Australia. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1991, he has been a highly influential, driving force for sustainable design in both academia and professional practise and in 2006 he received the Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. In 2004 he received the NSW State Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’ He has also won the Federal Government’s national award for ‘outstanding contribution to energy related research’. He is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media.

Deo is the Chief Investigator and CEO of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL: This is the largest ever industry-government-professions-research collaboration spin-off in Australia (built environment sector) and is leading to transformative impacts – enabling Australian industry and professions to compete globally in a low carbon future. He is also one of the Ambassadors for Sydney (Business Events, NSW Govt) with special focus on promoting Sydney as a destination for high end environmental-scientific events. In 2014 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award for contributions in the field of sustainability by the UNSW.

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2019 speaker line-up
7th Aug  Prof Deo Prasad: How can we have massive urbanisation while reducing carbon footprint of cities?
2nd Oct Prof Hal Pawson: How can housing supply respond to the demands of rapid urbanisation?
6th Nov Prof Catherine Bridge: How will rapid urbanisation affect the vulnerable people, performance as a measure towards inclusion?