About Research

The School’s research agenda tackles the challenges of change in urban environments at all scales. Our research strengths reflect multi-faceted professional foundations in a mix unique in Australia in its combination of disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, construction, property, planning, industrial and urban design.

UNSW School of Built Environment is internationally renowned for research which supports the creation of resilient, sustainable, healthy and productive cities and communities. We undertake research across all scales, from entire regions and cities, to the smallest room and the objects within it. Our research expertise is similarly broad and inclusive, covering:

  • city planning, spatial analysis and urban design;
  • architecture and landscape architecture;
  • construction management and building;
  • interior design and industrial design.

Through partnerships with industry, professional and community groups, we focus our energies on the challenges and opportunities facing those who design, build, manage and inhabit the built environment. The methods we use to do this range from large-scale computational and mathematical approaches, to highly nuanced philosophical or artistic approaches. We are especially committed to research which supports wellbeing, social justice, equity and access. 

The School’s flagship City Futures Research Centre was founded in 2005 and today it works across four main programs of research: city analytics; city housing; city shaping and city wellbeing. Through our leadership of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, UNSW School of Built Environment has been instrumental in addressing the major climate challenges in the world.

With almost 200 active researchers and higher degree students, UNSW School of Built Environment is a genuine knowledge community dedicated to excellence, engagement and impact. We would encourage you to consider joining us as a colleague, studying a research higher degree with us, or approaching us to work on collaborative research projects.


Professor Michael J Ostwald
Associate Dean Research