Associate Professor Bruce Watson

Head of School / Deputy Dean
Faculty Leadership, Administrative Units, Dean's Unit, Interior Architecture

BArchSci (Syd), BArch (Syd) BFA COFA (UNSW)

As a member of the Faculty leadership team, I take a future-focused approach to educational excellence from the business perspective. This means positioning ourselves to stand out among our competitors nationally and globally.
I work to align our people authentically with the strategic direction of UNSW and to create innovative, world-class teaching and research products, but I’m also focused on creating a great workplace where people feel valued and are treated with respect always.
My research and teaching background mainly revolved around sustainable futures, design studio learning and teaching, and most recently higher education management and policy. I have practiced as an artist, architect and interior architect.
All roads, however, have led to a growing interest and skillset in leadership, and I am thrilled to now be in a position where I can guide, provide governance and influence the overall strategic direction, progress and culture of the Faculty.
Red Centre, West Wing
Research Activities: 

Bruce’s area of research is currently centred on learning and teaching within design studio settings. This research allows a nexus between making and teaching and the possibility for both to influence the other. Bruce also has a research agenda around Sustainable modular transportable housing and with a research team is developing carbon neutral prototypes.


CRC Low Carbon Living. Project Title - Sustainable and Affordable Living through Modular, Net Zero Energy, Transportable, and Self-Reliant Homes and Communities





Faculty Deputy Dean / Head of School

Acting Faculty Dean

Faculty Executive   

Faculty Board Member

Faculty Programs Quality Committee

Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee



  2018 – current

December 2019

2018 – current

2018 – current

2018 – current

2018 – current




UNSW Director of Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) Program

2012 - 2017

UNSW Academic Board member.

2015 – 2017

UNSW Academic Programs committee member.

2016 - 2017

UNSW learning Spaces Initiative committee member


UNSW Pre-University & Alternative Entry Committee.

2010 - 2012

UNSW Sessional tutor.

2000 - 2002

UNSW Lecturer.

2002 - 2014

UNSW Senior Lecturer.

2014 - current

Faculty Education Committee.

2008 - 2012

Faculty first year common course committee.

2009 - 2010

Faculty Standing Committee.

2005 - 2007

Faculty Space Planning Committee

2015 - 2017

Faculty ‘Luminocity’ Exhibition Committee.

2015 - 2016

Invited International            Chair: Rhode Island School of Design (USA NY)


Program                                Interior Architecture Programs review.


Reviewer                                Monash University – Interior Architecture program review.


University of South Australia - Interior Architecture program review.


Invited Graduation Design Rhode Island School of Design (USA)


Studio Reviewer                   Parsons New School of Design (USA)

2015 - 2016

Cornell University (USA)


London Metropolitan University (UK)


University South Australia



Professional Engagement    


Chair: ‘IDEA’ Interior Design & Interior Architecture Educators Association

2015 - 2017

Australia Council of Deans and Directors of the Creative Arts. DDCA


Board Member.

2014 - 2017



Bruce was a design director of a Sydney based architecture and interiors studio, Edwards design from 2000 -2010. This professional engagement contributed to Bruce’s teaching and learning practices at UNSW.