People

Bruce Watson

Head of School / Deputy Dean (acting)
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.
Room: 
5016
Building: 
Red Centre, West Wing
Phone: 
54835
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.

Awards: 

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

Teaching & Supervision: 

Bruce’s current primary role is as the Dircetor of Interior Architecture this role engaeses across all subject areas within the Interior Degree at UNSW

Engagement: 

Membership

Board Of Directors Interior Design/Architecture Educators Association (IDEA)

Practice

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.

Publications:
Journal articles

Watson BE, 2017, 'Are Secondary School Exiting Rankings (ATAR) the Best Indication of Success within a Design Based University Education?', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. Volume 7, pp. 15-21, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_7_No_2_June_2017/3.pdf

Watson BE, 2015, 'Experience & Expectations Deliverables Disconnects and Connects', American International Journal of Contemporary Research, vol. 5, pp. 24-29, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_5_No_2_April_2015/4.pdf

Watson BE, 2015, 'Experience & Expectations Deliverables Disconnects and Connects', American international journal of contemporary research, vol. 5, pp. 24-29, http://www.aijcrnet.com/journal/index/875

Conference Papers

Dave M; Watson B; Prasad D, 2017, 'Performance and Perception in Prefab Housing: An Exploratory Industry Survey on Sustainability and Affordability', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 676-686, 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.227

Dave MH; Bilbao J; Dickson J; Watson B; Prasad D; Sproul A, 2014, 'Towards Sustainable Modular Housing: A Case Study of Thermal Performance Optimisation for Australia', in Rawal R; Manu S; Khadpekar N (eds.), 30th International PLEA Conference: Proceedings, CEPT University Press, Ahmedabad, pp. 223-230, presented at 30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies, Ahmedabad, 16 - 18 December 2014, http://www.plea2014.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PLEA2014_Proceedings_Vol_3.pdf

Watson BE, 2013, 'The possible rivalry between skills and creativity?', in Proceedings International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Universitypublications.net, Gottenhein Germany, pp. 71-78, presented at Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Gottenhein Germany, 02 - 07 December 2012, http://www.openaccesslibrary.org/images/RHS90.pdf

Watson BE, 2012, 'Teaching And Making A Design Research Studio: Apple With Apples', in 2012 European International Education Conference, The Clute Institute, Rome Italy, pp. 343-349, presented at 2012 European International Education Conference, Rome Italy, 10 - 17 June 2012, http://conferences.cluteonline.com/index.php/IAC/2012RM/paper/viewFile/1235/1248

Watson BE, 2009, 'How does the Practice of INterior Architecture inform the Teaching of Interior Architecture', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 - 15 January 2009, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm

Watson BE, 2009, 'Networks of design - Margins of Design Expertise.', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 - 15 January 2009, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm

Watson BE, 2007, 'First year studies a studio experience - the Place between high school certificate and tertiary studies. A four year study in a design studio setting', in ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Sydney, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 - 12 July 2007

Quinlan AM; Demirbilek OR; Yip M; Pin R; Marshall NG; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Interacting Design Interpretations: Research:Learning:Design', in Ziehner R; Reidsema C (eds.), ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Sydney, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 - 12 July 2007

Quinlan AM; Starfield S; Marshall NG; Demirbilek OR; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Sudents as Schilas: Weaving Threads of Understanding of the Final Year Undergraduate Research Experience:a case study from the Built Environment', in Kofod M; Takayama K (eds.), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, pp. 104-105, presented at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, 02 - 05 July 2007

Watson BE, 2007, 'Third year interior studies, an alternate studio experience. A seven week study in a design studio setting', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, presented at 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2007, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 12 - 15 January 2007

Zamberlan L; Watson BE, 2006, 'Don`t Fence Me In', in CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, presented at CLTAD Enhancing Curricula 2006, 3rd International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 06 - 07 April 2006

Watson BE, 2006, 'Three Case Studies Three Design Approaches', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, presented at 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 11 - 14 January 2006

Barlow MG; Watson BE; Tsoi AC; Downs T, 2000, 'A - Priori Selection of Cohort Sets for a Speaker Verification System: Issues and Insights', in 8th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 00), 8th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 00), Canberra, presented at 8th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 00), Canberra, 05 - 07 December 2000

Reports

Watson BE; Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A; Prasad D, 2016, Sustainable and Affordable Living through modular homes and communities - FINAL REPORT, Cooperative Research Centres Programme, Australia, RP1011, http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/resources/crc-publications/crclcl-project-reports/rp1011-final-project-report-2016

Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A; Watson B, 2015, Sustainable Modular Housing Thermal Performance Optimization of the Concept Pod, CRCLCL

Bilbao J; Dave M; Watson B, 2014, Sustainable and affordable living through modular homes and communities Tylden Pod Temperature and Humidity Observations and Analysis

Designs / Architecture

Watson BE, 2008, Primo Estate and Joseph wines Head Quarters, Publication: Primo Estate and Joseph Wines, South Australia, publication category: Designs / Architecture

Working Papers

Watson BE; Bilbao J; Dave M; Sproul A, 2014, Sustainable and Affordable Living Through Modular, Net Zero Energy, Transportable, and Self-reliant Homes and Communities, UNSW Built Environment, Sydney, http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-1-integrated-building-systems/rp1011-sustainable-and-affordable-living-through