People

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.
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

Engagement: 

Membership

SNAP SHOT

 

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

2016

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.

2016

Reviewer                                Monash University – Interior Architecture program review.

2014

University of South Australia - Interior Architecture program review.

2013

Invited Graduation Design Rhode Island School of Design (USA)

2015

Studio Reviewer                   Parsons New School of Design (USA)

2015 - 2016

Cornell University (USA)

2015

London Metropolitan University (UK)

2015

University South Australia

 

2012/13

Professional Engagement    

 

Chair: ‘IDEA’ Interior Design & Interior Architecture Educators Association www.idea-edu.com

2015 - 2017

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

 

Board Member. http://www.ddca.edu.au

2014 - 2017

 

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

Morgan S; Pullon S; McKinlay E; Garrett S; Kennedy J; Watson B, 2020, 'Collaborative Care in Primary Care: The Influence of Practice Interior Architecture on Informal Face-to-Face Communication—An Observational Study', Health Environments Research and Design Journal, pp. 193758672093966 - 193758672093966, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1937586720939665

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

Dave MH; Watson B; Prasad D, 2016, 'Performance and perception in prefab housing: An exploratory industry survey on sustainability and affordability', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 676 - 686, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.227

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 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 December 2014 - 18 December 2014, http://www.plea2014.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PLEA2014_Proceedings_Vol_3.pdf

Watson BE, 2012, 'The possible rivalry between skills and creativity?', in Proceedings International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Universitypublications.net, USA, pp. 71 - 78, presented at Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Gottenhein Germany, 02 December 2012 - 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, USA, pp. 343 - 349, presented at 2012 European International Education Conference, Rome Italy, 10 June 2012 - 17 June 2012, http://conferences.cluteonline.com/index.php/IAC/2012RM/paper/viewFile/1235/1248

Marshall N; Zamberlan L; Watson BE, 2010, 'A Vertical Studio: What Can Be Learned?', in ConnectED 2010: proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at Connected 2010 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, 28 June 2010 - 01 July 2010

Watson BE, 2010, 'The Architect, the Interior and the Wardrobe: The Place between Building and Interior?', University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, 725 West, Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608 USA, presented at The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, 725 West, Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60608 USA, 15 February 2010 - 16 February 2010, http://2010.designprinciplesandpractices.com/

Watson BE, 2010, 'Reality Check. A year three design studio – The influence of reality.', in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, USA, presented at 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 13 January 2010 - 16 January 2010, 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, Honolulu, USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 January 2009 - 15 January 2009, http://www.hichumanities.org/proceedings_hum.htm

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, Honolulu, USA, presented at 7th Hawaii International Confernec on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii USA, 11 January 2009 - 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, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 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 (ed.), ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 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 (ed.), 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 July 2007 - 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, Honolulu, USA, presented at 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2007, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 12 January 2007 - 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 April 2006 - 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, USA, presented at 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 11 January 2006 - 14 January 2006

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

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://dx.doi.orghttp://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-1-integrated-building-systems/rp1011-sustainable-and-affordable-living-through