The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle  ranked top 100 in the world for Architecture / Built Environment

The University of Newcastle Australia's architecture and built environment discipline has ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

CIFAL Launch

Left to Right: CIFAL Newcastle's Director Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Professor Caroline McMillen, UN Assistant Secretary-General Nikhil Seth, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Manager (DCP) UNITAR Mr. Alex Mejia, Ms. Estrella Merlos UNITAR. UN Geneva, Switzerland.

Our researchers and educators look ahead to the future of places, spaces and buildings – to ensure they endure and evolve.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment aligns its teaching and research under the broad theme of Planning, Designing and Constructing Resilient Communities; where resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change and sustain vibrancy in the face of adversity. Supporitng the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Goal 11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, ensures the school is forward facing and a global leader for sustainability.

The School is home to the United Nation’s CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre which is part of an international network. CIFAL Newcastle has a distinctive multi-disciplinary focus related to resilience and disaster risk Management, the UN –SDGs, as well as economic and social development.

As we enter an unprecedented era of global challenges, Professor SueAnne Ware believes there is an urgent need to anticipate risk, limit impact, and flourish in the face of turbulent change. “As the world faces more frequent and devastating disasters, organisations involved in disaster response need to be well prepared for post-disaster reconstruction, with competence in disaster management, strategic management, designing for resilience, and project management,” she said. Unafraid to resist the status quo, Professor SueAnne Ware is also passionate about creating spaces that challenge public apathy and disengagement and inspire the adoption of a more humanitarian approach to some of society’s most controversial and pervasive issues.

The dynamic team of Associate Professor Temitope Egebelkin, Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran and Dr Ifte Ahmed, lead research and teaching committed to disaster preparedness, reconstruction and sustainable development.

The School welcomes several new staff members to its teaching and research team in 2019. With strategic recruitments made from across the nation and internationally, the Architecture staff are set to engage with an agenda for empathy. Professor Pia Ednie-Brown, Associate Professor Sam Spurr, Dr Rebecca McLaughlan, Dr Beth George, Dr Irene Perez and Dr Timothy Burke bring a wealth of expertise across urbanism, architecture, curation, health, philosophy, theory and technology. In keeping with the School’s focus on resilience, the team share an interest in the architect’s role as a custodian of many worlds – from the built, to the human, the animal and ecological.

Dr Rebecca McLaughlan was recently awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to continue her work investigating the architectural environments in which palliative care is delivered. Facing death, either one's own or that of a close family member, is one of life's most difficult experiences. Dr McLaughlan's project will generate design guidelines for architects working in the healthcare sector with a focus on understanding how design can be used to better support patients, their family members and health care teams through end-of-life events. Architecture has the capacity to facilitate better communication, social support and safe, efficient patient care.

The School offers a Bachelor of Design (Architecture), Bachelor of Construction Management, Master of Architecture, Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction , and Master of Project Management for the Built Environment.

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