The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON ranked top 100 in the world for Architecture / Built Environment

The University of Newcastle’s architecture and built environment discipline ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

CIFAL Launch

Left to Right: CIFAL Newcastle's Director Associate Professor Graham Brewer, University of Newcastle's Vice Chancellor 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.

The program is future-focused, with an emphasis on managing, designing and planning for resilience in our built environments.

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

The School is home to the United Nation’s CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery.

As we enter an unprecedented era of global challenge, 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 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 Graham Brewer, Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran and Dr Jason Von Meding, lead research and teaching committed to disaster preparedness, reconstruction and sustainable development.

Dr Von Meding is currently working with Save the Children to explore urban flooding impacts on schools in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Thailand. He has leveraged existing regional research networks to bring together a strong consortium for the funded project. The research investigated 9 schools in the region, collecting data from over 90 interviews and 50 focus groups. The results will be used to guide agencies and practitioners in the region working on comprehensive school safety, particularly in reducing disaster risk.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment has implemented an innovative approach to teaching its programs. Through the Resident Architects team, the school divided the role of one professor, into seven fractional positions so students could benefit from each of the architect’s individual strengths. The seven AIA gold-medal winning architects are internationally renowned, contributing to a vast amount of prestigious works including the Sydney Opera House, Olympic villages in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, and extraordinary university buildings, woolsheds, apartments, and houses.

The team is comprised of Professor Brit Andresen, the first female to recipient of the AIA Gold Medal. Husband and wife team, Professors Kerry and Lindsay Clare whose distinguished body of work includes the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, and Wesley House, Brisbane. Professor Richard Leplastrier, who has worked on some of Australia’s most iconic buildings, including the Sydney Opera House with John Utzon. Andrea Nield and her husband Professor Lawrence Nield, whose body of work includes commissions in eight countries and involvement in the planning of three Olympic Games. Finally, rounding out the team is Professor Peter Stutchbury, recipient of an unprecedented 41 AIA awards. Through their work, the team instils a culture of collaboration and sense of family. According to Peter Stutchbury, it’s “innovative teaching such as this that’s led to Newcastle now being seen as the leading school of architecture, not only throughout NSW, but throughout Australia.”

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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