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UON ranked 45 in the world for Architecture / Built Environment

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia's architecture and built environment discipline ranked 45 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. The discipline has a unique forward-thinking focus on managing, designing and planning for resilience in our built environments.

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.

Head of School, Professor Sue Anne Ware, says that as we enter an unprecedented era of global challenges, there is an urgent need to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability and growth 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.

The School is home to the United Nation’s CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery. Executive Director, 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. This team also partners with Beijing Normal University (China) and Ming Chuan University (Chinese Taipei), to form the Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network.

“Architecture academics are also exploring resilience from a range of perspectives. Dr Michael Chapman examines the amplification of new relationships within the city and the ways people connect and ‘share’ through architecture and media,” says Professor Ware.

“Architectural Professors of Practice, Peter Stutchbury and Richard Leplastrier (both International Fellows of the Royal British Institute of Architecture) teach and design built projects that respect pre-existing conditions and support the adaptive re-use of buildings and site materials.”

Through this focus on resilience, the School’s research and education anticipates the future of places, spaces and buildings to ensure they endure and evolve. This forward-thinking focus also gives our graduates an edge – in 2015 85% of our architecture students and 90% of our construction management students were employed on graduation (as reported by Graduate Careers Australia).

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

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