Our facilities are considered to be among the finest in Australia providing 24 hour access for students to the Architectural Design Studio, state-of-the-art Architectural Design Workshop and cutting edge Digital Design Studio.
Architectural Design Studio
From the beginning students work on projects that reflect real design problems met by architects in practice and use them to develop the knowledge and competence required of a graduate entering the profession. Working usually in small groups with tutors, as in a design office, students learn to creatively integrate the contributions of various disciplines to the effective practice of architecture. The Architecture Design Studio provides students with personal-work-stations, computer network connections and 24-hour access to allow participation in the synergy of a shared learning experience.
Architectural Design Workshop
2010 saw the opening of our brand-new 840m2 workshop located only metres away from the Architecture Design Studio building. Once inducted, students have the opportunity to combine high-end technologies with traditional workshop tools to realise their design projects. The School of Architecture has invested in the latest prototyping technologies including 3D Printers, a 10-tool CNC router, a fully-automated vacuum former and a large-format laser cutter (that can cut up to 25mm acrylic) to provide the best opportunity to create the highest quality of models.
The workshop includes a teaching classroom, student storage area, dedicated spray booth and a specialty room to use advanced materials such as carbon-fibre, kevlar and mylar. Computing facilities are also available within the building.
Our team of experienced workshop technicians have extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide-range of materials and processes to assist you in creating the professional-standard model you've always wanted to produce.
Digital Design Studio
The Digital Design Studio was established in 2009 and has been equipped with world leading computational design technologies including haptic modelling devices, 3D scanning devices and interactive graphic interfaces. High-end computer software such as free-form modelling applications, parametric design applications and BIM have been installed in all student computers within the School. These advanced tools will contribute to the newly developed computational design strength of the School, preparing designers for the digital era.
International architectural study tour
In 2010, 37 students attended a three week architectural study tour of Greece and Italy - a chronological study tour of the history of classical architecture. Rather than following a line on a map, the tour moved chronologically, from pre-historical to Classical Greece, then on to ancient and early Christian Roman architecture, followed by Renaissance and Baroque period buildings in Florence and Rome. Students experienced first hand the manner in which the classical style as we know it came into being, and impressed that style's rules and intricacies upon their own design sensibilities through the time honored process of sketching, not as an end in itself, but as a step toward later designing legible works of their own when they are practicing architects. Similar tours will be run on an annual basis.
Design as research: Canton Beach Affordable Housing Project
Three students from the Master of Architecture program together with academic staff are undertaking a design and construction project with Compass Housing. The project is to develop two affordable dwellings on a site at Canton Beach and will shortly be presented to Wyong City Council in a briefing session. This collaboration between a significant provider of affordable housing within NSW and the University of Newcastle will allow the masters program to be engaged with the research, design and construction outcomes surrounding this important social issue.
Prizes in architecture
There are a number of prizes available to architecture students.