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Architecture and design

Creativity, innovation and exploration are the strengths of our researchers, who specialise in providing a practical focus.

Urban design, earthquake resilient design, green and sustainable architecture, contemporary New Zealand architecture and affordable design for Pacific communities are among the many topics architecture researchers look at.

Researchers from throughout the University collaborate with them on such interdisciplinary projects as the economics of sustainability and post-disaster design responses.

Design researchers work on such topics as design history, design-led futures, digital fabrication, physical computing and wearable technologies, game design and theory, and interaction design.

They collaborate with Victoria’s engineering and computer science researchers and internationally acknowledged industry partners Weta Digital and Pik Pok to build expertise in computer graphics.