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Built Environment

The UTS School of Built Environment has a reputation for creating some of the most progressive, future-focused thinkers and leaders in the construction, property, planning and related industries.

Our students learn in a dynamic environment, centred on a transdisciplinary approach that mixes six key areas:

Property planning and real estate experts

Graduates from these disciplines are highly sought after by industry with employability rates and starting salaries among the highest in Australia (source: 2014 Australian Graduate Survey).

New technologies, new approaches

With access to industry-leading digital technologies for constructed environments, students are empowered to solve problems in creative, sustainable and commercially viable ways.

Our practice-oriented staffadjunct professors and industry teaching fellows focus on a problem-based learning approach, which incorporates case studies, regular site visits and real world contexts into the comprehensive curriculums.

Practical experience, professional recognition

The UTS School of the Built Environment has close industry connections with local and international professionals, plus business and government partners. These networks offer our students the ability to combine learning with professional experience, consultancy and research activities.

The School's five programs hold a total of 18 accreditations, by the main professional bodies in Australia, as well as key international bodies, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (opens an external site).

UTS building

Flexible learning structures

We provide a flexible education program that gives students the opportunity to work while studying. Many senior undergraduate subjects are held in the evenings and most postgraduate courses are offered by block mode to minimise regular on campus attendance.

Industry focused research

Through research, we educate professionals who construct, plan, manage, and value sustainable and adaptive cities.

Research at the UTS School of the Built Environment through the Faculty’s research centres is focused on:

  • managing economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable urban redevelopment and infrastructure investment   
  • managing project complexity and change in the knowledge economy
  • digital technologies and design team management 
  • property rights, land taxation, urban governance, and equity considerations in development.
  • construction project management on large sites
  • industry-leading digital technology.

The Faculty's research centres provide collaborative specialist research in property, planning, design, architecture and digital disciplines.

We have recognised opinion leaders in carbon-trading property rights, sustainable development, affordable housing, and construction systems.

    Global Studio building a house in Cambodia

    Research centres