Our students stand out because they want to make a difference. Some will shape the future of their profession. For others, it’s about creating new ways to meet real-world needs.
At UTS Design, Architecture and Building, we believe that students must engage with the social, cultural and economic factors that drive these changes. We have an equal commitment to the intelligent and innovative use of technology in this process.
This approach crosses all disciplines: UTS construction project managers are implementing cutting-edge digital Building Information Management systems in their industry. Our landscape architecture students are learning how to create liveable cities through the design and provision of quality public spaces. The desire to improve lives or create smarter ways of working underpins all of these examples.
Keeping farm workers safe on quad bikes
A childhood spent on a farm meant industrial design student Nicholas Sadowsky knew of the fatalities and accidents arising from riding quad bikes, tractors and other farm transport. He set out to design a useful modular form of protective headgear for farm workers. His idea is the Maverick helmet, one of only a few Australian design entries in the 2015 James Dyson Award (opens an external site).
Reducing the risk of back injury for workers
Industrial design student Karl Vaupel won the 2014 UTS 3P business plan competition with his variation on the dolly. His innovative design, the StackLift, is a hydraulic mobile platform that bridges the gap between forklifts and conveyor belts. Karl came up with the idea after visiting a timber mill in China and seeing the need for a mobile lifting unit. The results? A product that can reduce the very real risk of injury and improve productivity.