Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
Bringing together the Schools of Design, Architecture and Built Environment in one faculty, UTS DAB ensures staff and students have a unique experience and access to a range of skills, perspectives and leading facilities.
Combining a traditional, theoretical approach with experimentation and open-ended research into the social, environmental and economic workings of urban societies means DAB is at the forefront of learning, academic knowledge and contemporary professional needs.
Central to DAB’s teaching and research experience is technology, and how it can influence both teaching and research experiences and outcomes. In this short video, Professor Desley Luscombe explains how media influences lectures and lecturers.
Desley Luscombe: I think what’s fundamental to any lecturer is the availability of media. For me I use Keynote or PowerPoint. I use Keynote actually because I can embed movies. Embedded movies and the use of many forms of media are very important to me within the lecture programme because what it enables in the lectures that I do which are on the history of architecture is to prompt the argument that I’m developing for students with visuals. This is not about illustrations that are plopped in with no meaning and relevance to the ideas that are being presented but it’s about visualising the argument. That reinforces the types of information and the knowledge that I'm wanting comprehended.
An increasingly digital and globalised world, changing financial markets, social transformation and flux mean that design and built environment professions are undergoing continuous change. DAB research and teaching integrate to ensure our graduates are equipped to thrive in this environment, and to help shape new professional frameworks.
Creativity and technology underpin both teaching and research at UTS. DAB has taken a leading role in bringing radically creative and collaborative approaches to learning.
Dr Joanne Jakovich, a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture, received a learning.futures grant to bring together staff from DAB, Business and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to develop new teaching modules that combine face-to-face collaborative Creative Intelligence learning, helping bring to life the new Learning2014 environments. This will result in online visual learning modules, used by students and also disseminated through research publications to inform best practice.
Jennifer MacDonald: I’ve been introducing industry coaches into my class. It first of all helps to give a sense that what they’re actually learning is really useful and will be useful to them in their careers. They also bring a different perspective.
I’ve been trying to keep the multi-disciplinary thing going and I try and get them from each of the different industries. So I have someone from architecture coming in; someone from engineering; someone from construction management and sometimes a client organisation. I also try and pick them from people who are leading the way in the field of collaboration and building information modelling which is my area.
The feedback has been that they’re really enjoyed getting that industry perspective, so it’s been really successful.