An extension of the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture & Design and with seeding investment from the University of Tasmania's Launceston Blueprint initiative, CSAW has grown out of the School’s successful Timber Research Unit and is already active in research and education in:
- sustainable architecture with wood;
- use of plantation and regrowth eucalypts in building and structures;
- optimising value and material recovery from plantation and regrowth eucalypts;
- extension and technology transfer.
As it has grown from an active research unit, the new Centre has established staff, facilities and collaborative relationships, and is largely externally funded.
Staff and facilities
In addition to School of Architecture staff, The Centre has three experienced researchers and three full-time postgraduate students. The researchers are supported by eight project, administrative and technical staff.
The Centre operates out of offices at the School of Architecture & Design in Inveresk and the School of Engineering in Hobart. It maintains a laboratory and timber testing facility and test buildings at the University’s Newnham campus.
The Centre has an extensive and established network of external collaborative partnerships with Australian industry, research agencies and other Universities. This network includes:
- Australian industry: such as Integrated Tree Cropping (ITC), other members of the Tasmanian hardwood industry, members of the Tasmanian building industry such as cb&m design pty ltd and Wilson Homes, Boral Ltd, CSR Ltd, and others.
- Research funding agencies: such as the Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board, the Forests and Forest Industries Council of Tasmania, the Australian Greenhouse Office and Forest and Wood Products Australia.
- Research agencies: such as CSIRO, Ensis, Forestry Tasmania, the Department of Primary Industries - Queensland, the WA Forest Product Commission and the CRC for Forestry; and
- Other Universities: such as the Universities of New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia, and the Swiss Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Holz (School of Architecture, Building and Wood) at the Berne University of Applied Science.