Architectural Science Association Conference 2023

Sustainability and health: the nexus of carbon-neutral architecture and well-being.

Architecture is now seeing rapid change and innovation in a push to reduce our contribution to green house gases and climate change; but has there been an equal focus on well-being in the built environment?

This November in Tasmania, we look at putting people back on the agenda. Are sustainable buildings also healthy for humans? And if not, what are we doing about it?

Conference subthemes

  • Indoor and outdoor Environment Quality and Performance
  • Architectural construction and technology
  • Building Physics (Energy, Sound, Light, Hygrothermal)
  • Data driven design, Big data, Parametric Design
  • Architectural education
  • Regenerative/reuse (Permanence, transformation, contemporaneity)
  • Practice/Practitioner, Community and Industry Engagement, applied science in practice
  • The social side of sustainability; communicating architectural science to a wider audience.

Paper Submissions Conference details Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)

Key dates

1 May 2023 Abstract submissions close
3 July 2023 onwards Authors notified of abstract outcomes
3 September 2023 - extended Draft paper submissions close
22 September 2023 onwards Authors notified of draft paper outcomes 
15 November 2023 Book of  papers published
29 November 2023Pre- conference workshop activities and Welcome reception
30 November 2023 - 1 December 2023Conference presentations
2 December 2023Social activities and field trips

Conference details


30 November 2023 - 2 December 2023
Welcome Reception
29th November 2023


University of Tasmania
Architecture & Design
Inveresk Campus, Launceston, Tasmania

Keynote speakers

Architects, practicioners and scientists; our keynote speakers bring it all together.

Paper Submission Templates

Draft submissions will be blind peer reviewed. Do not include identifying information on your draft submission. Please use the conference draft paper template:  Draft Paper Template [189KB].

The citation style is set out in the end note file End Note Template [20KB].

Once reviewed and edits are completed, authors must be added in the final submission. Please use the conference final paper template: Final Paper Template [191KB].

Paper Submissions

Welcome Reception

Join us for light refreshments and drinks at the new Library building at the at the Inveresk Campus, where you will be welcomed to country and meet your fellow delegates.

Wednesday 29th November 5pm

Find out more about Inveresk campus

Keynote speakers

Robert Morris-Nunn

Robert Morris-Nunn is regarded as one of the most significant architects currently practising in Tasmania. In 2010 he was awarded the President’s Prize (Tas) by the Australian Institute of Architects, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the profession. In 2013 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Tasmania. Recently he became a Member of the Order of Australia. Some recent projects include Moss 39, MAC 01, Brooke St Pier and Saffire.

Hartwig Künzel, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Prof. Dr. Hartwig M. Künzel is head of the department Hygrothermics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Germany since 1994. He is an expert in building physics, specialising in heat and moisture transfer in building materials, envelope assemblies and whole buildings. During his PhD work, Künzel developed the hygrothermal model WUFI®, an internationally recognized and widely applied simulation model for moisture control in buildings. Künzel is member of ASHRAE and has been principal reviser of Chapter 25 of the internationally renowned ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals. He has been awarded the International Honorary Membership of SHASE, the Japanese Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers in 2023. He is teaching “climate adapted design” and “indoor climate” as honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart. He holds several patents and has published more than 450 scientific articles in international trade journals, conference proceedings and textbooks.

Tina Tam, Lovell Chen

Architect and certified Passive House designer Tina Tam works on the adaptive reuse, refurbishment and extension of buildings, particularly heritage buildings. Many of her projects are award-winning and significant, such as Melbourne's Regent Theatre and the Old Quad redevelopment (University of Melbourne). As a designer, she is interested in the translation of design ideas into buildable solutions, co-ordinating all elements of the construction process for the best outcomes. Much of her work involves investigating existing structures. She looks for design responses that balance the modifications needed for new uses with respect for a building's heritage significance, whatever the size of project.

David Ritter, Atelier Ten

Leader of the Melbourne office for progressive, global sustainability consulting practice, Atelier Ten, David has 25 years of experience in delivering cutting-edge design solutions founded upon a deep appreciation and understanding of building physics.

Accomplished in environmental engineering and sustainability master planning, he has delivered exemplar sustainability and environmental design solutions on major projects spanning the sectors including arts, culture, commercial, health, and education. He has worked across the globe including projects in the UK, Europe, USA, China and Australia.

David regularly teaches sustainable design and building simulation techniques at universities across Melbourne including integrated architecture and engineering design studios at Melbourne University and the Sustainable Construction course at Swinburne University.

Lindsay Clare

Lindsay Clare has been in practice with Kerry Clare since 1979. The RAIA Gold Medal Jury noted that, “Kerry and Lindsay Clare have made an enormous contribution to the advancement of architecture and particularly sustainable architecture, with a strongly held belief that good design and sustainable design are intrinsically linked”. Their buildings allow occupants to engage with architecture and the world outside, reinforcing the essential connection with place.

Peter Walker, Cumulus

Peter Walker is a principal and founding director of Cumulus Studio. Insatiably curious, he uses design to better understand the world around him, seeing each project as a chance to dive into something new - be it place, culture, material or experience. He believes architecture is as much art and poetics as it is engineering or construction and is inspired to create spaces that are connected to their place and evoke deep emotional responses. Peter believes not only in the importance of environmental responsibility but also in the need for long term social and cultural sustainability of projects.  In line with a “less is more approach” to sustainability Peter has deliberately sought projects that continue the memories and traditions of a place and include the sensitive transformation of buildings such as a dilapidated Georgian warehouse for UTAS, the heritage hydro buildings at Pumphouse Point, and a timber Apple Shed for Willie Smiths. Awarded nationally and internationally for his high profile tourism project portfolio, Peter’s tourism work projects such as the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, Devil’s Corner and Pumphouse Point.  His work always has a clear, central idea which informs each design and construction decision. Amongst other awards Peter is a past winner of the Timber Design Association’s Timber Awards and the Tasmanian Emerging Architect Prize.

Workshop Activities

Wednesday 29th November 2023

Tasmania's School of Architecture and Design will offer short workshops on the day before presentations. The workshops will be finalised closer to the conference .

Attendance at these workshops are highly recommended and very popular! Plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

The 2023 Organising Committee

This conference organising committee is lead by the Conference Chair, Dr. Mark Dewsbury and is made up of PhD students within the Tasmanian Architectural Science Laboratory (TASL) at Utas School of Architecture and Design:

  • Antonia Guan
  • Freya Su
  • Jack Tan
  • Rhys Tanton

Experience the North West Coast of Tasmania

Stay for the weekend and breathe some of the cleanest air in the world, whilst engaging in some of our unique attractions. Did somebody mention penguins?

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