We are housed in a converted 1951 diesel locomotive workshop. The conversion was designed by Six Degrees Architects and Sustainable Built Environments, and has won multiple awards for design excellence in sustainability and adaptive re-use. Its industrial character exemplifies our strong environmental focus, timber research, and learning by making philosophy.
Our world-class teaching and research facilities include large open-plan design studios that provide flexible, collaborative spaces for learning and teaching. There are additional tutorial and seminar rooms, exhibition areas and a 153-seat lecture theatre. Computer labs and workshops are equipped with the latest software platforms and the most advanced fabrication machinery.
The building provides such an open environment that you interact with other students at all times and you can see what they are doing. Students get to work together and see each other and benefit from that constant interaction and seeing each other’s work… You constantly develop new ideas through talking with people and it is a really great experience.
Purpose-built Learning Spaces
Our learning and teaching environment is purpose built and provides world-class facilities to ensure that all students enjoy a rewarding university experience that is collaborative, practice-based and applied. Generous student study spaces provide for independent study and group work.
Our workshops are a feature of the School and combine traditional fabrication equipment with cutting edge Computer Numerically Controlled tools. In the building workshop, emphasis is placed on material fabrication of digital design propositions, with Computer Numerically Controlled laser cutters, router, 3D printers and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm. The furniture design workshop is equipped with high-quality machinery and tools for the design and making of fine furniture.
Our computer labs support Mac and Windows and include a wide range of industry standard software for Building Information Modelling (BIM), environmental analysis, graphic processing, digital design and Computer Numerically Controlled manufacturing. Digital design platforms include parametric and generative design tools, including Rhino 3D and its parametric plug-in Grasshopper, ArchiCAD, Revit, Vectorworks, SketchUp and the Adobe Creative Suite. Students are supported to fast track their digital design skills at their own pace with hundreds of e-learning, online tutorials provided through our Institute of Digital Design Australia subscription.