Prefabricated Bamboo Housing

Closing Date

1st January 2021*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Bamboo has been utilised as a construction material for thousands of years and has a strong connection to local craft in various cultures around the world. Whilst there is a strong intrinsic knowledge of bamboo within these societies, it is only within the last 50 years that designers and academics have begun to thoroughly research the capacity of bamboo to be utilised a contemporary building material. This has process has led to seminal projects that have structurally pushed bamboo beyond what it was traditionally capable of through the development of new methods of connection and treatment.

However bamboo faces a number of challenges when utilised as a round pole. The proposed PHD would look to investigate how bamboo has been traditionally utilised in construction and how the lamination of bamboo strips into engineered bamboo products offers an opportunity for bamboo to become a standardised product that can be utilised in mainstream construction. The project would focus upon a proposed case study of utilising laminate bamboo elements to prefabricate housing stock whilst also documenting the process of manufacturing this product from harvest to construction.

  • The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates
  • The degree can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial academic research experience evidenced by peer-reviewed publications
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

While candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Background in architecture, engineering and/or specialist knowledge of bamboo and/or construction systems
  • Demonstrated capacity in critical thinking

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Helen Norrie for further information.