Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability

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Profile Information

CUDAS comprises three research themes: Urban Design, Architechtural Practice and Humanities, and Sustainable Environments and Practice, which constitute the main areas of research focus in the Department of Architecture and 3D Design. These investigations operate at many scales and levels, but a common thread throughout these investigations is a concern about the integration of architectural, environment and urban design. Accordingly, the overarching ethos of CUDAS is that design informs all aspects of academic research of the built environment, whether in the historical, cultural, theoretical or environmental contexts. 

Through its diverse community of researchers, the centre takes a broadly inter-disciplinary and integrated approach to key areas of focus in architecture and urban design that both build upon historical precedents and advance new theoretical possibilities for the built environment and the city-at-large.

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village Earth & Environmental Sciences
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science
urban development Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
Timber Engineering & Materials Science
China Social Sciences
Vietnam Social Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings

Bai, Y., Gao, J., Pitts, A., Gao, Y., Bai, W. & Tao, Z., 14 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 4, 19 p., 977.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
residential building
Sustainable development
Earth (planet)

Community Land Trust Solutions to Local Housing Issues

Chadwick, H., 26 Mar 2018, AMPS Proceedings Series 10: Cities, communities and homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?. Cairns, G. & Tracada, E. (eds.). AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society), p. 164-170 7 p. (AMPS proceedings series; no. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Contradictions in architecture design studios: Reflections on the concepts of design embedded in architectural education

Gomes, D., Tzortzopoulos, P. & Meddings, C., 12 Jul 2018, Proceedings of the 5th International conference on Architecture and Built Environment S.ARCH 2018. Venice, Italy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Projects 2018 2020

Sustainable and Creative Village Research Network - South West China

Pitts, A. & Gao, Y.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 2001 2019

Chinese and European Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
13 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The Shop-House in Vietnam

Adrian Pitts (Speaker), Thanh Dang (Speaker)
8 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

5th Symposium of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network - SW China

Adrian Pitts (Organiser), Yun Gao (Organiser), Lili Dong (Organiser), Quan Wen (Organiser)
22 Mar 201924 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...