The University of Technology Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, right in the middle of China Town. In relation to other universities in Sydney, UTS is unusually urban. Located in a highly dynamic and multicultural precinct, students find themselves exposed to a dense, central part of the city and a specific downtown working environment. Though the university is a fairly young institution, established in 1989, it rapidly became one of Australia’s leading universities of technology and a hotspot for forward thinking design education.
With over 37,000 enrolled students, UTS offers 130 undergraduate and 210 postgraduate courses in a broad scope of fields, ranging from architecture and engineering to communication and nursing. Our research collaboration was done at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), which promotes active engagement with contemporary design, material production and the urban environment. The school is keen on investigating various contexts that mediate urban development, including the meaning of space, objects and materials in the built environment. DAB promotes a dynamic design culture through a studio-led, practice-oriented environment.
UTS is a valuable research partner as it has a distinct model of learning, a strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions. DAB values an active engagement with contemporary design, material production and the urban environment to produce innovative and socially significant research that is valued at an international level and to actively contribute to the reputation of UTS as a world leading university of technology.