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Come along to our careers in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, property and construction project management event!

This event will give you the opportunity to get a real taste of what it is like to be an Architectural Design student at Adelaide and you will have the opportunity to also

WIN an Apple Watch!*

Event Details:

Date:               Tuesday 12 December 2017

Time:              5:00pm (for a 5:15pm start) – 7:30pm

Location:        Ground Floor Hub Central
The University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus

At this event we will show you how studying Architectural Design at the University of Adelaide opens up many career opportunities and enhances your employability around the globe. You will also learn more about what sets our degree apart from similar degrees at other institutions.

This is followed by a catered networking event, where you can speak to current students, staff and lecturers.

Registration is essential so please register you and any family members here

* Apple Watch Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is only open to applicants who register AND attend either the Careers in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, property and construction project management on Tuesday 12 December 2017 or Careers in Law events at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday 5 December 2017. (Only one watch will be awarded across these two events) 2. You gain automatic entry into the competition by attending either of the above events. 3. The winner will be notified by Wednesday 13 December 2017. 4. Parents attending the events are not eligible to enter. 5. The Prize is not transferable and cannot be taken as cash. 6. The prize is a Series 3 Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular. 7. Maximum prize value is $600 AUD 8. The University of Adelaide will make reasonable attempts to contact the prize winner by email and telephone (if phone number is supplied). 9. The Prize must be taken within 1 month of notification and is subject to availability. 10. The University of Adelaide will not be held responsible for the loss or theft of the prize after it has been awarded. 11. If there is a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine the identity of the entrant.  12. If for any reason the promotion is not capable or running as planned, the University of Adelaide reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion. 13. The decision of the University is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 14. Personal information gathered from you will be used for the primary purposes, and handled by the University, as set out in the University’s Privacy Policy. The University may utilise de-identified information for planning or statistical purposes. Please refer to the University’s Privacy Policy for more information, including the types of other entities to which the University may need to disclose personal information; and how you can make a complaint if you feel your privacy has been breached. 15. By entering the prize draw, entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions



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Thursday, 30 November 2017

alan-peters-webAn expert in urban planning and its economic impact has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Professor Alan Peters has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of urban and rural planning.

He will join the University of Adelaide in February 2018, having served as the Head of the School of Built Environment and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) over the past seven years.

Born and initially educated in South Africa, Professor Peters holds a PhD from Rutgers University in the United States.

Before moving to Australia, he was Professor of Planning and Director of the Graduate School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. He is a former Director of the Planning Research Centre and Associate Dean Research at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and he holds the title of Honorary Professor with University College London.

“Professor Peters brings decades of experience in urban planning and international academic leadership to this role,” says the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay.

“His research has been supported at federal, state and local levels in the United States, Canada and Australia, including the US Federal Reserve, and his work has involved close links with both public and private institutions.”

Professor Peters’s current research is focused on the impact of planning and transportation on housing prices; the impact of taxes on state and local investment; and the history of early-English planning, including the advent of map-making technology.

He has expertise in geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and 3D visualisation, and has studied the consequences of urban form, vegetation, and buildings on the environment.

Professor Peters is the author of four books and numerous papers, with another book on the way.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the University of Adelaide’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, which has a long history of teaching and learning in the fields of architectural and urban design, and landscape architecture,” says Professor Peters.

“My focus will be to extend quality educational offerings to students of all levels – from aspiring professionals to those already working in industry – and to help strengthen the University’s research and its relevance to our community,” he says.

Professor Peters will succeed George Zillante, who is stepping down from his role as Head of School and will continue as a Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

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Monday 27 November 2017


A special plaque will today be added to the iconic statue of Colonel William Light on Montefiore Hill, North Adelaide.

Light oversaw the first plan of the City of Adelaide in 1837, and his statue overlooks the city in memory of his vision.

In keeping with Light’s key role in city planning, the new plaque will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Australian Town Planning and Housing Conference and Exhibition, which was held in Adelaide in 1917.

The plaque ceremony has been organised as part of the official activities of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2017, to be held at the University of Adelaide this week (28-30 November), 100 years after that initial national conference.

This week’s conference – bringing together leaders in urban planning, architecture, economics and demography from around Australia and overseas – will tackle issues of major importance to the future of Australian cities, such as:

Housing affordability in Australian Cities. Where’s the Crisis?

This plenary session will ask and address the question: do we really have a housing affordability crisis in Australia? How does housing affordability impact on different Australian cities? And who in our community do we need to worry about and protect? The session brings together researchers from the University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne and Heriot-Watt University, whose work is focused on supply and demand, human effects, measurement, and international policy responses.

Urban Resilience

This panel session, featuring a range of eminent speakers and chaired by University of Adelaide Professor Jon Kellett, will investigate the issue of creating a “resilient city” – one that can rebound from a range of systemic shocks. These includes economic, demographic or natural disasters. How can this work inform policy decisions, and what are the barriers to and opportunities for creating a truly resilient city?

For full details of the conference program, visit:


Media Contacts:

Associate Professor Emma Baker, conference organiser and chair, Housing Affordability session – ARC Future Fellow, School of Architecture & Built Environment, The University of Adelaide, Mobile: +61 (0)406 383 212,

Professor Jon Kellett, conference organiser and chair, Urban Resilience session – Professor of Planning & Property, School of Architecture & Built Environment, The University of Adelaide, Mobile: +61 (0)481 086542,

Professor Chris Leishman, speaker, Housing Affordability session – Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Adelaide, Mobile: +61 (0)450 356 975,

Crispin Savage, Media Officer, The University of Adelaide, Phone: +61 (0)8 8313 7194,

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The Urban Ecosystem design Lab of the School of Architecture, University of Adelaide, is in Whyalla with a group of students for two weeks. The students are participating in an intensive Urban Design studio, organised in collaboration with the local government. The studio provides a full immersion experience in this South Australian regional community with the […]

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