Dr Duncan Maxwell

Dr Duncan Maxwell

Dr Duncan Maxwell

Research Program Lead, Future Building Initiative

Department of Architecture

Monash University Research Portal

Graduate research supervisor

Dr Duncan W. Maxwell is a Senior Lecturer, leads the Future Building Initiative at Monash University, and is Digital Program Lead of Buidling 4.0 CRC. In addition, he is a Registered Architect (Qld: #4821).

Duncan's research interests lie in the future of the construction industry, with an emphasis on the industrialisation and digital transformation of building design, production, and assembly. In addition to a PhD from the University of Sydney (2018), he holds an MArch from the University of Tasmania (2008), and BSc from Robert Gordon University (2006) in Scotland.

His research is conducted in an applied mode, working closely with industry on 'live' problems and projects. Research interests focus on the role of design in the future building industry, prefabricated building systems, advocating for a greater design emphasis in platform-based construction, and the utilisation of design as a strategic tool across the building value chain, for example in supply chain & logistics activities.

Through the teaching of the "Industrialised Building" studio, Duncan pursues the communication of research to students in order to expand the concepts and thinking that underpin the industrialisation of construction. Further, he is Research Program Lead (Digital) for Building 4.0 CRC and works with the CRC to coordinate Monash University’s research contributions.

News & events

Recent news

Upcoming events


Building 4.0 CRC

Better buildings, new efficiencies through technology and collaboration.

CRC-P Future Living System

Creating a real-scale prototype apartment from a range of prefabricated and modular elements.

CRC-P Capstone Prototype

Showcasing the potential of industrialised construction through innovative full-scale prototypes.

CRC-P Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture

Transforming the housing construction industry towards an innovative, advanced manufacturing future.

uTecture Industry Test Group Report

Single dwelling design tools for improved customer outcomes.

Adaptable Housing for People with Disability

Demonstrating how dwellings can be creatively designed and modified to adapt to people’s changing needs and circumstances.