Future Building Initiative

Applied research with built environment industries: innovation, commercialisation, collaboration

Led by Professor Mathew Aitchison and supported by a team of interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers, the Future Building Initiative is based at Monash University, and jointly hosted by Monash Art Design & Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering.

Research team
Professor Mathew Aitchison, Dr Sarah Breen Lovett, Dr Victor Bunster, Dr Rachel Couper and Dr Duncan Maxwell

PhD candidates
Alex McRobert, Ivana Kuzmanovska, Andrew Burns and Jonathan Nelson

We encourage enquires for future research projects and collaborations.


Future Building Initiative
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East VIC 3145

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The way we develop, design, produce, and operate buildings is about to undergo a radical change. This change will usher in a new chapter for the building sector, transforming the traditional industry as we know it.

The Future Building Initiative sets itself at the forefront of R&D activity in this sector-wide transformation project. Working collaboratively with its national and international consortium of leading industry and academic partners on applied research projects, the Future Building Initiative plays a critical translational role between research and industry.

A key part of this project is to conceptualise and implement a more industrialised approach to building; an approach that will more fully utilise emerging opportunities in technology, advanced processes, and the latest thinking.

The Future Building Initiative’s broad thematic interests include:

  • integrated digital platforms for building design, development, production, and operation
  • advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • advanced materials and systems
  • digital and automated fabrication technologies
  • mass customisation
  • business innovation, incubation, and commercialisation
  • built environment policy and regulation
  • education and training of future building professionals
  • environmental performance of the built environment
  • affordable housing
  • housing development models

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