Future Building Initiative

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

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.

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.

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