Master of Architecture
Semester 1, 2022

Studio leader(s)

  • (Wei) Wei Yap, Ooi
    Principal, HAYBALL


The studies unit seeks to critique the lack of circular economic principles guiding the industries of Australia's built environment and, through a small project, aims to propose approaches to address this.

The small project will be confined to 6 meters by 6 meters and 6 meters.

Drawing upon circular economic principles of reduction, reuse and recycling, the small project will explore material research, fabrication, design and detailing.

Material Thinking

Much of a project's embodied carbon comes about in the construction process, via the use of virgin materials. Constructing using salvaged and re-purposed materials provides avenues for significantly reducing a building's carbon footprint.

  • The studies unit will explore how design can engage with a circular economy through the innovative reuse of materials and resources.
  • Through analysis of construction techniques and materials, the studies unit will develop models that addresses the need for low embodied carbon future.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The aim is to raise awareness about global and local sustainability challenges.
  2. Is there a plausibility to develop an architecture that engages with the circular economy concept within Australia?
  3. To what extent are we able to design within a framework?

HAYBALL Research Contributors: Kimberley Krew, Andy Nguy & Louis O'Connor.

Guest Speaker: Richard Stokes, ARUP, Sustainable Buildings Leader VIC/ SA