UNSW Built Environment: A message…or two from the Dean

16 03 2010

The space a dean is typically allotted for communication with the world tends to sit within introductory messages of faculty publications; speeches to begin or end major faculty and university events; publically-accessible discussions and debates with members of the wider community; and perhaps as an invited guest to speak as a lecturer both in and out of the classroom or as a guest critic in design studios.

Breaking from tradition, or perhaps starting a new one, I will now be lending my voice to a new platform – the blogosphere.  After a successful run with student-generated content last year, the scope of our blog is ready for expansion.  We’re making room for academic staff (including myself) as well as UNSW graduates who are now planning, designing, constructing and managing sustainable built environments in Sydney, around Australia, and throughout the world.  As more people spend more time online, with the planet nearing 6 billion connected people, it is time for our perspective on the built environment to be voiced and shared via the blogosphere.

I welcome you to Semester One 2010 at UNSW Built Environment, and invite you to not only visit this blog to read about the many projects, events and activities in which our students, staff and alumni are involved, but also to participate by providing comments along the way.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to the launch of the Utzon Lecture Series on 24 March where Jan Utzon will be speaking about his father, Jorn Utzon at the John Niland Scientia Building from 6pm.  I look forward to seeing you there in a few weeks … and here monthly.

Professor Alec Tzannes

Dean UNSW Built Environment




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