Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This project sits above the i-Hub series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) program being responsible for the wider sharing of knowledge developed from the program.

“Integrated design” aims to empower architecture with engineering and technical performance, to produce “towards zero energy” facilities that will reduce operating costs and assist to combat climate change.

The IDS’s will generate improvements in integrated design processes as well as yielding design ideas for the building typologies they are concerned with. Renewable energy technologies will be a key focus.

Project title Integrated Design Studio (IDS)-KS – IDS Knowledge Sharing
Project number IDS-KS
Project location Melbourne
Lead partner University of Melbourne
Project partners AIRAH
Project participants QUT, University of Wollongong
Start date 03/2020
End date 05/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding $41,790
Total project cost $139,300


Integrated design is not new. However, it rarely achieves its full potential due to a mix of factors. Project procurement methods, poor collaboration between architects and engineers, and client distance from design teams are just a few of these. The ever increasing design complexity required in buildings, coupled with the expanding sources of innovation and technology available to deal with it, means that integrated design is more relevant now than ever.


A series of ten Integrated Design Studios will be hosted by the Melbourne School of Design (at the University of Melbourne), along with four others IDS’s, two each at University of Wollongong and QUT. They will provide an environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on different building typologies. They will bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by masters level students to explore integrated design.

Output will include findings on how to best enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for the case study projects they examine.

The University of Melbourne


This project is expected to contribute to the development of a robust integrated design process able to be extended to industry to change the way design traditionally occurs on projects improving carbon performance.

It will also produce design ideas specific to the building typologies studied that may be adopted by the clients, or the wider education sector. The use of renewables technologies will be a key focus.

The knowledge sharing aspect of the studios (for which this particular sub-project oversees), will include publishing of academic research papers, magazine articles and an industry-wide Integrated Design Symposium.

Additional impact

Integrated Design by its nature is an inclusive process that will produce designs that better serve society as a whole. As well as improved technical (energy) performance, design outcomes are expected to also provide increased community and societal benefits.

Findings from the IDS’s will be shared across wider industry of construction and design.

Project reports

IDSKS Catalyst for Integrated Design v5.1
IDSKS Report on combined IDS outcomes and learnings
IDSKS Lessons learnt report
IDSKS Cross – program knowledge sharing report
IDSKS JP03 Lessons from Integrated Design Studios_Focus on Zero Carbon
Lessons Learnt Report
IDSKS Catalyst for Integrated Design
What are we doing about Integrated Design?

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 25/03/2020