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Dr Ian Weir

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture

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Name
Dr Ian Weir
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture
Discipline *
Architecture, Design Practice and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 2956
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Western Aust.)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Bushfire Building Council of Australia (expert advisor)
  • Registered Practicing Architect: ABWA Registration No. 1840
  • Fellow, Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management, QUT
  • Member Australian Institute of Architects
  • Member, Creative Research Group, Creative Industies Faculty QUT
  • Chair, Bremer Bay Design Coordination Group, WA
Keywords

Architecture, Biodiversity, Bushfire, Landscape, Mapping, Representation, Sustainability

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Bushfire Architecture Research Ian is a research architect (consulting) with QUT and a registered practicing architect specialising in designing for bushfire prone, biodiverse landscapes. Ian’s building designs have been featured on special episodes of ABC Television’s ‘The New Inventors’ and SBS ‘Insight’. In 2012 Ian was selected by the Australian Institute of Architects to represent innovative forms of practice at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Ian has designed homes and advised survivors of Victoria’s Black Saturday and contributed to the Royal Commission into that disaster. His recent built works have been in Shires of Denmark and Jerramungup in WA – the majority of which respond to the higher levels of bushfire attack: BAL-40 and Flames Zone (BAL-FZ).  These built works present a means of not only reconciling biodiversity conservation with bushfire safety – but also how to reduce the costs associated with building in bushfire prone areas by unifying energy efficiency with bushfire mitigation features.

Landscape Visualisation Research – Ian’s PhD – entitled Transformative Mappings – investigates the applicability of using high-end land surveying technolgy (terrestrial laser scanning, RTK GPS, Digital Total Stations) for the visualisation of botanically rich, fire prone heath landscapes. This research commenced in 2001 with assistance from Curtin University of Technology, and marked the first time such technology was applied to the spatial measure of vegetation.

This information has been contributed by Dr Ian Weir.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching Experience: Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design & Architecture

  • 2014: Honours (Fourth year) graduating design studio coordinator.
  • 2009 – 2013: Landscape Architecture Design Studio, QUT
  • 2009/10: Landscape Construction 1, QUT
  • 2000-2008: Landscape Design Studio, Architecture Design Studio, Advanced Computing, UWA
  • 1982-2000: Model Making, Technical Drawing, Presentation Techniques, Curtin UT
International Guest Critic
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) Repeat critic for “Unit 5”, Yr 3 Architectural Design. Coordinators: Patrick Weber & Mark Smout.
  • University of North London, School of Architecture, Repeat critic Yr 3 Architectural Design. Coordinators: Mark Smout and Laura Allen.
  • Architectural Association, Graduate Design School, Landscape Urbanism (Masters) studio session. Coordinators: Ciro Najle and Mohsen Mostafavi.

Australia Guest Critic

  • Biomancy RMIT Design Studio, September, 2009, RMIT University, Coordinator: Claire Martin.
  • Bushfire studio, September, 2009, Design thesis and masters studio, University of Melbourne, Coordinator: Jillian Wallis, Philip Goad, Janet McCaw.

Principal Supervisor, PhD

  • Ozgun, K. Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Analysing Energy Paradigms in Public Space.
  • Caldwell, G. Social fabrication: creating community engagement through making.
  • Young, D. From Fluid Terrains to Fluid Domains
Principal supervisor, Master of Design (Research)
  • Woodward, S. Investigation into the relationship between undergraduate landscape architecture pedagogies and 3d digital modelling technologies.
  • Nash, J. Resurgent landscapes: building ecological capacity in cultural landscapes affected by disturbance and disaster.
This information has been contributed by Dr Ian Weir.

Experience

Industrial Design

Dr Weir is a qualified Industrial Designer with seven years experience (1983-1990) in the design of agricultural, medical, diagnositc and communications equipment – with many products receiving the Australian Design Award.

Architecture

Ian is a qualified and registered practicing architect (2000 – ) with experience in conservation and heritage, urban planning, educational, ecclesiastical, and residential design. He was the lead design architect (Hames Sharley) for the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia ($40m).

Dr Weir has specialised expertise in the architectural design of residential homes in bushfire prone areas, with his first completed house in 1997. Ian has provided design advice to survivors of Black Saturday (2009), and has a number of houses completed, under construction, and under design in Western Australia. Dr Weir provides full architectural services to external clients through QUT’s Office of Commercial Services.

This information has been contributed by Dr Ian Weir.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2015
Details
National (Australia) organisation dedicated to advancement and implementation of design-led approaches to bushfire risk mitigation. Dr Ian Weir is the Western Australian state representative.
Type
Evidence of A Critical Review of Artworks
Reference year
2012
Details
Ian Weir Research Architect was selected by the Australian Institute of Architects to represent innnovation in architecture at the prestigious Venice Architecture Bienalle 2012.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Architecture, University of Western Australia
Type
Other
Reference year
2010
Details
Living with Fire Newsreport on ABC News, Stateline with Eliza Blue http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/12/03/3084595.htm
Type
Other
Reference year
2009
Details
Situate Competition Entry with Glenda Caldwell, Marissa Lindquist and Ruwan Fernando
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
H-house: Award for excellence in timber structure and engineering, Western Australian Timber Awards.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2008
Details
Chairperson: Bremer Bay Design Coordination Group, Western Australia (Continuing role). Voting member of the Bremer Bay Community Development Committee, Western Australia.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2008
Details
'Head Judge' Western Australian Timber Awards, 2008.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2007
Details
Commendation for postgraduate research publications, University of Wesrtern Australia.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2006
Details
Recipient of funding from the Federal Government's Regional Arts Fund to produce the creative research outcomes associated with my role as Guest Artist for the Perth International Arts Festival - Great Southern Region. The research outcome is the creative art project Lightsite which constituted twelve photographic artworks and one architectural installation.