Building design innovation expert Professor Mathew Aitchison has been appointed by Monash University to lead a new research lab that aims to influence and transform the design, production and management of the built environment.

Jointly hosted by Monash University’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture and Faculty of Engineering, ‘The Future Building Initiative’ led by Aitchison will develop and deliver innovations for the construction industry that continues to rely on pre-industrial knowledge and processes.

The research lab will collaborate with leading industry and academic partners on applied research projects, playing a critical translational role between research and industry, and helping usher in radical change in traditional systems.

“At Monash we’re in a position to formulate and supply the industry with intelligent and technology-enabled solutions that have the potential to transform the construction industry,” says Aitchison.

Having worked for multinational giant Lendlease, one of the high-profile industry partners of the initiative, Aitchison believes their strong working relationships give them a world-leading advantage to achieve the desired end-to-end innovations and transformation required by the construction industry.

Aitchison joins Monash University from Sydney University where he was director of the Innovation in Applied Design Lab.

Professor Shane Murray, dean of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture says, “Professor Aitchison’s integrative approach to design and technology coupled with his extensive international experience places Monash in a strong position to tackle longstanding challenges and deliver effective and transformative solutions in the construction sector.”