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Industry partnership to grow next generation of architects

Volume 10 Number 3 March 10 - April 13 2014

Colour design scheme by Ella Leoncio Credit: Mim Design/Ella Leoncio/Bree Leech for Dulux
Colour design scheme by Ella Leoncio Credit: Mim Design/Ella Leoncio/Bree Leech for Dulux


A new partnership between Dulux Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning will create enhanced industry links in the areas of paints, colours and coatings, including developing cutting-edge research. By Rebecca Scott

Dulux Australia will become the major sponsor of the gallery space in the Architecture, Building and Planning Faculty’s new building and will also add depth to students’ learning about current industry practice on paints, colours and coatings.

The partnership also provides opportunities for research collaboration between Dulux and the faculty’s leading researchers, with some projects already under way.

Sustainable Building expert Mr Chris Jensen knows the benefits of industry experts collaborating with researchers. He has a longstanding research relationship with the company, evaluating the effectiveness of Dulux cool roof coatings, which reflect heat.

“There is a lot of interest in this area, to make buildings work harder and smarter to reduce cooling energy. Preventing the heat entering a building just makes the most sense,” he says.

“Regardless of location, commercial buildings typically need year-round cooling so high performance heat reflective coatings can provide major energy and CO2 savings for the construction and commercial industries.”

Through close collaboration with Dulux, his research team has been able to fine-tune their energy modelling to isolate the effect of Dulux’s products. 

They are the only Australian research group working to calibrate a model for future predictions of building coating performance.

“Building energy modelling is the way of the future. It has been great to put this work into action through our relationship with Dulux to test their products,” Mr Jensen says. 

For architect, design blogger and Melbourne graduate Ella Leoncio, the use of colour is integral to her work. 

“Colour is one of the first things I consider in the design process. It’s so integral to the way I imagine the quality of a space. Colour can really change how a space feels,” she says.

It was through her blog, Pages from my Moleskine, that Dulux approached her to design sets with some of their forecasted colour palettes.

 “For this project, showing people how to generate interesting spaces through the use of colour was a great creative process to undergo,” she says. 

“Working with Dulux helped me refine my understanding of colour and develop a greater understanding of its potential. 

“It encouraged me to experiment with colours I may not otherwise have considered. The palettes challenged me to step outside of the norms and to pull together something bolder and more aspirational to share with the public.”

The industry partnership with the University of Melbourne is the largest sponsorship of a university by Dulux Australia and demonstrates a commitment to world-class built environment education.

Mr Phil White, General Manager, Trade Division, Dulux Australia says this partnership builds on Dulux’ commitment to fostering the next generation of built environment professionals. 

“We are proud to partner with such a prestigious institution,” he says.

“We are also excited to contribute to the construction of the new Architecture building, which will not only provide students with an engaging and interactive learning environment, but will enhance the architectural landscape of the campus for all University students.”

The new building will provide an unparalleled facility for built-environment education in Australia, positioning teaching and learning at the centre of the physical building. 

Tom Kvan, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning says the Faculty is very pleased to have the support of Dulux Australia for future students.

“Like the company, we seek also to protect, maintain and enhance the spaces and places in which we live and work,” he says. 

“The exhibition culture of our Faculty is strong and the communication of research and learning is central to our purpose. 

“By naming the primary gallery of our new building the Dulux Gallery, and creating learning opportunities with our students, we are demonstrating the importance and value of industry partnership in the field of design.”