Dr Dan Nyandega

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Areas of Interest: Water sensitive cities and design: architecture, infrastructures, and landscapes; Rising water levels in low-lying coastal cities – sea level rise and flooding; Water and shoreline infrastructure futures; Public buildings and open spaces as decentralised water infrastructures; Emerging construction techniques, technologies, and materiality for future territories on and under water; Incremental adaption of highly modified lowlands (reclaimed land) in coastal cities to effects of rising water/sea levels.

Originally from Kenya, Dan has a PhD in Architecture (water sensitive cities) from Monash University. As a CRCWSC PhD scholar, he worked under a multidisciplinary platform Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) working under MADA urban lab at Monash University. Upon completing his PhD, he became a post-doc research assistant for integrated urban and water planning under CRCWSC and MADA urban lab. He has a Master of Architecture from KU Leuven in Belgium, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) from Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. Before joining QUT in July 2020, Dan was a lecturer at Monash University Department of Architecture and at RMIT University Department of Landscape Architecture, where he taught design studios, architecture and city and water-related elective units at both undergraduate and masters level. Dan has also been an external examiner for master thesis for M.Arch: Human Settlement at KU Leuven University.

Dan’s research interests are driven by design-led research and include:

  • Water sensitive cities, urbanism, and design: architecture, infrastructures, and landscapes.
  • Designing for flood (and drought) resilience, rising water levels in low-lying coastal cities – sea level rise and flooding.
  • Water and shoreline infrastructure futures.
  • Public buildings and open spaces as decentralised water infrastructures.
  • Design experimentation with emerging construction techniques, technologies, and materials for future territories at the intersection of water and land, and territories on water and underwater. These interests are explored through digital fabrication and robotics. 
  • Incremental adaption of highly modified lowlands (reclaimed land) in coastal cities to effects of rising water/sea levels.