Prof Paul Sanders

Publications by classification

Built Environment And Design
Language, Communication And Culture
Studies In Human Society

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Areas of interest: Urban Morphology, Architectural Design, Urban Design

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Architecture (University of Natal), BA(Hons) (Kingston Polytechnic), Diploma in Architecture (Kingston Polytechnic)


Professor Sanders is Discipline Leader of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He has been an academic since 1998 and has been published in international journals in the fields of architecture and urban design.

Paul established his expertise as an architect in professional practice (1988-2003) having extensive design experience through built work, as well as international design competitions.  His research is in the field of urban morphology, and completed a PhD titled ‘Consonance in Urban Form; The Architectural Dimension of Urban Morphology’.

Areas of expertise

  • Urban Morphology
  • Design
  • Regional Modernism.

Additional information

Throughout his academic career, he has paid special attention to the needs of developing a more sustainable and socially responsive architecture. This attitude to the discipline was developed through fifteen years as an architect and academic in South Africa, and has been honed during fourteen years in Brisbane. His training was at Kingston Polytechnic, UK, where the academic currency was design quality and rigor. As such, he has accumulated rich experience of living and working in three continents. Professor Sanders’s pursuit of research is founded on his discipline expertise, and he has published in a number of international journals in the fields of architecture and urban design. His service record is evidence of his ability to impact on the wider community and, as such, he believes it imperative to embolden the current generation of students to issues of social equity.


  • Innovative teaching through engaging, designing, assessing and managing learning
  • Contributing to cross-disciplinary teaching
  • Supervision of post-graduate students
  • Architecture course leadership
  • Engagement of authentic ‘real world’ learning.


  • PhD and Master of Architecture by research
  • International journal publications
  • Editor of refereed published proceedings for international conference
  • Referee of papers for journals
  • Scientific committee member for international conferences
  • Member of editorial boards.


  • 2007: Grant: $5.97 million federal and state government awards to community based projects
  • 2005: Convener of AASA international conference hosted at QUT
  • 2013:Convener of ISUF international conference hosted at QUT
  • 2010: QUT Engagement Innovation Grant: Towards a practice-based teaching and research framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design learning and knowledge for Working with Country. The Ailan Studio pilot investigation to augment authentic partnerships between remote indigenous communities and QUT.