Dr Waldemar Jenek

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Areas of interest: Architecture with immersive technologies, augmented reality, virtual reality, augmented experiences, mixed reality, immersive environments, media architecture, design education, educational virtuality, smart cities, building information modelling (BIM)

Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany
Master of Science (Architecture Media Management) at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany



Waldemar Jenek is a PhD candidate in the School of Design and part of Urban Informatics group within QUT. His principal research interests are technologies used by architects and how they influence the design work. He is fascinated by interactive architecture and how architectural design can be linked with the environment and people. His research interests include how students can be educated employing technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality.

Thesis Title: Developing a curriculum for designing media architecture with augmented Reality tools and virtual reality tools.

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies have the potential to augment experiences within the design process of architecture and media architecture. In the context of higher education, such tools have the ability to refine traditional teaching approaches while discovering new ways of design thinking and creating design solutions in architecture schools. However, more research is needed to understand the benefits and limitations of this technology-based design approaches as these applications in the context of the design process of media architecture has not been explored. Therefore, the main aim of this research is to explore AR and VR technologies, in an architectural education context. Based on a literature review of architectural education, media architecture, and augmented reality and virtual reality a curriculum for a design unit will be designed, implemented and evaluated in an architectural design studio setting. Three case studies will be conducted to explore the potential of AR and VR in an architectural education context. A response of the students to the new curriculum and methods in the studio environment will be evaluated through surveys, interviews, and observations. These results will inform the refinement of the curriculum for the purpose of simplifying content delivery and eliminating issues. The outcome of the study will be recommendations for teaching undergraduate architecture students to use of augmented reality and virtual reality in the design process of media architecture.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Glenda Amayo Caldwell
Associate Supervisor: Dr Jared Donovan
Mentoring Supervisor: Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen
External Supervisor (Data61): Matt Adcock SMMAS PhD and Mingze Xi Postdoctoral Fellow

Estimated Completion Date: July 2021