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Lecturer, Computational Design, UNSW

Dr Nicole Gardner is a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Computational Design, in the Australian School of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Her teaching and research explores the relationships between contemporary digital culture and design practice from the scale of architectural cyber-physical making systems to smart city strategies. She is an Australian Registered Architect (NSW 7921) with fifteen years project experience in Adelaide, London, and Sydney. Nicole has worked across a broad range of project typologies and scales, including individual and multi-scale residential, education and institutional. Her work on major public transport projects includes the King’s Cross Underground Station Redevelopment, London and, in her role as a Senior Architect with Arup, Sydney, design concepts for the proposed Sydney Metro, and several significant rail projects in NSW. She has undertaken academic research into urban mobility and digital technologies, including the co-authored publication: Infostructure: A Transport Research Project (2010, FreerangePress) and Interchanging: Future designs for responsive transport environments (2014). Nicole has taught and lectured in architecture, and design theory, at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her doctoral thesis adopted an interdisciplinary method and liminal theory to critique discourses on mobile technologies and public space in the context of urban transformation.


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales


    NSW Architects Registration Board, Registered Architect, #7921
  • 2017 
    University of Technology Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Architecture (1st Hons)
  • 1998 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Design Studies


  • 2017
    SMLXL: Scaling the smart city, from metropolis to individual, City, Culture and Society
  • 2014
    Interchanging: Future Designs for Responsive Transport Environments, AADR
  • 2010
    Infostructure: A Transport Research Project, Freerange Press

Research Areas

  • Digital And Interaction Design (120304)
  • Architecture (1201)
  • Urban Design (120508)
  • Transport Planning (120506)