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Canhui Chen

Lecturer, Architectural Design


Canhui Chen is a Lecturer in Architectural Design and one of the founding members of the architecture programme at Swinburne University of Technology, established in 2017. Prior to his tenure at Swinburne, Canhui Chen held positions as a research associate and lecturer at the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) and Master of Design Innovation and Technology (MDIT) at RMIT University, where he led the digital fabrication stream.

With a deep-seated passion for sustainability, his expertise lies in computational design and digital fabrication, emphasising material efficiency and innovative construction methods.
His research intersects the fields of digital design and the circular economy, championing the upcycling of materials within local economic contexts. His work is recognised through various academic and industry accolades and includes substantial contributions to scholarly publications and acclaimed practical projects that bring his theories to life in tangible forms.

As the Theme Leader for Innovative Building Processes at Swinburne's Smart Cities Research Institute, his distinctive approach to sustainable architecture has earned him various industry honours, including the Australian Timber Design Awards, the Victorian Premier's Design Awards, and the esteemed Good Design Awards.


Also published as: Chen, Canhui; Chen, C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Deliver research, embedded within Arup, in various IoT, Digital fabrication and Robotics based projects *; ARUP PTY Limited

* Chief Investigator

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