Supporting significant new research into workplace wellbeing

July 2020

Architectural Work Cultures is a ground-breaking new research project investigating the work-related wellbeing of architects and architecture studios. SJB is pleased to confirm that we are one of six practices contributing as research partners to this important project which has just received funding in the most recent round of the prestigious Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme.

Led by Professor Naomi Stead, Head of Architecture at Monash, the project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the Monash University Department of Architecture (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) and Department of Management (Faculty of Business and Economics). In addition to a number of industry-based partners, SJB joins BVN, DesignInc, Elenberg Fraser, The Fulcrum Agency and Hassell as the architectural offices participating as research partners.

At a time when work-related wellbeing is unequivocally front of mind, the project will be the first major study to use interdisciplinary, qualitative and quantitative methods to address the question of how workplace cultures and professional identity affect subjective wellbeing in architecture – and lay the foundations for practical improvements in the future.

The aim of the research is to determine exactly what effects – both positive and negative – result from work cultures and professional identity in architecture. More than this, it will go beyond knowledge to action in the profession, towards cultural change by proposing a series of events, forums, discussions, actions and interventions to improve the work- and study-related wellbeing of architects and architecture students.

The project will also produce two toolkits to assist the profession to support cultural change across educational, workplace and institutional settings.  Given how timely, important, and urgent the topic, we are proud to be supporting this first Australian study to tackle work cultures, professional identity, and occupational wellbeing in architecture - together and coherently.

For more on ‘Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing,’ see the Monash website:

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