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How to create liveable spaces with STEM

Nicole Destimas and Hayley Bell (co-founders of Belnic) - Liveable Spaces

Want to build the world’s most liveable city? Here’s how to become a future “placemaker”

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, four Australian cities – Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne – made the Global Liveability Ranking’s top ten most liveable cities list in 2021. (Auckland in New Zealand took out the number one spot.) But what exactly is it that makes a city ‘liveable’? 

The researchers behind the ranking look at more than 30 different factors to determine which cities have the best and worst living conditions, including things like the quality of education and health care, crime levels, sports and cultural activities, transport infrastructure and services, and the quality of water, energy and housing.

All of these aspects of our immediate environment can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. A lack of public transport can limit our job opportunities. On the other hand, green spaces improve the air quality and therefore our health. There are so many ways that where we live, work, study and play can affect our quality of life.

Better builds ahead

Architects, designers, urban planners and construction managers all play a role in ensuring that buildings, infrastructure and public spaces meet the needs of the people and communities who use them. They also need to keep the environment in mind, by protecting existing natural features like trees or wildlife habitats, and using sustainable materials and building practices.

These are jobs that require design thinking, good organisation, teamwork and strong communication skills. The good news is, there are plenty of jobs – and they pay well. The construction industry is the third largest in Australia, employing a whopping 1.15 million people and generating $360 billion in revenue annually. And loads of roles in the industry lead to six-figure careers.

A career in the built environment sector could see you designing buildings, bridges or transport routes. You could help plan new suburbs, maritime ports, industrial areas or public parks, or find ways to make office interiors more COVID-safe. Or you could help bring those projects to life by supervising construction teams, managing projects and ensuring contracts and permits are in order.

The opportunities are endless – it just comes down to what kind of career you want to build in liveable spaces!

Liveable spaces study paths in construction, architecture and urban planning

Whether you want to set the vision for new developments or get hands-on and make them a reality, QUT has great study options for your future career. 

The Bachelor of Design offers a variety of streams related to the built environment – including Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture – with the chance to work on real-life design projects where you get to interact with communities and industry professionals. Following it up with a Master of Architecture will fast-track your pathway to becoming an accredited architect.

If donning a hard-hat to work on-site sounds more your thing, check out the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours). This degree offers three streams – Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning – to help you build your dream career in the construction industry. – Chloe Walker

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Creating Liveable Spaces Jobs

  • Construction project manager: $61K–$155K
  • Quantity surveyor: $53K–$114K
  • Interior architect: $48K–$79K
  • Urban planner: $53K–$104K
  • Landscape architect: $49K–$85K

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This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022. 

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