Curtin University

The Curtin University project was a world-first endeavour to create a low-cost post-occupancy tool that can be used across a portfolio of campus buildings. The team undertook extensive consultation to develop the tool, engaging with Curtin leadership, faculty boards, academic and professional staff.

An online tool was created to gather feedback from staff regarding their office environments. Over 1000 academic and professional staff participated. They rated various elements of their workspace and building. On completion, each person received a customised report with evidence-based tips on how to improve their day requiring minimal changes to their workspace. 

The algorithm generated comparisons between buildings and highlighted areas of particularly poor performance. This covered comfort (acoustics, thermal comfort, lighting etc), collaboration, productivity, furniture, and health (access to stairs, connection to nature etc). This project highlighted the variation between conditional and functional audits of space, and actual user experience.