Dr Douglas Brown

Dr Douglas Brown

Dr Douglas Brown

Sessions:

Bushfire Bunker Design Considerations (View Abstract)

Incorporating Landscape Design to Improve Bushfire Performance (View Abstract)

Dr Douglas Brown is the Principal of Bushfire Architecture, a research consultancy which provides advice on building in bushfire-prone areas. In 2017 he completed his PhD entitled Domestic Architecture and the Perception of Risk in Bushfire-Prone Areas, this was undertaking in the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney. For the last two years he has presented at the Blue Mountains Bushfire Community Forum, which is run in conjunction with the Australian Bushfire Building Conference, where he presented a paper in 2018. He regularly gives radio interviews: ABC Lismore (Feb. 2020), ABC Orange (Nov. 2019), ABC Sydney (Nov. 2019), ABC Sydney (Sept. 2019), ABC Orange (Sept. 2019), ABC South East NSW (Feb. 2019).

Since 2015 he has been an academic at Western Sydney University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Construction Management and postgraduate courses in Bushfire Protection, such as Building in Bushfire-Prone Areas. Dr Brown has been a speaker at two continuing professional development (CPD) workshops run by the Australian Institute of Architects, where he spoke on ways to reduce the effect of bushfire building ignitions points: Feb. 2020 and April 2018. He also gave a CPD to the Blue Mountains Design Group in April 2015.

He is a regular contributor to The Conversation website where his publications have been viewed over 83,000 times globally, his articles include: 12 simple ways you can reduce bushfire risk to older homes (Nov. 2019), How a bushfire can destroy a home (Feb. 2019), Where to take refuge in your home during a bushfire (Aug. 2017); How can we build houses that better withstand bushfires? (Oct. 2013). In 2010 he completed his Masters in Design Science – Sustainable Design at the University of Sydney after undertaking a Graduate Internship with the NSW Rural Fire Service in 2009. He was a Bushfire CRC PhD scholarship recipient and an Associate Student of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.