Ian Weir is a registered practising architect who specialises in designing for biodiverse, bushfire prone landscapes (Registered in WA, TAS, NSW, VIC & QLD).
He holds a PhD in Landscape Architecture and architecture from UWA (2008) and is a qualified industrial designer.
Ian was formerly the Head of Landscape Architecture and principal research architect at Queensland University of Technology where he taught design studio and established Bushfire Resilient Building Design as an international field of applied research.
Ian’s building designs have been featured on special episodes of ABC Television’s ‘The New Inventors’ and SBS ‘Insight’. In 2012 Ian was selected by the Australian Institute of Architects to represent innovative forms of practice at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Ian has designed homes and advised survivors of Victoria’s Black Saturday and contributed to the Royal Commission into that disaster. His recent built works have been in Shires of Denmark and Jerramungup in WA – the majority of which respond to the higher levels of bushfire attack: BAL-40 and Flame Zone (BAL-FZ).
Ian’s expertise regarding the design of affordable housing for bushfire prone areas as been recognized with his appointment as an expert advisor to the Bushfire Building Council of Australia.
Ian’s PhD – entitled Transformative Mappings – investigated the applicability of using high-end land surveying technology (terrestrial laser scanning, RTK GPS, Digital Total Stations) for the visualisation of botanically rich, fire prone heath landscapes. This research commenced in 2001 and marked the first time this emerging technology was applied to the spatial measure of vegetation.