About us

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, incorporating the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), is a creative and people-oriented built environment faculty in Australia’s leading research-intensive university.

We’re passionate about activating the next generation of built environment professionals, providing a world-recognised education which inspires and enables our graduates to create and influence our world.

We teach across the built environment fields, making us unique among Australian universities, and part of a select group worldwide. This mix of expertise enables us to prepare our graduates to design solutions for an unpredictable future.

Our staff and students are busy visualising exciting and relevant ways of programming our cities. Melbourne, ranked as the world’s most liveable city, is a fantastic city in which to become and be an expert in the built environment fields.

Researchers and industry practitioners teach our programs and are leaders in public conversations about our cities and regions, shaping policy development and transforming Australian practice.

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning hosts the Bachelor of Design, a comprehensive range of built environment graduate programs, and a network of research hubs, labs and centres that bring together experts who are internationally recognised leaders in their fields.

The University of Melbourne established an Architectural Atelier in 1919 and one of the first Bachelor degrees in Architecture in 1927. Our lively culture of exploration manifests in our classrooms, studios and research enquiry, complemented by lectures, forums and exhibitions. Our cultural diversity is one of our strengths: students and staff have come to Melbourne from over 50 countries. We have a strong alumni body who hold leadership roles across Australia and the world.


We strive to develop imaginative, thoughtful, critical yet industrious students, complete with the appropriate skills to improve the quality of our built environment, addressing complex questions through a synthesis across disciplines.

Structure and leadership

Our Dean, Professor Julie Willis, is supported by a leadership team, governance and advisory boards and program coordinators.

Meet the team

Professor Julie Willis (Dean)

Work with us

We offer our staff the opportunity to be part of a dynamic world-class organisation, which provides exceptional benefits and support at every stage of their life and career.

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