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.
Architecture today is the product of many disciplines, which is reflected in the diversity of choice at the Melbourne School of Design. Urban design, planning, cost management, digital design and fabrication, engineering, environmental design, materials science, construction, landscape, art and the social sciences overlap to inform what we do as architects.
Our work in construction focuses on the social, technological, financial and environmental challenges facing the construction industry today. Our research and teaching incorporates broad areas of technical endeavour, seeking to improve management of the industrial structure, the fabrication and procurement process, and the output of building.
Landscape Architecture is a unique discipline that acts as a bridge between the arts and sciences, design and the environment, and engages in core ecological, cultural and social issues in both urban and rural societies.
At the Melbourne School of Design, the teaching of the Property discipline is focused on real-world projects from across the full property and development cycle, allowing students to develop and build on expertise in valuation, property development and property management. There are opportunities to incorporate professional experience, and to proceed to further studies as a PhD candidate.
Urban and Cultural Heritage
The interpretation, management and conservation of urban and cultural heritage is increasingly a matter of urgency and significance for global cities and communities. Challenges for heritage professionals include the pressures of rapid urbanisation; issues of economic and environmental sustainability; and social change.
Urban design at the University of Melbourne teaches foundation knowledge for the design of interconnected buildings, infrastructure - our towns and cities. Our strong expertise in related disciplines (architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture) and research focus in sustainability, health and urban intensification make our urban design programs contemporary and intellectually vigorous.
Urban Planning promotes the establishment of economically viable, socially just, environmentally sustainable, and safe and healthy human settlements. It has never been more timely than now, as we adapt to global changes that impact our cities.