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.

Architects combine creative vision, innovation, technological understanding and architectural theory to shape how we live, work and play in our built environment.

We are a vibrant community, with exceptional students and staff involved in shaping the built environment through unexpected discoveries. As teachers, we strive to develop imaginative, thoughtful, critical and industrious students. Trained with the appropriate skills, they are empowered to improve the quality of our built environments by addressing complex questions through from a cross-disciplinary viewpoint. The philosophy of "Thinking and Making” encompasses all that we aspire to achieve.

Architecture at Melbourne is distinctive from other schools. We offer one of the largest and broadest studio programs for our Masters students in Australia. Our studios are a place of critical debate and applied research. Practice and studio are intrinsically linked through modes of enquiry and provocative questioning. These design laboratories are used by our staff and students to  test ideas, producing unexpected results. Creativity is at the heart of what we do.

Our students receive a grounding in architectural history, theory and technology that leads to the creation of innovative architecture. We have a commitment to our students to teach them the highly developed skills that see our graduates manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams.

Supported by some of the best fabrication workshop and makerspace facilities of any design school in Australia, our students learn to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings. Design lies at the heart of the architectural process, and our students learn to develop their designs using modelling and rendering techniques, and virtual and physical modelling.

Architecture at Melbourne is identified by the Australian Government as having exceptional research strength, performing above world standard.



Undergraduate study in Architecture is taught through the Bachelor of Design.

Study the Bachelor of Design (Architecture major)


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