Dennis Prior

Lecturer in Architectural Design


Dennis Prior is a Lecturer in Architectural Design at The University of Melbourne and a founding director of Prior Barraclough.

Dennis holds a Master of Studies with distinction from The University of Oxford (UK) and completed his architectural training at The University of Melbourne and the Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands), graduating from the former with First Class Honours and the Edward and Penelope Billson Prize for Architectural Design. His dissertation at Oxford investigated the relationship between architectural and artistic practice for which he received the prestigious Association of Art Historians Prize for graduate research, and an award for academic excellence from Hertford College.

Dennis' work in practice with Prior Barraclough is defined by the pursuit of formal, spatial, and material coherence, and the belief that design is in and of itself an intellectual concern. His built work ranges across scales and typologies from private dwellings to multi-residential housing and commercial projects. In 2022 Prior Barraclough were awarded with the inaugural EmAGN Prize by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for their Greeves Street Townhouses project.

Currently responsible for coordinating design subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels, Dennis’ pedagogy is focused on encouraging the next generation of architects to pursue a critical, engaged, and ambitious creative practice. His design teaching has been recognised with a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

View Dennis' latest design projects at or @priorbarraclough

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