Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, home to our Graduate School, the Melbourne School of Design.
In addition to teaching across the built environment disciplines at Masters and PhD level, the Faculty also administers and teaches into the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Design.
Academic expertise within the Faculty is pushing the boundaries of knowledge in seven key disciplines – Architecture, Construction, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban and Cultural Heritage, Urban Design and Urban Planning.
Our research hubs, centres and institutes produce excellent research, leading the nation in built environment fields, as evidenced by our Excellence in Research Australia ratings.
We are committed to our multidisciplinary approach to knowledge generation and the imperative to prepare our students and staff to advance into the world, and to adapt and design solutions for a future we cannot yet predict.
Our community is a vibrant and passionate one, and inspires the Faculty leadership. Our students, staff, alumni, research collaborators, partners and friends in industry all have the motivation and vision to improve how we live, and are working towards that worthy goal every day.
Here you will find information about the Faculty leadership, our structure, decision-making bodies and academic leads for our teaching programs.
Professor Julie Willis
Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Professor Julie Willis is an authority on the history of Australian architecture 1890-1950 and is a leading researcher in the development of modern hospital architecture in Australia.
She is currently involved in major projects examining the development of innovative school architecture in Australia; and equity and diversity in the Australian architectural profession. With Professor Philip Goad, she is Editor of the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2012, 832pp). Julie is past editor of the refereed journal Fabrications and now a Chair of its editorial board, a member of the advisory board of Architectural Theory Review and an editorial board member of The Conversation. She is a co-founder for Parlour, Australia’s leading organisation for women in architecture.
Professor Willis commenced in the role as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in November 2016. Prior to this, Professor Willis was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne from June 2013. In this role she worked with senior members of the University’s research community and with Associate Deans (Research) across all faculties to support and enhance research performance, and to recruit and support outstanding researchers at all levels.
Faculty Executive Director
Professor Julie Willis (Dean) is supported by two key staff members:
- Andrew Hutson (Deputy Dean) who oversees the academic administration of the Faculty
- Rebecca Bond (Faculty Executive Director) oversees the provision of professional services.
Together they are supported by the following group of senior academics and managers who form the Faculty Executive and Leadership Team.
Acting Director, Bachelor of Design
|Professor Donald Bates|
Governance and Advisory Boards
The Faculty has in place a governance structure which articulates the Faculty’s system of committees and advisory bodies. This structure was reviewed during 2017 and approved by the University Council. Our revised structure has been implemented to ensure effective decision-making and information sharing within the Faculty.
Each of our academic programs are overseen by either a Program or Pathway Coordinator.
- Pathway Coordinators oversee our majors in Bachelor of the Design and report to our Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Dr Alan March.
- Program Coordinators manage our Graduate programs and report to the Director, Melbourne School of Design, Professor Alan Pert.
|Dr Janet McGaw||Architecture|
|Dr Andrew Martel||Construction|
|Dr Sidh Sintusingha||Landscape Architecture|
|Iderlina Mateo-Babiano||Urban Design and Planning|
|Professor Donald Bates||Architecture|
|Robert Crawford||Construction Management|
|Professor Alan Pert||Landscape Architecture|
|Professor Piyush Tiwari||Property|
|Stuart King||Urban and Cultural Heritage|
|Professor Alan Pert||Urban Design|
|John Stone||Urban Planning|
We will achieve this through the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies and policies which proactively address issues of social equity and diversity within the Faculty. These issues may include equal opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying in the learning and working environment for staff and students amongst others.
In helping us fulfil this mission we have created the role of Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity). As our Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity), Dr Anna Hurlimann will oversee the re-development of the Faculty’s Equal Opportunity Strategic Plan which outlines ways to continue to build a workplace culture which enables social inclusion and full participation of all staff and students.
Our Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity) represents the Faculty on the University of Melbourne Network for Equal Opportunity, and liaises with the Fairness and Diversity Unit.
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