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:
- Alan Pert (Deputy Dean) who oversees the academic administration of the Faculty
- Angela Brown (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.
Faculty Executive Director
Director, Bachelor of Design
Director, Melbourne School of Design
Associate Dean (Research)
Associate Dean (Engagement)
Associate Dean (International)
Associate Dean (Academic Resources)
Associate Dean (Teaching Quality)
Academic Leadership Team
Assistant Dean (Graduate Research)
Assistant Dean (IT)
Assistant Dean (Diversity & Inclusion)
Professional Leadership Team
Manager, Engagement and Partnerships
Manager, Risk and Strategic Projects
Manager, Research Impact
Manager, Fabrication, Innovation and Technology
Manager, Research and Industry
Manager, Academic Support Office
Manager, Strategy, Planning and Resources
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 Director, Bachelor of Design, Professor Hélène Frichot.
- Program Coordinators manage our Graduate programs and report to the Director, Melbourne School of Design, Professor Alan Pert.
|Dr Alberto Pugnale||Architecture|
|Dr Sidh Sintusingha||Landscape Architecture|
|Dr Kimberly Winson-Geideman||Property|
|Dr Hyung Min Kim||Urban Design and Planning|
|Dr Djordje Stojanovic||Architecture|
|Robert Crawford||Construction Management|
|Professor Alan Pert||Landscape Architecture|
|Dr Georgia Warren-Myers||Property|
|Stuart King||Urban and Cultural Heritage|
|Dr Elek Pafka||Urban Design|
|A/Prof Crystal Legacy||Urban Planning|
Business partnering describes the way expanded shared services works to support the Faculty towards its operational and strategic goals. Business partners will remain embedded within divisions however operate across a cluster, shared with ABP and Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT); or the STEM faculties more broadly (for the functions of Advancement & RIC).
|Leeyin Chuah||Associate Director, Finance and Reporting|
|Danny Donbavand||HR Director|
|Amanda McMahon||Senior Development Manager, Advancement|
|Danielle Roller||Associate Director, Future Students|
|Rachel Sheldon||Associate Director, University Communication and Marketing|
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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