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NADAAA, who in collaboration with John Wardle Architects, designed the new MSD building, have captured the number one slot for design in the 2014 Architect's top 50 design firms in America. This is the second year in a row the Boston-based practice, led by Nader Tehrani, have picked up this prestigous award.

The design jury noted the firm’s command over a diverse range of typologies and geographies, regardless of whether it’s a $90 million School of Architecture that just opened in Australia or an elegant private home sited amid olive groves in France. The judges hailed the firm’s “strong handling of materials and structural form to shape light and connect to each site.”

An international Green Good Design award has just been awarded to John Wardle Architects and NADAAA for the Melbourne School of Design project.

The $129 million, 15,700sqm building has also been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education Design rating, the only building to be awarded all 10 innovation points under Green Star.

Architecture critic Joe Rollo writes about the new Melbourne School of Design building in The Age today, describing it as "a wonderful facility in glass and wood and concrete and zinc, designed for visibility and engagement, filled with the kinds of complexities which have come to mark much of Wardle's work."

Open Day 2014 was a momentous occasion for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning as the doors of our newly completed Melbourne School of Design building were opened to prospective students for the first time.

 On August 8, 2014 the new Melbourne School of Design building was handed over to our Faculty by Brookfield Multiplex.  This represented a key milestone in the life of a project which commenced back in 2008. 


The University of Melbourne’s new architecture building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education Design rating, and has become the only building to ever be awarded all 10 innovation points under Green Star, including the recently added credits for life cycle assessment.

As our new building nears completion, interest is beginning to grow across the built environment media and community. Architectural Review Asia Pacific explores the building 'under construction' in the newly released 135 - Elements edition.

Practical Completion for the new ABP building is just 7 weeks away, scheduled for 8 August 2014.  Do take a look at the great videos the Faculty has prepared of the construction process:

This week we received the welcome news that our new building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design  - Education Design v1 Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. 

As construction works continue this month on the ABP new building, Masson Road and Spencer Road will remain shut for brick laying works, as well as the path between Redmond Barry building and the building site.