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Dr Marcus White

Dr Marcus White is an award winning architect and urban designer, co-director of Harrison and White Pty Ltd and lecturer in digital design in architecture and urban design at the University of Melbourne.

He has been the recipient of numerous design awards including the RAIA Haddon Travelling Scholarship, the AIA Victorian Emerging Architect Award, the inaugural AIA National Emerging Architect Award for his contribution to practice, teaching and research, an AIA residential architecture award and was recently awarded the Graham Treloar Fellowship for his research project - Urban street tree shade analysis using high polygon 3D models with MR photometric daylight system.

Marcus’ urban design project ‘Implementing the Rhetoric’ was one of only 16 projects from Australia to be selected for inclusion in the 2010 Venice Biennale. The project explored undiluted transit oriented development coexisting with solar amenity preservation; agent based pedestrian connectivity modelling; and density distribution surface modelling; using parametric urban modelling. The project  has since been exhibited at the: Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra, Australia – (Feb/Mar 2012); Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMoFA), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, (Jun/ Sept 2012); Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong, (Oct 2012); Studio X , Kitab Mahal Mumbai, India, (Nov/Dec 2012); Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology Bengaluru, India, (Dec 2012); Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Arts Coimbatore, India, (Dec 2012); Vibrant Gujarat Gandhi Nagar, India, (Jan 2013); and India International Centre Annexe #40 New Delhi, India, (Jan 2013).

Marcus completed his PhD at RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory in collaboration with MGS Architects in 2009. His PhD focused on sustainable urban design solutions using custom digital design techniques within architectural practice. His work has been used to inform Smart Growth and Transit Oriented Development policies for various council urban design frameworks, including City of Whitehorse and City of Stonnington.

Marcus’ current research projects include:

Using Agent-Based Modeling to Inform Neighborhood Walkability with AURIN/ANDS – a partnership between Department of Planning and Community Development; City of Melbourne; VicRoads, Department of Human Services; Department of Health; Department of Sustainability and Environment; Department of Transport; McCaughey Centre - VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Lens 10 – Innovative Urban Design (Integrated design infrastructure for Australian Cities) – with the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, T Horton; M Burry; R Drogemuller; J Spoehr; A Beer; I McDougall; T Court; J Blaess; H Edwards;M Antcliff; K Holt-Damant; P Newton; J Plume; D Pryor.

Rapid Sky-View Factor Modelling using Global Illumination – researching the modelling of the critical factor of urban heat island effect, funded by a University of Melbourne ECR grant.

Human Systems for Sustainability in the University Campus – The “Living Campus” Experiment - Brazilian/Australian Research Network on Smarter Societies and Urban Connectedness - Carlton Connect Initiatives Fund – with T Kvan; F Koch; J Kaenel; C Cardonha; J Karakiewicz; F Vetere; M Kirley; J Fitzgerald; J Sichman; D Hanns.

Utilising the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network to support online teaching and learning in the built environment – Learning and Teaching initiative involving the integration of AURIN online portal as part of Urban Design Studio B and Flexible Urban Modelling  masters subjects.

Quantitative assessment of view from within high density development using a perverted light modelling approacha project exploring a new analysis and design approach which perverts light simulation modelling within animation and game production software, combined with Java based raster image-processing software ImageJ, to calculate the amount of water, vegetation or sky visible from within buildings at a precinct scale, aimed at improving livability of high density housing.

Urban street tree shade analysis using high polygon 3D models with MR photometric daylight system – continued research into the microclimatic and visual impact of street trees in precinct scaled urban modelling.

New Academic Street (NAS) RMIT – design architect (Harrison and White) working with Lyons, NMBW, Minifie Van Schaik and Peter Madison Architects.



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