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Dr Michael Trudgeon

Deputy Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) at The University of Melbourne

Michael Trudgeon joined VEIL in 2010 as Deputy Director and is responsible for delivering the VEIL teaching program that runs as part of the masters of architecture design studio teaching program at ABP. VEIL is a sustainability research centre at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. VEIL focuses on the role of distributed systems for key resources and infrastructure as a critical way to reduce our carbon footprint. VEIL does this through developing design lead solutions that both explore and communicate the resulting scenarios. The VEIL design studio program at MSD is a central part of this process. VEIL has built an open innovation organisation creating a substantial network of researchers, academic and professional designers, government and community representatives and students to explore the role of these new systems to create low carbon communities and lifestyles.

Design director - Crowd Productions

Michael Trudgeon is the design director at Crowd Productions, a transdisciplinary design studio, incorporated in 1983, with a focus on technology  innovation in and its relationship  to cultural change. Crowd Production’s clients include Mirvac, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Hoyts Cinema Corporation, National Australia Bank, BeWell, National Gallery of Victoria, , Australia Post, Business Victoria, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Citipower, Commonwealth Department of Communications, Melbourne Central, Museum of Sydney, Museum Victoria.

Michael’s experience in design research and technological innovation is diverse and combines a long trans-disciplinary career in practice as well as teaching post-graduate design studio programs. Michael’s range of design work crosses the disciplines of Industrial design, architectural  and interior design, furniture design and manufacturing and digital design, design research, scenario mapping and visualisation, experience design, exhibition design and content curation. This specific expertise will be of enormous direct benefit to the complex and multi-disciplinary nature of the project.


2009: PhD by project, School of Architecture  and Design, RMIT, Melbourne. Title: Zukunftsmusik: prototyping the social and technological construction of space. Melbourne

1992: Master of Architecture by project  at the School of Architecture, RMIT, developing  a computer  program describing  strategies and a database of potential  technological innovations for conceiving  space and structure. Melbourne

1979: Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne.

Recent publications and presentations

Ryan, C., Biggs, C., Trudgeon,M. (2013) 'Eco-acupuncture and Greenaissance: Designing urban interventions for resilient post carbonaceous futures, from Melbourne to Florence' [forthcoming]. The State of Australian Cities National Conference, Sydney.

Ryan, C., Biggs, C., Trudgeon, M. (2013) 'Eco-Acupuncture: Visions and designed interventions  for the transformation of cities for resilient post-carbonaceous futures. Work from Melbourne and Victorian country towns to Florence'. 8th International conference on urban regeneration and sustainability, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Trudgeon,M. (ed.)(2013). Vision: Florence 2035. Eco-Acupuncture: Developing site of urban intervention. Published by VEIL and ABP, University of Melbourne.

Trudgeon,M. (ed.)(2013). Vision: Sunshine 2032. Eco-Acupuncture: Developing sites of intervention part three. Published by VEIL and ABP, University of Melbourne.

Trudgeon, M. & Statham, S. (2010)  'Platform'. Paper, audio visual presentation, design charrette and workshop for the Queensland Asia Pacific Design Triennial on transport technology and planning in the urban environment. Wheeler Centre

Trudgeon, M. & Bangle, C. (2010) 'Mobility: New thinking demonstrator'. Paper, audio visual presentation, design charrette and workshop for the Victorian State of Design Festival on transport technology and planning in the urban environment.

Trudgeon, M. (2009) 'The conversation'. Designing Solutions to Wicked Problems symposium hosted by the Design Research Institute, RMIT University. Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne.

Trudgeon, M. (2009) 'Design laboratory: Mobility systems 2040 city'. Three papers, 'animatic' visualised scenario, design charrette and workshop for the Victorian State of Design Festival ,BMW Edge, Melbourne, AND at Talking Design series run by Arts Queensland on transport  technology and planning in the urban environment

Recent architectural and design practice work

2013: Business Development Future Trends Workshop  for Mirvac. Crowd introduced Mirvac to the critical opportunities and challenges facing Australian developers working  at a precinct scale within urban contexts.

2013: Design and construction administration for the Brisbane flagship retail bank for CUA, within the heritage listed Brisbane GPO building, 261 Queen Street. The project design has been based research with CUA to develop and test new banking processes and customer experiences. Brisbane



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