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Urban Design

About Urban Design at Melbourne

The interpretation, management and conservation of urban and cultural heritage is increasingly a matter of urgency and significance for global cities and communities. Challenges for heritage professionals include the pressures of rapid urbanization; issues of economic and environmental sustainability; and social change. At the Melbourne School of Design we take an international perspective on the heritage of building, cities and landscapes, with a particular focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Studies examine contemporary and theoretical approaches to heritage policy, regulation and practice, new approaches to digital technologies and heritage, issues of heritage significance within historical and cross-cultural contexts, cultural heritage and its social and economic impacts, including tourism, and heritage reconstruction.  There is also the option to undertake a research project or industry internship.

Unique features include a cross-disciplinary and integrated approach to heritage, internship opportunities, flexible course structures, and teaching by industry partners and outstanding researchers.

Programs in Urban Design

Undergraduate Urban Design

Undergraduate study in Urban Design is taught through the Bachelor of Environments in the Urban Design and Planning major.

Studies in urban design and planning are naturally interconnected and multi-disciplinary.

These professions are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including dealing with the impact of climate changes, sustainable resourcing challenges, and the pressures of increased urbanisation.  Together they explore the design and planning of public and private spaces, focusing on the importance of design and planning within the social, environmental, aesthetic and economic contexts.

Urban design is the art of making places, and is a collaborative process which shapes the physical setting for life in urban areas.

Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest.

Urban planners work to positively influence environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns.  Urban designers examine the design of buildings and groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, including the frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development of these cities and towns.

These are broad and challenging disciplines that benefit from vision and innovation and can lead to globally influential careers.

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Graduate programs in Urban Design

Introductory paragraph about the graduate urban design program and opportunities in graduate urban design research

Urban Design Staff

Name
Title
Discipline
Contact
Lecturer in Urban Analytics
8344 8553
gideon.aschwanden@unimelb.edu.au
Room 416

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design
8344.8531
leire.asensio@unimelb.edu.au
Room 403

Melbourne School of Design (BN 133)

Chair of Architecture and Urban Design
8344 7779
dovey@unimelb.edu.au
Room 441

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Associate Professor in Learning Environments
fisherk@unimelb.edu.au
Room 344

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Professor in Urban Design
8344 7937
justynak@unimelb.edu.au
Room 340

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Director, AURIN
8344 5499
tkvan@unimelb.edu.au
Room West Wing

Alice Hoy Building

Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design
8344 8531
david.mah@unimelb.edu.au
Room 403

Melbourne School of Design (BN 133)

Research Fellow
8344 1756
kerry.nice@unimelb.edu.au
Room 415

Melbourne School of Design (Building 133)

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Urban Design
8344 9759
pafkae@unimelb.edu.au
Room 309

Melbourne School of Design (BN 133)

Professor in Urban Eco-Innovation and Director, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL)
8344 9175
cryan@unimelb.edu.au
Room 323

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Deputy Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL)
9035 5464
trudgeon@unimelb.edu.au
Room 323

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Senior Lecturer, Digital Design in Architecture
9035 5854
mrwhite@unimelb.edu.au
Room 410

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)