Director, Melbourne School of Design

Ref: 5203

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

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Role Managed by:

Talia Walker

Research Associate

t: +61 2 8075 4610


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 04/08/2021

About the role

The Melbourne School of Design (MSD), located in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, is one of the world’s leading forces in imagining and shaping the future of the built environment. It is distinctive in its aim to inspire learning through interdisciplinary reflection, and its integration of research, teaching, and practice around the environmental implications of all forms of urbanisation. Advanced studio and seminar-based learning and research allows students to develop new perspectives and modes of action to address the environmental, social and aesthetic challenges in producing sustainable centres of habitation. Creative collaboration across the School’s exceptional faculty informs research and its engagement with national and international peers, governments, industry and communities and in turn shapes responses to the future of habitats.

About you

The School is now seeking to appoint a new Director as successor to Professor Alan Pert. The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader of international standing, able to draw on their exceptional leadership to build and deliver world-class academic programs. The Director will be charged with setting strategic direction, and providing academic oversight of the School. The articulation of a clear vision of graduate education will be central, along with the ability to encourage innovation and cutting-edge pedagogy and enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary inquiry. A commitment to practice based learning and research, to forging new partnerships with key external stakeholders as well as a real flair for representing the School locally and on the international stage will be critical.


  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne
  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

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Please direct any enquiries and send your application directly to Talia Walker at or on +61 (0)2 8075 4610.

Applications close: 04 Aug 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time