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The University of Melbourne’s new academic building, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), …
The University of Melbourne’s new academic building, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), designed by Melbourne architect John Wardle and Boston-based architect Nader Tehrani of NADAAA opened in December 2014.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number one in Australia and number 34 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013).

Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Melbourne is a sandstone university and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. It has the largest endowment and the largest research expenditure of any Australian university.

Melbourne comprises 11 separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centers, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute. The University of Melbourne’s has 15 graduate schools including the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School.

Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from Melbourne. Seven Nobel laureates have been students or faculty, the most of any Australian university.

The new Melbourne School of Design provides “a vast range of modes of learning,” says architect John Wardle. Raw steel beams and refined perforated timber show rather than tell students about construction methods and techniques; a window into a plant room in the basement reveals the usually hidden vital organs of a modern institutional facility. The school is one giant, humming, state-of-the-art classroom, and every architectural detail is a lesson for its students.

The University of Melbourne is a Partner University of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

Melbourne, Australia
Donald Bates
Donald Bates

Donald Bates is Chair of Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia

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