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Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Dr Dominique Hes is an associate of MSSI, previously Director for Place Agency and the Thrive Research Hub Architecture at The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are identifying and filling the knowledge gaps in sustainability practice and application in the built environment.
Dr Dominique Hes is the award winning author of the book Designing for Hope: Pathways to regenerative sustainability, a further 6 books and over 100 papers. She is a non-executive board member at Greenfleet (planting ecosystems to offset carbon) and Trust for Nature; co-founder of internationally award winning Place Agency, and ex director of Thrive Research Hub at Melbourne University.
Dominique has a PHD in Architecture, with further degrees in Science (Botany) and Engineering (Cleaner Production). She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and building industries in the fields of life cycle assessment, sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, placemaking and project management. These support her in her current role as Principal Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions where she is working with a team of researchers and volunteers to develop pathways to low emissions strategies for communities, industries and regions.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Lecturer , Unversity of Melbourne
  • 2019–present
    Adjunct associate, MSSI
  • 2006–2011
    Lecturer, Unversity of Melbourne
  • 1999–2005
    Researcher and Manager of the sustainable building program, RMIT University


  • 2005 
    RMIT University, PhD Architecture

Professional Memberships

  • AICD
  • GIA

Research Areas

  • Architectural Science And Technology (Incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure And Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)