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Lecturer in Architecture, Practice and Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Norman Day is an architect, educator, and writer.

He has designed and built in Australia and Asia, notably in Melbourne, Canberra, Dili (Timor Leste) and in Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Cantho). He worked with the late Robin Boyd and Professor Frederick Romberg before starting his own practice in 1971. His architecture is contemporary and investigative; it seeks to provide long-life-term constructions which last over time rather than short-term solutions which satisfy a culture of ‘architecture as a commodity’. Buildings include public and private housing and educational facilities in and around Melbourne, health buildings, institutional, new and restored.

Major commissions include Mowbray College (Melton), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Headquarters (Melbourne), RMIT International University (Ho Chi Minh City) and Cantho LRC (Cantho City, Vietnam), PetroVietnam University (Hanoi) and Embassy for Timor Leste (Canberra).

Since 2000, he has been involved in consulting the new nation of Timor Leste consulting on the reconstruction of the country with projects including the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room/ Library (Dili), Hotel dom Aleixo (Dili) and schemes for empowerment training. He is a Board Member of Architects Without Frontiers. Design submissions have been made for a design proposal for the new Assembly and Ba Dinh Hall (Hanoi), an urban design competition for Thu Thiem district (HCMC), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), MOMA at Heide, West Kowloon Redevelopment (Hong Kong) and National Trade Union Headquarters (Singapore.)

He was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of RMIT (1994-2009) which also awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Architecture. During the period 1976 to 2002 he was Lecturer and Design Coordinator Theory, History, Communications Department of Architecture Faculty of Design and Environmental Construction, University of RMIT (Melbourne).

He has lectured also at the University of Western Australia Perth, School of Art and Design, RMIT at Bundoora, University of New South Wales (Sydney), School of Architecture, University of Melbourne, Department of Architecture (with Professor Susana Torre), Columbia University, New York, Lecturer Council of Adult Education , Monash University (Melbourne),Swinburne Technical College (Melbourne), and Deakin University (Geelong).

• Doctor of Architecture : Honoris Causa : (RMIT University).2000.
• Member: Association dos Architects (Timor-Leste). 2000.
• Adjunct Professor of Architecture (RMIT University).1994.
• Master of Architecture (RMIT University).1992.
• Architects Institute of Australia.1973.
• Union International Architects (Paris).1973.
• Architects Registration Board (Victoria).1972.
• Bachelor of Architecture (Melbourne University).1971.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Architecture, Practice and Design, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2000 
    RMIT University, Dr Architecture -Honoris Causa