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Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Professor Thomas Kvan is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Campus Development) at the University of Melbourne, recognised internationally for his work in the management of design practice and development of digital applications in design.

During his academic career he has worked at the Universities of Melbourne, Hong Kong and Sydney and is an active researcher and author in design, digital environments and design management. His engagement in the design of campuses for educational and industrial purposes spans forms and technologies, including research into the intersection of Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces. He is currently founding Director of LEaRN, the Learning Environments Applied Research Network, and was founding Director of AURIN, the Australian Urban Research Information Network, hosted at the University of Melbourne that is developing a national digital infrastructure to support urban research.

Tom has practiced in architecture in Africa, Europe, Hong Kong and the USA in practices small to large, was director of software development in an IT start-up in California and a management consultant to architects and engineers. He has been a member of the Board of Directors in digital design and facility management associations worldwide and serves on the boards of several journals and professional organisations. Author of over 140 publications, his latest co-authored book, The Making of Hong Kong (Routledge), explores the volumetric city as a sustainable urban form.


  • 2007–present
    Dean and Professor, University of Melbourne


  • 1999 
    Open University (UK), PhD