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Jan van Schaik | MvS Architects

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Dr. Jan van Schaik is an architect, a co-director of MvS Architects, and a researcher/lecturer in the RMIT University architecture masters program. In the Australian / Asian region he has designed civic precinct plans; master-plans; public buildings; mixed use developments; secondary and tertiary education buildings; buildings with interpretive content and ecological themes; installations and exhibitions; galleries and museums in urban and regional areas; and a prototypical regional dwelling for a celebrity chef.

His work has received awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, the Malaysian Institute of Architects, the National Local Government Awards, the Master Builders Association and the Victorian Premiere's Design Award in the categories of residential additions, community engagement, collaboration, Sustainable Energy, Cultural Architecture, and Public Architecture.

Jan is a former committee member of the Mildura Palimpsest Art Biennale, former board member of Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, and former chair of the Creative Spaces working group at the City of Melbourne.

Jan is the producer/curator of both WRITING & CONCEPTS, an ongoing lecture series investigating the role that writing plays in the development of contemporary creative practice, and NEW CITY RESEARCH, a forum which speculates on new ways that the planning, architecture, construction, financial and creative industries inform the complex relationships between the economic, social, political, physical and cultural components of cities.

Introduced by Professor SueAnne Ware, Head of School for Architecture and Built Environment, UON.


The School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

The fortnightly lecture series provides valuable exposure and insight to the professions as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

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