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Public Melbourne: RA0626

Prof. Robert Adams
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 02:01:17
Professor Rob Adams works at the City of Melbourne where he has, for the last twenty years, led a program on the urban design of the city. He has been instrumental in transforming the city of Melbourne from the almost lifeless, business district that it was in 1985 to the lively, social, public realm that it is today. By outlining the planned approach that has been implemented in regards to Melbourne’s waterways, built form, street patterns, public transport and parks, over the last twenty years, Professor Rob Adams demonstrates the design attitude that is required to achieve the successful urban design of a city. This presentation demonstrates that quality urban design is fundamental to the successful design of a city’s public realm.
  • Understand the importance of the public realm to the successful urban design of a city.
  • Be aware of those attributes of a city which are fundamental to designing a city with a lively public realm.
  • Understand that the successful urban design of a city is the result of a collaborative approach between government, designers, developers and the city’s population.
  • Appreciate that urban design must consider the local character, culture and history of a city
  • Have seen, through the example of Melbourne, the dramatic improvement that a planned approach to urban design can produce in a city.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

  • PROF. ROBERT ADAMS - M.Urban Design, B.Arch RAIA PIA

    As Director of Design and Culture, he is one of six directors at the City of Melbourne.

    Through this portfolio, in 1985 Rob put in place the first comprehensive urban design strategy for the city. He has guided its implementation from strategic vision and implemented projects such as the City’s revitalisation project, Postcode 3000, Swanston Street, QV, Birrarung Marr, Queensbridge Precinct, Turning Basin and CH2.

    This comprehensive program over two decades is unique and has seen a reversal in the way the city is both perceived and as it functions. Rob’s division has received over 70 state and national awards for design excellence. Recent awards include:

    2006 - Places for People - Research Award (EDRA, USA)
    2005 - Australian Award for Urban Design - Places for People
    2005 - United Nations - World Environment Day 2005 - CH2
    2004 - RAIA - Joseph Reed Award - Birrarung Marr
    2003 - RAIA Presidents Award 2003 - City Edge Conference Series
    2003 - Lighting Design Awards - CBD Lighting Strategy
    2002 - RAIA - Joseph Reed Award - Vending and Amenity Facilities
    2001 - AIPM Restoration - Melbourne Town Hall Organ
    2000 - RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award - RMIT Urban Spaces
    He has been a visiting lecturer at RMIT and Melbourne University and in June 2004, the University of Melbourne recognised Rob's contribution to the University and the city with the title of Professorial Fellow within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.