PROF Tom Kvan

PROF Tom Kvan


  • Architecture
  • Design cognition
  • Design collaboration
  • Design management
  • Digital design (cognition; collaboration)
  • Urban design



  • Professor Tom Kvan is Pro Vice Chancellor Campus and Global Developments in which role he provides leadership in the alignment of academic and research strategies with opportunities for campus developments.

    With many years in senior leadership roles in three universities, most recently serving from 2007 – 2015 as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in Melbourne during which time he led the establishment of the Melbourne School of Design and delivered an award wining building to host the graduate school. Tom is internationally recognised for his pioneering work in design, digital environments and design management. He is the founding Director of LEaRN (the Learning Environments Applied Research Network), delivering multidisciplinary research on learning and architecture, and was founding Director of AURIN, the Australian Urban Research Information Network, which has developed a national digital infrastructure to support urban research, both networks hosted at the University of Melbourne.

    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.   


Member of

  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Affiliate 2007 - 2010
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Fellow 2007 - 2010



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Education and training

  • CLTHE, The University of Hong Kong 2000
  • PhD, England 1999
  • M.Arch, University of California - Los Angeles 1982
  • M.A., University of Cambridge 1982
  • B.A., University of Cambridge 1978

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2005