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DR Kelum Palipane




  • Dr Kelum Palipane is Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. She is a graduate architect with experience in several architectural practices based in Melbourne and overseas. She obtained her PhD by Creative Works from the University of Melbourne. Kelum's doctoral research involved developing a design framework that would help retain and foster the diverse place-making practices of multi-cultural communities in neighbourhood regeneration projects.
    Her research uses creative ethnographic methods to explore migrant experience and identity, examining how unprogrammed place-making practices can inform design.

    Kelum has teaching experience in several undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. Through her teaching she aims to explore the pedagogical implications of multicultural learning- teaching strategies that would make students aware of the impact of varying epistemes in knowledge creation and learning.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD by Creative Works, University of Melbourne 2016
  • M.Sc. (Arch), University of Moratuwa 2006
  • B.Sc.(BE), University of Moratuwa 2004

Awards and honors

  • ABP Early Career Researcher Project Grant, The University of Melbourne, 2018
  • Australian Post Graduate Award, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Geoffrey Bawa Award - Design Thesis, The University of Moratuwa, 2005
  • Professor K.R.S. Peiris Award - Masters design programme, The University of Moratuwa, 2005