PROFILE

Chris Melsom

Started at UWA: 2018

Creating urban places and designing sustainable cities

The design of cities matters. They are the melting pot of human endeavour, aspiration, enterprise and conflict. Chris Melsom

Chris Melsom is an architect, planner and urban designer with international private sector experience. He is passionate about creating exceptional urban places for people and designing of sustainable cities. He enjoys shaping cities and places and sharing this with his School of Design students as a lecturer.

As the current Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) in Perth’s CBD, Mr Melsom is undertaking a strategic planning review of AUDRC as a leading city think-tank, independent research centre, UWA teaching house and urban design advocate.

Mr Melsom works across a range of urban design fronts on a model for Perth as a coastal city through the lenses of:

  • urban intensity
  • culture
  • user experience
  • mobility
  • global futures
  • technology
  • housing
  • sustainability
  • urban health
  • governance

Mr Melsom is currently researching and addressing the barriers developers face in delivering coordinated medium-density development on infill sites in Perth and developing innovative tools for community engagement for the communication of WA policy initiatives to a variety of stakeholders.

In what is described by Mr Melsom as a ‘shared endeavour ‘ the School of Design fosters the exploration of ideas; the modelling and expanding of knowledge; and the testing and measurement of solutions to major urban and human challenges.

Mr Melsom is bringing together a rich international community that is eager to share and collaborate in exploration that can be scientific, artistic, pragmatic and aspirational.

Further, he seeks to foster an inquisitive environment to engage beyond discipline thinking, and to explore the potential of a cross-discipline centre that researches and teaches on key thinking platforms and skills needed to shape cities of the future.

Qualifications:

BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning, B Arch (Hons)

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Southeast Asia Urban Design sector leader, HASSELL, 2015–2016

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International Head of Planning for HASSELL, 2012–2015

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Engaged by Minister for Planning and Infrastructure to lead pieces of work for the WA Port redevelopment that were approved by Cabinet

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Overcoming the barriers to medium-density housing

Researching and addressing the barriers developers face in delivering coordinated medium-density development on infill sites in Perth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovative tools for community engagement

Developing innovative tools for community engagement for the communication of WA policy initiatives to a variety of stakeholders.

Teaching

Teaching is thrilling because I’m surrounded by inquiring minds and a desire for life. Chris Melsom

Contact Chris Melsom

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