The University of Melbourne
Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a traditional campus style university. A combination of historic, notable and contemporary buildings accommodates a population of 47,000 students and 6,500 staff. The 20 hectare campus also provides a range of open spaces and secluded quadrangles, with abundant greenery found across the campus.
The University of Melbourne is ranked number one in Australia and number 33 in the world for teaching and research by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015.
The main campus is conveniently located in Parkville, in close proximity to the Melbourne CBD. The university is easily accessed via the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) tram and bus networks. Paid public car parking is available adjacent to the university. Bicycle parking is also available in various locations on campus close to the conference venue.
Melbourne School of Design
The ASA2015 conference will be held in the new 6 Star Green Star rated Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne. The building is a state-of-the-art academic facility for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and is located in the heart of the main campus.
In collaboration, John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) and NADAAA (Boston) designed the new Melbourne School of Design building. The building functions as a learning laboratory for built environment education and research and the open design of the main spaces assists in creating opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary engagement. Exposing structural components and materials also promotes insight and the critical exploration of planning, design, construction and sustainability concepts. It is also the first education facility to be awarded the maximum rating of 10 Green Star Innovation credits. The building was officially opened in December 2014 with undergraduate and graduate students occupying the building in 2015.
Photograph of the MSD building: John Gollings