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BRONWEN HAMILTON

City of Melbourne - City Design

SAY IT LOUD - Naarm Melbourne Exhibitor​
MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Kerstin Thompson Architects for the rigour that her firm brings to the design process, and the methodical examination of the components of place that a new building must fit into, demonstrated through the Queenscliff Hub-Library/Visitor Centre.

BRONWEN HAMILTON

Bio:

Urban Design and Landscape Architecture combine a commitment and belief in the value of well-designed public places. For Bronwen this has been a constant theme in over 20 years’ and central to her role as Design Manager and Principal Urban Designer at the City of Melbourne. Bronwen has worked at all levels of government, providing urban design advice on city shaping projects. She leads the Melbourne Design Review Panel and is and expert adviser on the ACT and Victorian Design Review Panels.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I came across landscape architecture in secondary school, the course drew together key areas of interest in creativity, landscape, ecology, public works and the cultural life of cities, connecting my country childhood with what cities had to offer.

What do you do?

I am an Urban Designer and Landscape Architect working at the City of Melbourne in the City Design Branch.

What excites you in the work you do? Who or what inspires you professionally?

Ensuring that the city continues to evolve well, that it supports a rich cultural life and is distinctively Melbourne. Working with a multidisciplinary team to deliver good design.

Who or what inspires you professionally? What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Kerstin Thompson Architects for the rigour that her firm brings to the design process, and the methodical examination of the components of place that a new building must fit into, demonstrated through the Queenscliff Hub-Library/Visitor Centre.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

From 2020-21 I was involved in supporting various Local Governments in establishing design review panels including working with Fiona Gray at Ballarat City Council to establish a local design review panel.

Featured Project Name: 

City of Melbourne Competition Guidelines

Featured Project Location: 

Municipality of Melbourne

Featured Project Completion Date: 

In progress

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Lead supporting the establishment of good design processes and protocols as part of the City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence Program.

Featured Project Description:

The Melbourne Design Review Panel is one of four elements of the City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence program, advising on ways to improve the quality of new developments and city shaping. The panel comprises of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design experts. Technical experts on heritage, education, sustainability and environmental design, universal design, development feasibility, transport, community engagement and cultural heritage are invited to select sessions.

Photography Credit:

Carlton Learning & Community Hub – Law Architects, Collins Arch – SHoP Architects and Woods Bagot