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TAM DAO

Hassell Studio

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

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I look up to Zaha Hadid, she was a woman in an era of architecture that was predominantly male and being unique in her ways. We are in a great time of change, the wave of women being supported in workplace, leadership and home is unprecedented.

TAM DAO

Bio:

Tam is an Associate with over fifteen years professional experience. She has a broad range of technical knowledge applied through a range of architectural disciplines, with a focus on transport planning and design. Her roles on multiple rail projects has developed a strong knowledge in the technical requirements of rail infrastructure and the processes of working with MTM and PTV. Tam’s extensive project experience has driven her skills in leading teams and engaging with project stakeholders.

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

I come from a refugee family and grew up with no career guidance. I was told to study hard at school and enrolled in Architecture. I always had an interest in crafting things, my mother was a machinist and taught me how to make garments from scratch.

What do you do?

I manage a team of talented architects to deliver Town Hall Station. It involves lots of meetings with the team, the client, the stakeholders and also engaging with my counterparts on the other stations.

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

There are two aspects to what excites me in my work including working with the vast range of talented people and enabling these talents to bring out the best in design.

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

I look up to Zaha Hadid, she was a woman in an era of architecture that was predominantly male and being unique in her ways. We are in a great time of change, the wave of women being supported in workplace, leadership and home is unprecedented.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My family came to Australia with nothing but the clothes on our backs. I feel proud having come from nothing and now being able to lead a significant part of a city changing project, and my family life with 2 young children.

Featured Project Name: 

Melbourne Metro CBD North

Featured Project Location: 

Melbourne, Australia

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Due for completion 2025

Role in Featured Project: 

Melbourne Metro CBD North Architecture Lead

Featured Project Description:

The Melbourne Metro will transform the way people move around the city, improving access to key destinations and landmark. The biggest ever public transport infrastructure project in Victoria’s history, it involves building twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five new underground stations including Melbourne Metro CBD South station. The station will reorient Melbourne’s city centre, with entrances at City Square, behind the historic Young & Jackson pub, and at Federation Square.

 

Photography Credit:

Hassell