Dr Matthew Bird

Dr Matthew Bird is a practising Architect and Senior Lecturer within the department of Architecture at MADA, Monash University Melbourne.

Matthew is an architect and artist with an interdisciplinary spatial practice of sculpture, installation, scenography, photography, interior design, architecture and site-specific interventions. Matthew has exhibited commissioned works at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Festival, MONA, 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, McClelland Gallery and MPavilion. His practice is recognised with numerous honours including a Green Room Award, Australian Interior Design Award and an Australian Institute of Architects VIC Award.

Matthew has established a spatial practice that does not conform to a specific discipline, rather he has established an experimental reputation with projects that transcend expectation, materialising in and outside of convention. Matthew embraces risk openly yet with considered rigour via an inventive process of reimagining ideas, symbols and materials to create interactive multifaceted worlds that offer meaning and complexity. Traversing visual art, design, architecture and performing arts plateaus, Matthew’s immersive creations are the result of a progressive, rigorous and highly experimental interdisciplinary process.

International artist residencies and field research have shaped Bird’s practice. Venues include: The Centre de Création Chorégraphique, Luxembourg; the Herberger Institute for Design+Arts, Arizona State University; and the Arkitektskolen in Aarhus Denmark.

Matthew’s practice Studiobird is an armature for his academic tenure at Monash University where he introduces students to speculative design practices, engages with industry led partnerships and realises a strong and distinct research portfolio.