Professor Nigel Bertram

Professor Nigel Bertram

Professor Nigel Bertram

Practice Professor, Monash Urban Lab

Department of Architecture

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Nigel Bertram is a Director of NMBW Architecture Studio, Melbourne and Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University.

Nigel established NMBW Architecture Studio in Melbourne with Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean in 1997. Their architectural work, continuing since that time, has been widely published and awarded across categories including single and multiple residential design, small public works, adaptive re-use of existing buildings and peripheral urban design strategies. NMBW’s work is known for its careful reading of existing conditions, at both an urban scale and the scale of individual inhabitation.

In 2010 Nigel completed his PhD through architectural project at RMIT University, where he taught for 11 years and was Co-director of the Urban Architecture Laboratory research unit, within the School of Architecture & Design. From 2007-2010, Bertram was a member of the Sullivans Cove Design Panel, which advised the Tasmanian Government on urban design, planning and architectural matters within the highly sensitive Sullivans Cove precinct of central Hobart. He was recently appointed as a member of the Design Review Panel established by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

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Best in Category wins for Monash Design at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards and a new Chair appointment

Monash Design researchers have taken out two "Best in Category" wins and Associate Professor Leah Heiss has been announced as the incoming Chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.


Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment

A collection of urban research and architectural projects.

Immigration Place

A nationally significant commemorative place in the Parliamentary Zone in Canberra.

Water Sensitive Cities: Integrated Urban and Water Planning

Exploring how urban development can achieve water sensitive outcomes through planning at a range of scales.

Water sensitive outcomes for infill developments

Developing a tested catalogue of typologies for new infill development.

CoDev Townhouse Model

Enhancing the quality and viability of townhouse redevelopment on small lots.

Adaptable Housing for People with Disability

Demonstrating how dwellings can be creatively designed and modified to adapt to people’s changing needs and circumstances.

RetroFit Kit

This project aims to increase the volume and supply of dignified and inclusive homes for people with disability through design-enabled strategies.

Infill Opportunities

Improving small-scale residential infill development in Melbourne's middle suburbs.

Liveable Compact Cities Project

Principles for designing sustainable medium density infill housing for subtropical South-East Queensland.

Processes for Developing Affordable and Sustainable Medium-density Housing Models for Greyfield Precincts

Sustainable regeneration for Melbourne’s middle suburbs.

Rethinking Design’s Contribution to Assisted Living Environments

Stage One: Best Practice Discussion Paper

Redcliffe Connect and Urban Renewal

Testing a diversity of low- and medium-rise dwelling models for precinct-scaled infill redevelopment.

Repairing Memory & Place

An Indigenous-led approach to urban water design.

Stawell Steps

A site-specific piece of flood mitigation infrastructure.