Monash Art, Design and Architecture welcomes its new Dean

Monash Art, Design and Architecture is excited to welcome its new Dean, Professor Mel Dodd, after taking on the role of Interim Dean of the Faculty since September 2023.

Professor Mel Dodd

Professor Dodd has been associated with Monash University since 2018; first as an adjunct professor from Central Saint Martins, UAL and then as Professor and Head, Department of Architecture in 2021. In this capacity, she helped lift the enrolment of undergraduate students, as well as the research income of the department.

“I am incredibly excited and energised by this appointment, and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to support and lead Monash Art, Design and Architecture going forward,” said Professor Dodd.

Looking towards the future, Professor Dodd highlights the important role creative education and research has to play in responding to some of the biggest challenges facing our society today, such as climate change, social justice and equity.

“The issues we face are increasingly complex and dynamic, and public service providers, industry, policy makers, and civic organisations are turning to more creative, experimental, and human-centred forms of knowledge to catalyse change,” she said.

Monash Art, Design and Architecture has already demonstrated it has the capacity and intelligence to co-design place-based solutions to planetary health challenges, by contributing to Monash’s ground-breaking transdisciplinary research.

“The combined expertise and track record within our Faculty in delivering problem-based learning nurtures creative and critical thinking and fosters enterprising and entrepreneurial capabilities. These help us to see things differently, raise new questions and develop innovative solutions. By harnessing our unique identity and distinctiveness, we can turn challenges into opportunities; leveraging the knowledge, expertise, and innovation in our research track record, to better support our profile as a vibrant centre of creative practice education,” Professor Dodd concludes.

Professor Mel Dodd was educated at University of Cambridge and holds a PhD By Practice from RMIT University (2011). She has led architecture programs at a range of institutions since 1999, including London Metropolitan University, RMIT University and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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