Professor Alan Pert became Director of Melbourne School of Design in October 2012. As Director his role is to shape a distinctive Identity for the MSD and to inspire learning through interdisciplinary reflection, and its integration of research, teaching, and practice.
Pert is internationally known for his creative practice research having received a number of awards for his built projects as principal of NORD, while in the UK. He was featured in the ‘Faces of British Architecture’ exhibition in 2012, which celebrated the UK’s leading experts, innovators and visionaries in architecture and engineering, responsible for many iconic buildings and landmark developments.
Pert, carries out practice-based research, analysing and forging propositions across writing, discourse, exhibitions, education and building. He has worked extensively as an architect, exhibition designer, and curator while concurrently holding a role as Professor of Architecture. In Australia he is a principal of PARALLEL PRACTICE, a design research Lab dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with construction practices.
Pert has also been Chair of The Melbourne Housing Expo (IBA) Board since 2016. The International Building Exhibition (IBA) seeks to change the face of affordable housing across the State of Victoria and seeks to find answers to the most pressing issues facing modern Melbourne. IBA believes that a building exhibition is much more than a mere exhibition. It is an instrument of visionary urban development. As an architect and academic, Pert believes ‘today’s ‘designer’ must be nimble enough to move between the art and the science of building and among the social, cultural, political and economic fog that surrounds our disciplines.’
As academia shifts it’s research agenda to focus on Impact, and as practice considers