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DR Ben Cleveland




  • Dr Ben Cleveland is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he is Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). His current research activity includes acting as a Chief Investigator for the ARC Linkage Project ‘Innovative Learning Environments + Teacher Change’ (2016-2019) and leading a three-year program of learning environment evaluation for Catholic Education Melbourne and Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. He recently led a review of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s school area standards, was Research Manager for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ (2013-2017), and led the development of a ‘Translational Brief’ for the Footscray Learning Precinct. Ben teaches a range of cross-disciplinary subjects including Innovative Spaces and Pedagogy, Human Environments Relations, Building the Brief: People, Process, Place. In addition, he supervises a number of PhD and Masters students. Ben was the lead Educational Planner for the 15 new Victorian state schools procured via Public Private Partnership and is Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia.



Member of

  • Learning Environments Australasia. Chair - LEA Victorian Chapter 2016 -
  • Council for Educational Facility Planners International. Victorian Chapter Board Member 2012 - 2014


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
  • GradDipEd, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BAgSci, University of Melbourne 1997