Committees: Strategic Marketing
Grants Advisory Panel: Homelessness & Affordable Housing (Chair)
A founding Director of MGS Architects, Rob’s particular areas of interest are around the themes of knowledge cities, inclusive cities, sustainable cities and connected cities and the buildings and programs that support these themes. This is drawn from both the particular and distinctive attributes of and challenges facing Australian cities.
His relevant skills are in master planning, design of mixed-use, inclusive community activity nodes, affordable housing, sustainable transport infrastructure and sustainable architecture.
He is an experienced advocate, managing community consultation and government partnership processes. His master planning projects involve the design management of large and complex multidisciplinary consultant teams and stakeholder groups.
At a strategic planning level Rob has been responsible for urban design frameworks and structure plans for key areas of Melbourne, including Arden Urban Renewal Precinct, Footscray University Town, Chapel Vision Structure Plan, and Cremorne Precincts. He led the master plans for La Trobe University and Monash University campuses, University of Wollongong’s Wollongong Campus, and the historic Alphington Paper Mills.
His built projects are known for their innovation, relevance to contemporary issues and community focus. Each has won multiple awards across planning, urban design, architecture and environmental and social sustainability disciplines.
He acts as an expert witness at VCAT on numerous projects and provides urban design advice and expert advice to the Planning Minister, Government Agencies and Local Government jurisdictions.
In the not-for-profit sector, Rob has been a board member of Housing Choices Australia and Melbourne Affordable Housing.