Dr Melanie Dodd

Programme Director Spatial Practices MA Architecture/M Arch Architecture Course Leader

Central Saint Martins


Melanie is an architect and academic, previously holding leadership positions at London Metropolitan University, and RMIT University in Melbourne. She has been an ongoing collaborator with muf architecture/art since 1997, and was a contributory author to the practice publication ‘This is What We Do: A Muf Manual:’ (Ellipsis 2002).

She regularly sits on expert design review, examiner panels, international juries and awards including the GAGA Awards (2013), Korean University of the Arts External Examiner, and the Australian National Architecture Awards (2011). 

She has curated major events and exhibitions, including the international Exhibition Architectural Urbanism: Melbourne Seoul: Seoul Melbourne, in the K-ARTS Gallery, Seoul (2013/14) and 2010 RAIA National Architecture Conference in Sydney).

Research interests

Architecture, cities, socially engaged practice, public realm design, tactical urbanism, social policy, city design, politics of regeneration, public space, live projects and architectural pedagogy.

Research statement

Melanie’s teaching, practice and research interests focus on the relationships between social and political infrastructures, and built environments. She explores this through socially engaged practices in the city and has been responsible for innovative projects in the public realm in both London and Melbourne, working on social policy and initiatives for public space including Shared Ground for Southwark Council (1999-2001) and Do-It-Yourself Park for Mornington Shire Council, Melbourne (2008).

Her PhD by Practice (RMIT 2011) explored alternate and expanded roles for architectural practitioners, exploring the gap between the lived and the built. Her pedagogical practice focuses on the 'joined-up' relationship between teaching and practice explored in her book Live Projects: Designing with People (RMIT Press, 2012). She believes we need to engage with the constraints and conditions of the real world, and grapple creatively with the world around us by making real partnerships and undertaking live projects with community and industry.


Adriana Cobo Corey, Collective Surfaces: Inclusion and Narratives of Taste in Architecture.

Selected research outputs

  • Baracco+Wright House Review

    Dodd, Melanie (2016) Baracco+Wright House Review. Architecture Australia, 2016. ISSN 0003-8725 (In Press)

  • Double Agency: The Art School, Critical Practice and Architecture

    Dodd, Melanie (2015) Double Agency: The Art School, Critical Practice and Architecture. In: Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition. RIBA Publishing, London, pp. 21-31. ISBN 9781859465837

  • Managing Chaos not Cleaning Up Mess

    Dodd, Melanie (2015) Managing Chaos not Cleaning Up Mess. In: Cultures of Resilience: Ideas. Hato Press, London, pp. 39-43. ISBN 978-1-910239-10-0

  • 'Afterword' in 'Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice'

    Dodd, Melanie (2014) 'Afterword' in 'Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice'. In: Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415733618

  • Architectural Urbanism: Melbourne/Seoul

    Dodd, Melanie, NMBW Architecture Studio, Melbourne, Baracco WrightArchitects, Melbourne, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Melbourne, Iredale Pederson Hook Architects, Muir Mendes Architects, Jongkyu Kim, M.A.R.U Seoul, H. Min Architect and Assoc Seoul, Onijum Architects Seoul, lokaldesign architects Seoul, One O One Architects Seoul, Lee and Hwang Architects Seoul (2013) Architectural Urbanism: Melbourne/Seoul. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Live Projects: Designing with People

    Charlesworth, Esther and Dodd, Melanie and Harrisson, Fiona (2012) Live Projects: Designing with People. RMIT Publishing, Melbourne Australia. ISBN 9781921426933