The New Academic Street project is a design collaboration between Lyons and the emerging and established practices of MvS Architects, NMBW Architects, Harrison White, Maddison Architects and landscape architects Taylor Cullity Leathlen.


Lyons is one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded design practices. They are specialists in delivering major university projects, including the award-winning Swanston Academic Building (Building 80) and many other learning and research projects around Australia.

MvS Architects

MvS Architects are acknowledged as one of the most significant emerging practices in Melbourne, having designed the award-winning Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of the Arts and the multi-award-winning Animal Hospital at Healesville Sanctuary. Their project leader, Paul Minifie, is an Associate Professor at RMIT and designed the current Student Hub on Level 4 of Building 10. He recently completed his PhD in practice at RMIT.

NMBW Architects

NMBW are an established design practice, with demonstrated leadership in design research. They have won many awards for projects, including significant refurbishment of RMIT’s Building 94. Their project leader, Nigel Bertram, led the Urban Architecture Laboratory at RMIT before his recent appointment as the inaugural Professor of Practice at Monash University. He recently completed an outstanding PhD in practice at RMIT.

Harrison and White

Harrison and White (HAW) is one of Melbourne’s innovative architectural practices, with awards for its design projects and discourse. Its project leader, Stuart Harrison, is an acknowledged expert in design, heritage and adaptive re-use. He is a design advocate, having written books for Thames and Hudson, written for numerous design publications and worked extensively in community radio. His partner, Marcus White, was the inaugural winner in 2011 of the AIA National Emerging Architect Award and is a leading researcher in urban design.

Maddison Architects

Maddison Architects are acknowledged as Melbourne’s leading hospitality, food services and retail design architects, with multiple awards. Its project leader, Peter Maddison, has design expertise in hospitality and retail spaces, and hosts the TV show Grand Designs Australia.

Taylor Cullity Leathlean

Taylor Cullity Leathlean (TCL) is an award-winning landscape and urban design studio, based in Melbourne, which undertakes projects throughout Australia and internationally. The studio is known for the design of significant public spaces, such as Birrarung Mar with the City of Melbourne, Geelong Waterfront and the Australian Botanic Garden at Cranbourne. TCL is currently undertaking the design and delivery of a new pedestrian spine for RMIT’s Bundoora campus.

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