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Carey Lyon


Carey Lyon is a Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Design and a founding Director of Lyons, one of Australia’s most highly awarded architectural design practices and recipient of the Victorian Architecture Medal in 2002.

Professor Carey Lyon holds a Bachelor of Architecture qualification from the University of Melbourne (Hons 1982), and a Master of Architecture from RMIT University (1992). Carey is an acknowledged leader of practice in Australia, and in 2006 he was elected by his peers as National President of the Australian Institute of Architects. In this role he led multiple design advocacy initiatives, including the reengagement of the architecture discipline with the Venice Architecture Biennale, major reforms to the national design awards program, industry collaboration and initiatives on housing for indigenous communities. He has been awarded a Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects, and the Presidential Medal for the American Institute of Architects. Through his design practice on sustainability, he was appointed a Director and Board Member of the Green Buildings Council of Australia (from 2007 to 2015), the peak body for environmental design within the Australian design and construction industry.

At RMIT he has lectured and led design studios over the last two decades, including multiple Masters Design Studios. He has previously chaired the School of Architecture’s Industry Advisory Committee for a number of years, and in 2008 was appointed an Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture and Design. In 2014 he was appointed a Professor of Architecture.

His practice work includes leadership in the design of RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building (Building 80) one of the University’s preeminent new capital works projects. The project has won multiple design and industry awards, been cited as one of the top ten University buildings in the world, and has made a significant contribution to the teaching and learning activities of the University, as well as the student experience. He is currently leading Lyons design team, in collaboration with four other design practices, on the redevelopment of the heart of the RMIT’s campus – called the New Academic Street project.

His other practice work with Lyons, in collaboration with fellow Directors Corbett Lyon, Cameron Lyon, Neil Appleton and Adrian Stanic, has included significant award winning projects in every state of the Australia. The work of the practice has been extensively exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. In 2012 the practices work was published in a major monograph by Thames and Hudson called “more – the architecture of Lyons 1996-2011”.

His work is based on extensive and explicit design research, and Carey has lectured extensively on his design approach at numerous design practice and University forums, as well as publishing multiple essays in design and industry journals. Most recently he has been a keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference titled “material”, in 2013.