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Jan van Schaik


Dr Jan van Schaik is an Architect, a Co Director of MvS Architects, a Researcher and a Lecturer at RMIT University.

Jan’s work privileges the civic qualities of architecture and celebrates the rich relationship between human beings and their spaces. He has been instrumental in the design of a number of public buildings; mixed-use developments; strategic plans; master-plans; buildings with interpretive content and ecological themes; exhibition designs; curated shows in major art galleries; and a prototypical regional dwelling for a celebrity chef.

He has been developed expertise in the cross-overs the between the creative sectors, the built environment and the communities and economies that rely on them for a number of years including voluntary work in the Loddon Mallee Region with the Mildura Palimpsest Art Biennale, in Hamilton with a local community group advocating that the local art gallery be expanded to become the Australia Felix Museum of Arts History and Culture, and with the Creative Spaces working group which curates and develops affordable space for the creative industries in the City of Melbourne.

He has been external examiner for bachelor and masters degree assessment in the architecture programs of Melbourne University, Deakin University, Westminster Polytechnic, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Sint Lucas School of Architecture and Tohoku University.

MvS Architects has received awards for the Centre for Ideas, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Wattle Avenue House, and the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Centre and has twice been the recipient of the Premier’s Design Award.