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Professor Diego Ramírez-Lovering is Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Engagement) of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture. His research examines the contributory role that architecture and urbanism can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments -climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South. As an award winning architectural practitioner and researcher, Ramirez-Lovering has been commissioned to design a range of projects including affordable housing, commercial projects and public art projects and has completed a number of urban resilience projects with State and Local Government groups and industry.  

His written work has been published in leading journals in Australia and Internationally and his built work has been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. He is frequently called upon to talk to the media, present keynote lectures nationally and internationally and participate in adjudication, advisory and review panels for the public and private sector.

Ramirez-Lovering is the co-founder of the Monash Urban Laboratory. This practice-based research unit undertakes design-based research from the scale of dwelling to the scale of the city/region. His research aims for impact, is undertaken in design-based mode, is interdisciplinary and developed in collaboration with researchers from other universities, government and industry.

Ramirez-Lovering has developed a body of design research examining the issues and processes involved in delivering best-practice water-sensitive urban design from the scale of the dwelling to the scale of the catchment. This research involves climate, and local catchment issues including ecology, water quality, and flood risk. This research has been explored in the developing city context of the Global South.

An exemplar of this research approach, Ramirez-Lovering is leading the development of design and engagement models for a multi-million dollar international research project aiming to advance human health and well-being in informal settlements by transforming housing, water infrastructure, water management, and sanitation practices in 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia. The project, titled Revitalisation of Informal Settlements and Their Environments, includes an AUD$14 million grant from the Wellcome Trust’s “Our Planet Our Health” program and funding from the Asian Development Bank for capital works.

Ramirez-Lovering is also co-leading an interdisciplinary team, which was awarded an Australian–Indonesian Centre Cluster Investment Plan, in the project Developing Leapfrogging Pathways towards Water Sensitive Cities. The project will focus on the development of sustainable urban water management in Indonesian and Australian cities. Ramirez-Lovering’s research focuses on Urban Design and Demonstration Projects, which aim to guide and catalyse water-sensitive futures for Indonesian cities.


  • Informal Settlements
  • Urbn Design
  • Architecture
  • Water Sensitive urban Design
  • Affordable Housing

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Projects 2010 2022

Design and architecture practice research: contemporary PhD (DAP_r)

Blythe, R., Vaughan, L., Haylock, B., van Schalk, L., Attiwill, S., Ednie-Brown, P., Mitsogianni, V., O'Callaghan, J., Moline, K., Demirbilek, O., Luscombe, D., McNeil, P., Wallan, L., Bertram, N., Bird, M., Murray, S., Ramirez, D., Hurst, R., Kelly, V., Bette, U., Russell-Clarke, J., George, B., Knapp, C., Carter, A., Sarvimaki, M., Woodward, M., Anderson, L., Komac, U., Muminovic, M., Ware, S. A., Loo, S., Moloney, J., Gibson, I., Fullaondo, D., Wier, I., Lawson, G. & Osborne, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2018

Improving human and environmental health in urban informal settlements: the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) programme

Brown, R. R., Leder, K. S., Wong, T., French, M., Ramirez, D., Chown, S. L., Luby, S., Clasen, T., Reidpath, D., El Sioufi, M., McCarthy, D. T., Forbes, A. B., Simpson, J., Allotey, P. & Cahan, B., 28 May 2018, In : The Lancet Planetary Health. 2, 29, p. 29-29 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

RISE: A Case Study for Design Research in Informal Settlement Revitalisation Interdisciplinary Design Research in Informal Settlements

Ramirez-Lovering, D., Prescott, M. & Kamalipour, H., 2018, Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18). Maxwell, D. W. (ed.). Sydney, NSW, Australia: The University of Sydney, p. 461-478 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

What drives the location choice for water sensitive infrastructure in Melbourne, Australia?

Kuller, M., Bach, P., Ramirez-Lovering, D. & Deletic, A., 2018, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 175, p. 92-101 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Framing water sensitive urban design as part of the urban form: A critical review of tools for best planning practice

Kuller, M., Bach, P. M., Ramirez, D. & Deletic, A., 1 Oct 2017, In : Environmental Modelling and Software. 96, p. 265-282 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Jumping to the Top: Catalysts for Leapfrogging to a Water Sensitive City

Brodnik, C., Holden, J., Marino Zamudio, R. A., Wright, A., Copa Torrez, V., Rogers, B. C., Arifin, H., Brown, R., Djaja, K., Farrelly, M., Kaswanto, R., Marsudiantoro, D., Marthanty, D., Maryonoputri, L., Payne, E., Purwanto, M., Ramirez-Lovering, D., Suharnoto, Y., Sumabrata, J., Suwarso, R. & 3 othersSyaukat, Y., Urich, C. & Yuliantoro, D., 14 Nov 2017, 3rd International Symposium for Sustainable Landscape Development. 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access


MADA Research Strategic Development and Engagement Grant

Eduardo Kairuz (Recipient) & Diego Ramirez (Recipient), 21 Mar 2013

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Industry projects

Water and Historical Cities - Through the Lens of Water

Markus Jung (Speaker), Diego Ramirez (Speaker), Robert Skinner (Speaker)
Nov 2015

Activity: Teaching EngagementsIndustry projects

Press / Media