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Dr Matthew Bird is a practising Architect, Artist and Senior Lecturer within the Department of Architecture at MADA, Monash University Melbourne.

Matthew Bird is an architect and artist with an interdisciplinary spatial practice of sculpture, installation, scenography, photography, interior design, architecture and site-specific interventions. Matthew has exhibited commissioned works at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Festival, MONA, 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, McClelland Gallery and MPavilion. His practice is recognised with numerous honours including a Green Room Award, Australian Interior Design Award and an Australian Institute of Architects VIC Award.

Matthew has established a spatial practice that does not conform to a specific discipline, rather he has established an experimental reputation with projects that transcend expectation, materialising in and outside of convention. Matthew embraces risk openly yet with considered rigour via an inventive process of reimagining ideas, symbols and materials to create interactive multifaceted worlds that offer meaning and complexity. Traversing visual art, design, architecture and performing arts plateaus, Matthew’s immersive creations are the result of a progressive, rigorous and highly experimental interdisciplinary process.

International artist residencies and field research have shaped Bird’s practice. Venues include: The Centre de Création Chorégraphique, Luxembourg; the Herberger Institute for Design+Arts, Arizona State University; and the Arkitektskolen in Aarhus Denmark.

Matthew’s practice Studiobird is an armature for his academic tenure at Monash University where he introduces students to speculative design practices, engages with industry led partnerships and realises a strong and distinct research portfolio.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD, The House of Feathers A Design Practice Observed, Documented And Represented, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) (5-year), The Exoticus, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

Architecture, Diploma of Building Design (Architectural),

Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

Research area keywords

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Installation Art
  • Scenography

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