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Biography

Maud Cassaignau is a practicing urban designer, architect, critic, researcher and educator.

She studied at the ETH Zurich and Columbia University. Maud has worked in leading practices in Europe and USA, and realized projects with these and her own practice in Germany, USA, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. In parallel, Maud taught at the Swiss Polytechnic and lectured at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Architecture, before staring lecturing at Monash University in 2011.

In 2005 she founded the Architecture and Urban Design practice XPACE. Their architectural and urban design works stress diversity, social and environmental responsiveness and has been widely published internationally.

Maud’s research explores processes of integrative urban transformation, potentials for intensification and the implementation of urban strategies incorporating human and natural resources as drivers for resilient growth. She is currently completing her PhD on the subject at RMIT in the invited stream, exploring methods of urban transformation using multiple modes of practice and dynamic engagement with communities to achieve change. Her pro-active research practice uses these methods to promote urban adaptation to environmental and societal challenges.

Her recent book Building Mixity!  illustrates the impact of such methods on an exemplary project, and has been shortlisted for the Australian Urban Design Award in the category Leadership, Advocacy and Research.

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Projects 2014 2015

Kunshan Studio

Jung, M., Cassaignau, M. & Shinkfield, J.

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Project: Research

Research Output 2007 2018

Building Mixity! Cremorne 2025/37.83°S/144.993°E

Cassaignau, M., Jung, M. & Xue, M., 2018, Clayton, Vic, Australia: Monash University Publishing. 168 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The Melbourne Section: A Context Specific Design-Research Applied Across a Strategic Metropolitan Territory

Jung, M. & Cassaignau, M., 2018, Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18). Maxwell, D. W. (ed.). Sydney, NSW, Australia: The University of Sydney, p. 125-137 13 p.

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

Transforming Post-Industrial Cremorne: The Potential of Urban Mixity Discussed via an Exemplary Melbourne Inner-Suburb

Jung, M., Cassaignau, M. & Mannering, V., 2018, Remaking Cities: Urban History Planning History - Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018. McShane, I., Taylor, E., Porter, L. & Woodcock, I. (eds.). Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Australian Urban History Planning History Group and RMIT Centre for Urban Research, p. 64-76 13 p.

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

Batemans Bay: Public Domain

Cassaignau, M., Jung, M. & SWA (Simon Whibley Architecture), 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

Prizes

2005 Federation of Swiss Architects (FAS) Genève 2020 Competition

Markus Jung (Recipient), Maud Cassaignau (Recipient) & Sylvain Hartenberg (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2017 Excellence in Innovation Award

Maud Cassaignau (Recipient), Markus Jung (Recipient), Tony Wong (Recipient), Jianbin Wang (Recipient), Peter Breen (Recipient) & Jonathan Shinkfield (Recipient), 24 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2019 Australian Urban Design Awards: Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale - Shortlisted

Maud Cassaignau (Recipient), Markus Jung (Recipient) & Matthew Xue (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Chicago Public School Competition First Prize

Maud Cassaignau (Recipient), Scott Marble (Recipient) & Karen Fairbanks (Recipient), 10 Jan 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1998 2019

"Melbourne Megacity?" exhibition @ Melbourne Design Week

Markus Jung (Contributor), Maud Cassaignau (Contributor)
14 Mar 201924 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPerformance/exhibition

Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18)

Maud Cassaignau (Invited speaker), Markus Jung (Invited speaker)
27 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Building Mixity! Book launch at Glasshaus

Maud Cassaignau (Contributor), Markus Jung (Contributor), Matthew Xue (Contributor)
14 Jun 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Urban History Planning History biennial conference: ‘Remaking Cities’

Maud Cassaignau (Invited speaker), Markus Jung (Invited speaker)
31 Jan 20182 Feb 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Practice Research Symposium RMIT - Book Launch Building Mixity!

Markus Jung (Contributor), Maud Cassaignau (Contributor), Matthew Xue (Contributor)
1 Jun 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Press / Media

Top 52 projects shortlisted for 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards

Markus Jung, Maud Cassaignau & Matthew Xue

22/08/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaSocial Media Mentions

Cremorne2025 research shortlisted for 2019 National Urban Design Awards

Markus Jung, Maud Cassaignau & Matthew Xue

16/08/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaSocial Media Mentions

Building Mixity! is shortlisted for the Australian Urban Design Awards 2019

Markus Jung, Maud Cassaignau & Matthew Xue

16/08/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaSocial Media Mentions

Cremorne + New Zone – Commercial 3!

Markus Jung & Maud Cassaignau

17/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature