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Nigel Bertram is a Director of NMBW Architecture Studio, Melbourne and Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University. Nigel established NMBW Architecture Studio in Melbourne with Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean in 1997. Their architectural work continuing since that time has been widely published and awarded across categories including urban design, single and multiple residential design, small public works, adaptive re-use of existing buildings and peripheral urban design strategies. NMBW's work is known for its careful reading of existing conditions, at both an urban scale and the scale of individual inhabitation.

In 2010 Nigel completed his PhD through architectural project at RMIT University, where he taught for 11 years and was co-director of the Urban Architecture Laboratory research unit, within the School of Architecture and Design. From 2007-2010 Bertram was a member of the Sullivans Cove Design Panel, which advised the Tasmanian Government on urban design, planning and architectural matters within the highly sensitive Sullivans Cove precinct of central Hobart. In 2012 he was appointed as a member of the Design Review Panel established by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Nigel's current research with the Monash Architecture Studio is focused around new strategic development and contemporary living environments for Australia's transforming cities.

The book Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: making and using the urban environment, by Nigel Bertram and NMBW was published by Ashgate Publishing (UK) in 2013 -http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409449270

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Projects 2011 2021

Water sensitive outcomes for infill developments

Kenway, S. J., Bradley, M., London, G., Bertram, N., Newton, P., Renouf, M., Lam, K. L., Beardmore, K., Zaman, S., Corby, N., Ryan, G., Tapper, N. J., Kerry, P., Yuan, Z., McLean, L., Dotto, C., Temov, N., Stack, M. & Urich, C. H.

1/10/1731/03/21

Project: Research

Redcliffe Connect Design Research - Stage 2

Bertram, N., Khor, L. & London, G.

9/08/1731/12/17

Project: Research

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. F., 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.

19/11/151/04/18

Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2017

Swamped

Bertram, N., Murphy, C., Pasman, R., Rogers, B., Gunn, A., Urich, C., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Lowe, R., Radhakrishnan, M. & Gersonius, B. 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual Artwork

A Messy Attitude to Urbanism

Bertram, N. 2016 This Building Likes Me / John Wardle Architects. Clark, J. (ed.). Australia: Thames & Hudson, p. 214 - 215 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

An integrated approach to enhancing urban flood resilience in Elwood, Melbourne

Rogers, B. C., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Bertram, N., Gunn, A. W., Lowe, R., Murphy, C. L. S., Pasman, R., Radhakrishnan, M., Urich, C. H. & Wong, T. H. F. 2016 Proceedings of Ozwater 2016. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Water Association

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Infill housing strategies to transform low-density suburbs

London, G., Bertram, N. & Khor, L-A. 2016 Sustainable Housing 2016: Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Housing Planning, Management and Usability. Amoeda, R. & Pinheiro, C. (eds.). Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, p. 75-86 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Monash Steps / Stawell Steps

Nakao, H., Bertram, N., Mannering, V. & Bennetts, P. 2016 96 p.Clayton, Vic, Australia : Monash University Publishing

Research output: Other contribution

Prizes

2011 Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award Residential Architecture

Nigel Bertram (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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2011 IDEA - Institutional - Highly Commended

Nigel Bertram (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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2012 ACT Architecture Awards: Award for Residential Architecture

Nigel Bertram (Recipient), Marika Neustupny (Recipient), Lucinda McLean (Recipient), Catherine Townsend (Recipient), Laura Mary Harper (Recipient) & Ralf Rehak (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2012 Award for Residential Architecture - Houses

Nigel Bertram (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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2012 Planning Excellence - Victoria Awards: Best Planning Ideas Small Project - Commendation

Nigel Bertram (Recipient), Lucinda McLean (Recipient), Marika Neustupny (Recipient), Kirsten Bauer (Recipient) & Erwin Taal (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Big West HOUSE: An Arts-led Innovation in the Social Housing Sector

Marcia Ferguson (Contributor), Bertram, N. (Contributor), Jeanette Large (Contributor), Kerry O'Neill (Host)
28 Nov 2015

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

ARCHITECTURE AUST: 'Occupied'

Nigel Bertram

1/01/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

VOGUE LIVING: 'The best architecture in Victoria for 2016'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Mary Harper & Marie Le touze

1/12/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

DOMAIN: 'Powering up: Victoria’s winning women architects'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Mary Harper & Marie Le touze

19/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

THE AGE: 'Houses that inspire and intrigue'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Mary Harper & Marie Le touze

12/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

ARCHITECTURE NOW: 'Winners revealed: 2016 Australian National Architecture Awards'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Mary Harper & Marie Le touze

4/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other