Leon van Schaik

Founding member of the Academic Court

Leon is innovation professor of architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. From his base in Australia, he has promoted local and international architectural culture through practice-based research. In 2003 he was made a life fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Australia. At the 75th awards of the RAIA he was awarded the inaugural Neville Quarry Prize for Architectural Education. In 2006 he was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for service to architecture as an academic, practitioner and educator. He writes on architecture for many journals and has published several books. Writings include Poetics in Architecture (Wiley Academy, 2002), The Practice of Practice (RMIT University Press, 2003), Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice (Wiley-Academy, 2005), Spatial Intelligence (Wiley, 2008), and By Practice By Design: Design Practice Research at RMIT (Onepointsixone, 2011), Practical Poetics in Architecture (Wiley, 2015).