Professor Rob Adams AM, Director City Design, City of Melbourne.Professor Rob Adams is one of the champions of urban design in Australia today, with more than 38 years experience as a practising designer in private enterprise and public service. During his career, Rob has been awarded a plethora of awards including an Order of Australia (AM) for services to urban design, town planning and architecture. As recently as 2008 he was named the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year. cont'd.....
As Director City Design, he is one of five directors at the City of Melbourne. Through this portfolio, in 1985 Rob put in place the first comprehensive urban design strategy for the city. He has, as a designer, guided its implementation from strategic vision to major projects such as the city revitalisation project Postcode 3000, Swanston Street redesign, QV, Birrarung Marr, Queensbridge Precinct, Turning Basin and CH2 through to fine detail including bluestone paving, street furniture, lighting, signage and tree planting.
This comprehensive program over 27 years has seen a reversal in the way the city is perceived.
Rob has also promoted the arts and culture of the city by elevating the profile of public art through projects such as Blue Line, Travellers and Birrarung Wilam. He has expanded the City’s cultural program through venues such as ArtPlay, MeatMarket, ArtHouse and Town Hall Gallery.
More recently he has made a significant contribution to the City’s ‘Zero Emissions 2020’ project through such buildings as the East Melbourne Library, Queen Victoria Market solar panels and the multi-award winning CH2 building – Australia’s first six star commercial building. Rob’s division has received more than 120 state and national awards for design excellence.