Thomas KVAN

Position: Dean

Professor KVAN is the founding Dean of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and of the Royal Society of the Arts, the former two were elected in 2005 and the latter in 2021, selected into the 2022 Stanford Lifetime Scientific Impact Ranking of the Top 2% of Top Scientists in the World. Previously, he has held positions as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Campus and Global Development and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. During his time at the University of Melbourne, he established the Melbourne School of Design and founded several multidisciplinary large research initiatives. He holds or has held honorary and advisory appointments at the University of Melbourne, TU Eindhoven, Wuhan University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and University of New South Wales. 


KVAN is recognized internationally for his pioneering work in design, design learning, digital environments, design management, and virtual heritage. He was the founding co-Director of LEaRN (the Learning Environments Applied Research Network) delivering multidisciplinary research on learning and architecture and was founding Director of AURIN (the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network) that developed a national digital infrastructure of urban data to support research and decision making, both networks hosted at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 200 publications in academic, professional, and popular channels and is on the editorial boards of leading journals. KVAN received his Ph.D. in architecture from Open University, MArch in Computer Applications in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, MA, and BA from Cambridge University. 


Selected Output:

Wesley Imms and Thomas Kvan (2021). Teacher Transition Into Innovative Learning Environments: A Global Perspective, Springer Nature, Singapore.


Thomas Kvan and Karakiewicz, Justyna, eds. (2018). Urban Galapagos: Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems, Springer Cham. 


Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz and Thomas Kvan (2013). The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric, Routledge, Milton Park. 


Yehuda E. Kalay, Thomas Kvan, and Janice Affleck, eds. (2007). New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage, Routledge, London, and New York.


William J. Mitchell, Robin Liggett and Thomas Kvan (1987). The Art of Computer Graphics Programming: A Structured Introduction for Architects and Designers, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. 


Yueer He, Thomas Kvan, Meng Liua and Baizhan Li, (2018). How Green Building Rating Systems Affect Designing Green, Building and Environment, 133, 19-31, DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.02.007. 


Ian Gibson, Thomas Kvan and Ling Wai Ming (2002). Rapid Prototyping for Architectural Models, Rapid Prototyping Journal, 8(2), 91-95, DOI: 10.1108/13552540210420961.


Thomas Kvan (2001). The Pedagogy of Virtual Design Studios, Automation in Construction, 10(3), 345-353, DOI: 10.1016/S0926-5805(00)00051-0.


Thomas Kvan (2000). Collaborative Design: What Is It?. Automation in Construction, 9(4), 409-415, DOI: 10.1016/S0926-5805(99)00025-4.


Justyna Karakiewicz, Thomas Kvan and Steve Hatzellis (2010). Fear Free City, shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale, immersive 3D animation developed from pen and ink drawing. 


Karakiewicz Justyna and Thomas Kvan (2006), East Darling Harbour, model exhibited at Suerpmodels, Sydney, robotically cut foam base, 3D printed plaster, laser-cut acrylic, acrylic sheet, 594x841x80mm, catalog item: 147.