Architectus launches Urban Design and Planning Melbourne and welcomes new Principal.

7 September 2018

Architectus is pleased to announce the launch of Urban Design and Planning (UDP) Melbourne and the appointment of new Principal Dean Thornton.

The announcement of Architectus’ new offering to the Melbourne market comes at a time when the UDP sector has seen exceptional growth for the practice. 

With over 23 years of experience, Dean brings a great breadth of knowledge and experience to Melbourne’s UDP team with expertise ranging from city shaping urban design projects, from initial visioning and master planning, through to detailed resolution and implementation. Prior to joining Architectus, Dean worked most recently with Jacobs and Development Victoria. 

Architectus Managing Director Ray Brown said: “We are delighted to have Dean join us to lead the team in Melbourne. The role of urban design in creating great places and communities continue to grow in importance as our cities become more dense and complex. Architectus has been providing urban design and planning services for some 30 years and it is great to now offer these services to our clients in Melbourne.

Dean says “it’s very exciting to have joined such a growing team and at a time where Architectus generally and UDP specifically, are achieving such great success. I am looking forward to leading the Melbourne team and contributing to its ongoing growth and profile.”

To celebrate the launch, the Urban Design and Planning team collaborated with Melbourne street photographer Jesse Marlow for an exhibition titled UNCOVER. The exhibition includes photography that explores the paradoxes and joys of urban living in Melbourne, discovering the city through a different lens.