Simon Wollan is an associate director of the award-winning firm MGS Architects, where he works in urban design and architecture, focusing on place-making for transit-oriented urban design and policy formulation for place-sensitive urban intensification. His recent work has included studies for transport interchanges, urban redevelopment for complex sites, strategic studies for local activity areas as well as the design of community and institutional projects for local government and universities.
He previously worked in an urban design research group at the University of Melbourne and maintains an active involvement in academic research and teaching. He has held positions as a studio leader in the MArch and MUD programs at the Melbourne School of Design, most recently exploring suburban knowledge and education clusters, and previously on the design of train stations as places and community hubs. He is a co-author of a series of academic conference papers and refereed journal articles in urban design on place-making, urban graffiti, compact city planning and station precinct design. His design work was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
“Placing Graffiti: Creating and Contesting Character in Inner-city Melbourne.” Journal of Urban Design 17:1 (with Dovey and Woodcock, 2012).
‘Mapping Neighbourhood Fields of Care’ 5th State of Australian Cities Conference (with Dovey and Woodcock, 2011).
‘Graffiti and Urban Character’ 4th State of Australian Cities Conference (with Dovey and Woodcock, 2009).