Professor Julie Willis has been appointed the new dean for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.
A professor of architecture and a respected scholar and architectural historian, Willis has held numerous leadership positions at the university since 1998 including serving as the pro vice chancellor (research and practice capability) until recently.
Acting vice chancellor Margaret Sheil described Willis as an outstanding candidate who was selected after an eight-month international search to fill the position. She added that Willis was a proven leader, distinguished scholar and committed teacher with an exceptional understanding of research strategy across a wide range of disciplines.
Willis’ appointment coincides with the introduction of the new bachelor of design degree by the university. According to Willis, this degree offers the faculty a great opportunity to further build on its considerable strengths and forge stronger cross-disciplinary engagement.
Willis will take over as the new dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in November this year from interim dean Daryl Le Grew.
Image: Julie Willis, the new dean of the Architecture, Building and Planning faculty at the University of Melbourne. Image: Courtesy of the University of Melbourne