DSc, PhD, BArch (Hons 1), BSc — AIA (Architecture), PIA (Urban Design)
Dr. Michael J. Ostwald is Professor of Architectural Analytics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney (Australia) and Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.
For more than two decades Michael has been a senior leader and manager in universities and he has also served in leadership roles in industry and professional bodies. He has been a Dean, Associate Dean and Head of School, and has served as interim or acting Pro Vice Chancellor at multiple institutions. Michael was previously Professor of Architecture and Dean of Built Environment and Design at the University of Newcastle (Australia), Professorial Research Fellow and Research Director at Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand) and Professorial Fellow at the Università di Pisa (Italy). He has held academic positions in Hong Kong and North America and been an adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at Newcastle, a visiting fellow at ANU (Australia), MIT (USA), HKU (China) and UCLA (USA) and an EU Distinguished Professor.
Professor Ostwald’s qualifications, training and industry experience are in architecture, urban design and legal assessment. While working for architectural and urban design practices in Australia, USA, Singapore and UK he completed a range of projects in the community, health and commercial sectors. In 2003 the Premier’s Department of NSW appointed him to be an assessor of state significant development and an advisor on design quality. Since then, he has served on planning and assessment committees and boards for multiple NSW councils and state government bodies.
A nationally award winning and commended teacher (CAUT 1996/7, TIETE 1997), in 2016 the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Professor Michael Ostwald the Neville Quarry Medallion. This is the highest honour an academic can receive from the architectural profession. It was awarded for ‘exceptional international leadership in architectural research and education’. He been awarded six international prizes or commendations for research and multiple best paper awards. Michael has also been awarded three national citations for design research since 1995, and as part of teams he has been short-listed for prizes or highly commended on four occasions.
Professor Michael Ostwald has been a Chief Investigator on more than 50 competitive research grants totalling over $7.3 M (Aus) in funding from the ARC, Carrick, OLT and ALTC in Australia, the Graham and Getty foundations in the USA and the EU. He has completed more than 30 industry-based research contracts worth almost $1 M (Aus), including Linkage grants and contract research for the Stockland Group (Retail), BHP Billiton (Energy and Mining), Lend Lease (Retail), Civil and Civic (Affordable Housing) and the GEO Group (Infrastructure). In 2008 Michael was awarded an ARC Indigenous Discovery Project, in 2009 he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and in 2016 he was awarded the Australia–Korea Council international fellowship (with Dr JuHyun Lee and Prof. Ning Gu). In total he has won 14 ARC grants.