Ian McDougall

Ian McDougall
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Ian McDougall is a practising architect, writer and teaching in architecture with 30 years experience in the industry. He began architecture at Adelaide University in the early 1970s, completing his degree in Melbourne.


    He is a founding and current director of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, a national practice, that has established an international reputation for cutting edge architectural design. Since its formation in 1988, the firm has completed significant and influential projects, such as the National Museum of Australia, Canberra and the master planning of Melbourne Docklands. Ian’s interests are in architectural design as a cultural discipline both in individual buildings, evidenced in projects such as Marion Cultural Centre, Shrine of Remembrance and the Melbourne Recital Centre / MTC Theatres Complex, and evidenced in urban design, as in the Docklands work. He is an experienced urban designer, with a knowledge based on measured studies of the street, lane and arcade systems of Melbourne and Sydney. In the area of retail planning, he has compiled case study layouts of typical major retail centres in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


    He has written critical essays and reviews for a wide range of journals and newspapers. He was cofounder and long term editor of Transition Magazine, a past editor of Architect Victoria and of Architecture Australia.


    He has been teaching since 1982, beginning by taking Architectural History at RMIT. Since then, he has taught Design at RMIT (currently Adjunct Professor of Architecture) and University of Western Australia (visiting Professor 1992), with guest sessions at University of Sydney, Deakin University and University of Melbourne. He is a regular speaker at conferences, most recently as a keynote at the New Zealand Institute of Architects conference and the RAIA “Exchange” National Conference (both 2005).


    He was President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) in 2000-02 and also national treasurer of the RAIA twice. He is currently a board member of the Venice Biennale Committee. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian Architecture.




  • Awards & Achievements

    Architecture Awards 1995 - now



    Albury Library Museum, Albury, NSW                                                                      

    AIA National Award for Public Architecture

    AIA Vic Chapter Public Architecture Award

    AIA Regional Prize (Vic)


    Westernport House, Somers, Vic                                                                               

    South East Development Award Best Residential Building


    Melbourne Central, Melbourne Vic                                                                           

    Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, National RAIA

    RAIA Vic Chapter Commercial Architecture

    Melbourne Prize


    Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Vic     

    Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, National RAIA

    RAIA Victorian Architecture Medal

    RAIA Vic Chapter John George Knight Heritage Award                                        

    RAIA Vic Chapter William Wardell Award Institutional

    Melbourne Prize,


    Marion Cultural Centre      

    RAIA S.A. Chapter New Buildings


    Victorian Arts Centre Corporate Lounges     

    RAIA Vic Chapter Marion Mahoney Award Interiors


    RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne, Vic   

    RAIA Victorian Architecture Medal

    RAIA Vic Chapter Institutional Alterations and Additions

    RAIA Vic Chapter Interior Architecture

    ProMedicus Offices, Richmond Vic

    RAIA (Vic Chapter) Commercial


    St Kilda Town Hall and Library, St Kilda, Vic

    RAIA Vic Chapter Institutional Alterations and Additions

    RAIA Vic Chapter Interior Architecture




  • Teaching Interests

    Ian joined the University of Adelaide in 2007 and teaches in urban design and architectural design, with some participation in theory and history.


    Ian is a believer in the capacity of architects to create meaningful designs through ideas and speculations generated from cultural readings and imagery. He teaches students in the design studio to combine the potential of creativity with the reality of actual building and urban projects. He believes that the creative experimentation and exploration designers undertake through the design process constitutes research, to be assessed, evaluated and built upon as a body of knowledge.

  • Publications

    Selected Essays


    Murray, Shane, McDougall, Ian and Raggatt, Howard, “Interview” Architecture Review Australia 108, December 2008, pp 57-67

    McDougall, Ian, “Why Architecture Matters 1”, Architecture Australia, January/February 2007

    McDougall, Ian, ‘Designing Docklands’, Waterfront spectacular: creating Melbourne Docklands, the people’s waterfront, ETNCOM, Roseville NSW, 2005, pp. 76–7

    McDougall, Ian, ’10 lessons from Corrigan: a tribute from Ian McDougall on the occasion of the AS Hook address’, Architecture Australia, November/December 2003

    McDougall, Ian, ‘Halfway to anywhere: working on Australian cities’, TAKE 1: Urban Solutions: Future Proposals for the Australian City, Rob McGauran (ed.), Melbourne 2002

    McDougall, Ian, ‘Chasing modernism’, outside inside out inside outside in, Garry Emery, Images, Mulgrave 2002 pp. 50–1

    McDougall, Ian, ‘Delirious town’, Luna Park and the art of mass delirium (exhibition catalogue), Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne 1998 pp. 33–5

    McDougall, Ian, '5 Projects: Ashton Raggatt McDougall', Backlogue: the Journal of the Halftime Club, 1992, pp. 154–175

    McDougall, Ian, 'Dispersion and the encyclopedic: towards new techniques for the city', Backlogue: the Journal of the Halftime Club, Melbourne 1992, pp. 34–41

    McDougall, Ian, 'Melbourne vitalism: revisited drawings of architecture from the 1950s and 60s' (Architext catalogue curated by Ian McDougall), RAIA Victoria, 17 January 1987


  • Professional Associations

    B Arch, M Arch RMIT Melbourne

    Life Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects

    Registered Architect, Victoria and South Australia

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009