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Markus Jung

Course Director Master of Architecture and Urban Design
Dipl. Ing. Architektur, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


About__Markus Jung is a multi-award-winning German architect and urban designer, co-director of XPACE architecture + urban design, and Course Director Urban Design (PG) at Swinburne University of Technology.
He grew up in Italy where his passions for cities and human interactions were nurtured.

Expertise__Markus has a strong background and international record of achievement in a wide range of Major Architecture Projects, Urban Design, Water Sensitive, and Climatic & Integrated Design. He specializes in processes of Metropolitan Transformation and Densification at all scales. His projects focus on Post-Industrial Site Redevelopments and Mixed-Use Urban Precincts adjacent to Public Transport Infrastructure. Markus has been leading transdisciplinary teams on design-research projects in Melbourne and China with a strong focus on Water Sensitive Urban Design incorporating resources and the existing built and social fabrics as drivers for resilient City-Making. His Housing research investigates high-density types, as a sustainable model for addressing needs of an expanding and diversified population.
Markus’ co-authored book Building Mixity! was shortlisted for the Australian Urban Design Awards in 2019. While his WSUD research with the CRCWSC in Kunshan China, received the 2017 Award of Excellence in Innovation by the Australian government. His current design-research Melbourne Cool Lines! was exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, CITYX Italian Virtual Pavilion in 2021.

Markus has held permanent academic positions at the ETH Zurich (2004-10), Zurich University of the Arts (2010-11), Monash University (2011-2020), and was a Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University Chengdu (2016).
Markus is a regularly invited speaker and critic at international conferences, workshops and design review panels at universities and organizations in Australia, Europe, USA, and China including RMIT, University of Melbourne, Southeast University Nanjing, Bauhaus Dessau, Urban Affairs Association, Liverpool University, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Markus Jung is the founder and co-director of XPACE architecture + urban design, a design-research practice in Melbourne Australia. The practice was formally established in 2005 in Zurich Switzerland, and has participated in numerous national and international competitions, winning prizes, and honourable mentions. Its work focuses on urban diversity, social and environmental responsiveness. Projects range from urban research in Australia and prize-winning urban design competitions such as Geneva 2020, to a multi-generational housing project with art gallery in Zurich, or a home extension for an artist in Luxemburg. XPACE is widely published by the international press. Prior, Markus worked for leading practices in London and Zurich on large-scale projects of transportation, mixed-use redevelopments, commercial offices, and urban design.

Markus brings over 25 years of global experience leading practice and research projects, that enables him to make significant contributions from project inception through to project delivery.

Research interests

Urban Design; Water Sensitive Urban Design; Climatic and Integrated Design; Urban Transformation and Densification; Landscape Urbanism; Multi-scalar Design; Research-by-Design; Sustainable Housing

Fields of Research

  • Architecture - 330100
  • Urban Design - 330411

Teaching areas

Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education;Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity;Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability;Housing and Urban Studies


  • 2022, International, Rethinking the Future Awards 2022, 3rd Prize, Rethinking the Future
  • 2021, International, CITYX Venice, Italian Virtual Pavilion: Melbourne Cool Lines!, 17th Biennale Architettura Venezia
  • 2019, National, Australian Urban Design Awards; shortlisted, Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Australian Institute of Architects
  • 2017, Other, The Place of Transport, Ideas Competition; 1st Prize, Australian Institute of Architects
  • 2017, National, Award for Excellence in Innovation, Aus Government, Canberra ACT
  • 2007, National, Raiffeisenbank Escholzmatt, Invited Competition; 2nd Prize, Gemeinde Escholzmatt-Marbach CH
  • 2005, International, Geneva2020 visions urbaines; 4th Prize, Federation of Swiss Architects
  • 2003, National, Faerbi Areal, Urban Design Competition; 2nd Prize, Stadt Zurich
  • 2002, National, Centre of Leukerbad, Urban Design Competition; 2nd Prize, Gemeinde Leukerbad CH
  • 1998, National, Greater London Authority Building, Competition; 3rd Prize, City of London


Also published as: Jung, Markus; Jung, M.
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