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Dr Norman Day

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Dr Norman Day

Doctor of Architecture Honoris Causa (RMIT University), Master of Architecture (RMIT University), Bachelor of Architecture (Melbourne University), Architects Registration Board (Victoria), Union International Architects (Paris), Member: Association Dos Architectos Timor Letse (Dili)

Norman Day is an architect, educator, and writer.

He has designed and built in Australia and Asia, notably in Melbourne, Canberra, Dili (Timor Leste) and in Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Cantho). He worked with the late Robin Boyd and Professor Frederick Romberg before starting his own practice in 1971. His architecture is contemporary and investigative; it seeks to provide long-life-term constructions which last over time rather than short-term solutions which satisfy a culture of ‘architecture as a commodity’. Buildings include public and private housing and educational facilities in and around Melbourne, health buildings, institutional, new and restored.


Major commissions include Mowbray College (Melton), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Headquarters (Melbourne), RMIT International University (Ho Chi Minh City) and Cantho LRC (Cantho City, Vietnam), PetroVietnam University (Hanoi) and Embassy for Timor Leste (Canberra).


Since 2000, he has been involved in consulting the new nation of Timor Leste consulting on the reconstruction of the country with projects including the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room/ Library (Dili), Hotel dom Aleixo (Dili) and schemes for empowerment training. He is a Board Member of Architects Without Frontiers. Design submissions have been made for a design proposal for the new Assembly and Ba Dinh Hall (Hanoi), an urban design competition for Thu Thiem district (HCMC), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), MOMA at Heide, West Kowloon Redevelopment (Hong Kong) and National Trade Union Headquarters (Singapore.)

He was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of RMIT (1994-2009) which also awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Architecture. During the period 1976 to 2002 he was Lecturer and Design Coordinator Theory, History, Communications Department of Architecture Faculty of Design and Environmental Construction, University of RMIT (Melbourne).

He has lectured also at the University of Western Australia Perth, School of Art and Design, RMIT at Bundoora, University of New South Wales (Sydney), School of Architecture, University of Melbourne, Department of Architecture (with Professor Susana Torre), Columbia University, New York, Lecturer Council of Adult Education , Monash University (Melbourne),Swinburne Technical College (Melbourne), and Deakin University (Geelong).


Professional awards include

  • Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) – 25 YEAR AWARD FOR ENDURING ARCHITECTURE – 2010. For Ministry of Housing Infill Housing Program – shared with other architects (1982-85).
  • RAIA-Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media.
  • Finalist Award Robin Boyd Award House of the Year RAIA (National): For Outstanding Architecture.
  • Seven Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards.
  • Lustig + Moar - RAIA Architecture Prize.
  • BELLE magazine "House of the Year".
  • Housing Industry of Australia, House of the Year award (Best Use of Steel).
  • The Australian Business Award 2005 for “Business Innovation”, Australian Chamber of Commerce (AUSCHAM) – Fosters Vietnam Ltd.
  • Keynote lecture, ‘Emerging Voices”, Architectural League of New York (New York).
  • Excellence in Construction - National Building and Construction Awards, Commercial Building, National Award Master Builders Association of Australia (College of Anaesthetists).
  • Excellence in Construction - Commercial Building Victorian State Award Master Builders Association of Victoria (College of Anaesthetists).
  • Australian Government Award for valued contribution as a volunteer working in East Timor (Timor Leste).
  • City of Port Phillip Design + Development Awards (College of Anaesthetists) – best contribution to achieving sustainable development.

He was first employed as architecture critic for 'The Age' (Melbourne) in 1976 and writes intermittently still for the publication, and has supplied critique for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (Radio and TV), and previously for the Sydney Morning Herald' and 'The Sunday Age' (Melbourne).

Articles have been published world-wide including - National Times (Melbourne), (Editor) Architect Australia magazine (National), (Editor) Architect Magazine, DOMUS (Italy), Studio International (London), International Architecture (London), Aujourd Hui (Paris), Monument Magazine (Sydney), Transition Magazine (Melbourne), Australian Art Review (Sydney), Express Magazine (New York), Meanjin (Melbourne) and Melbourne University Magazine (Melbourne).

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Design - 330102
  • Design History, Theory And Criticism - 330304
  • Urban And Regional Planning - 330400

Teaching areas

Architecture Professional Practice;Construction - Architecture


Also published as: Day, Norman; Day, N.
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