Dr Tom Alves is Senior Lecturer, Property at RMIT University. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne School of Design, where he is Project Coordinator for the Melbourne Housing Expo, a cross-institutional project funded by the Victorian Government and four Universities. Tom has substantial experience in policy and advisory work with the Victorian Government and fourteen years’ experience working in architectural practices in Melbourne and Sydney.
Tom was previously Acting Director of the Victorian Design Review Panel, which provides expert independent design advice to government on significant projects. As Senior Adviser at the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, Tom led the development of apartment design standards for Victoria, helped establish the Victorian Design Review Panel, and was Lead Author of the Housing Chapter during the development of Plan Melbourne.
Dr Alves has contributed to ARC and AHURI-funded housing and urban research at Melbourne, Monash and Swinburne universities and coordinated Masters courses in Architecture, Planning, Property and Housing Policy at Melbourne and RMIT. Tom’s research has focused on urban consolidation, apartment provision, medium density housing, and ‘deliberative development’, a term he coined with Dr Andrea Sharam. Tom holds a PhD in Housing and Urban Studies from Swinburne University.