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Tim Leslie FRAIA

Tim is a strong advocate for the importance of good design.


Tim's belief in good design served as the catalyst to establish the Open House Melbourne program now it its 11th year. Tim is the current director of this program. As a former project director at Bates Smart, Tim worked on a broad range of government, civic and commercial developments in his 13 years with the firm.

His approach to assessing design is to look at the proposal’s response to context, the designer’s integrity and their own position statement and ingenuity to solve complex problems.

Tim is aware of the development pressure Melbourne is facing in response to unprecedented growth. He believes in the role of design review in lifting design quality and to ensure the future legacy of a built environment that makes a positive contribution.

Tim has served as a:

  • juror and guest critic for the Australian Institute of Architects
  • local government panels
  • Melbourne awards

Reviewed 14 April 2020

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