Leon van Schaik studied at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and is professor of architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) where he holds an innovation chair. From Melbourne, he has promoted local and international architectural culture through practice-based research. In 2005, at the 75th anniversary awards of the RAIA he was awarded the inaugural Neville Quarry Prize for Architectural Education. On 26 January 2006 he was awarded an Order of Australia, Officer (AO) in the General Division, for service to architecture as an academic, practitioner and educator, and to the community through involvement with a wide range of boards and organisations related to architecture, culture and the arts.
Leon is the author of Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice (Wiley-Academy, 2005), and Design City Melbourne, (Wiley-Academy, 2006). He provided editorial advice and an essay the monograph on John Wardall Architects Volume (Thames & Hudson 2008) and Denton Corker Marshall: Non-fictional Narratives (Birkhauser 2008). His latest book, Spatial Intelligence, will be released in September 2008.
These activities and publications have been a major influence on TERROIR, along with Leon’s pivotal role as leader of the RMIT Invitational Masters and PhD program which all TERROIR Directors undertook from 2004-07. Leon continues to engage with the practice in a critical capacity and works alongside Richard Blythe at RMIT.