Monash University seeks applications for a PhD scholarship, which will be part of a large, ARC-funded research project on work-related wellbeing among architects and architectural students.

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarship at Monash University (Caulfield campus, Melbourne).

The PhD will be part of a large, high-profile, industry-linked project entitled Architectural Work Cultures: Professional identity, education and wellbeing.

The successful candidate will be embedded and supported within the larger project, with expert cross-disciplinary supervision, and a vigorous engagement with the architecture profession, at a national scale. There will be considerable opportunity for building knowledge, contributing to architectural culture, and advocating towards greater wellbeing in the profession and its education.

The opportunity

The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $29,000 per annum for three years with additional research and conference travel support.

Open to domestic applicants only (including Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents), the scholarship opportunity will suit a candidate with demonstrated research experience and talent, who is interested in mental wellbeing, professional identity, education, and architectural practice.

The successful candidate will have relevant education or practice experience in one or more of the following fields: architecture (or related design or construction-industry fields), psychology, organisational theory, human resources management, and/or mental health broadly conceived.

A knowledge of architectural culture will be an advantage. Skills or experience in one or more of the following: interviewing, qualitative analysis, questionnaire design/statistical analysis, or research-based advocacy will be viewed favourably.

The project

The project aims to examine the work and study cultures of architecture in Australia, in relation to professional identity, and in terms of impact on work-related mental wellbeing. It takes a whole-of-career perspective, looking to encompass the entire architectural career from education to retirement.

It spans architectural practices of all sizes, and will include people from practices of varying sizes – micro, small, medium and large. It will employ a broad definition of architectural culture, engaging with people with an architectural training who have pursued alternative modes of practice and career, or moved into allied fields.

Ultimately, the project aims at cultural change in architectural education and the profession, towards greater wellbeing for all, and it will stage events and produce resources to support this.

Investigators & partners

Chief investigators include Professor Naomi Stead and Associate Professor Maryam Gusheh (Monash Art, Design and Architecture), Professor Julie Wolfram Cox and Associate Professor Brian Cooper (Monash Department of Management) and Dr Kirsten Orr (NSW Architects Registration Board).

Parlour is delighted to collaborate on this project, with Justine Clark joining Byron Kinnaird from the NSWARB as co-investigators.

The project also has a number of industry partners, including the Australian Institute of Architects, the Association of Consulting Architects Australia, the NSW Architects Registration Board, The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, and six architecture practices (in alphabetical order): BVN Architecture, DesignInc, Elenberg Fraser, The Fulcrum Agency, Hassell and SJB Architects.


7 October


For more information on the project, head to Architectural Work Cultures.

Direct all enquiries to Associate Professor Maryam Gusheh or Professor Naomi Stead.