Ian McDougall is recognised internationally for his work in urban design and architecture.
He is a Founding Director of Australia’s ARM Architecture, with whom he has been the Director in Charge of many large, collaborative and high-profile projects—ones that are cultural, educational, public, urban and commercial.
These include the Melbourne Recital Centre, MTC Southbank Theatre, internationally awarded Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance redevelopment, and the redevelopment of Melbourne’s main concert hall (Hamer Hall). These projects are international icons and exemplars in their typologies. McDougall is currently engaged on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Upgrade and Monash University Chancellery.
McDougall was born and began his architectural career in Adelaide. He has been a passionate publisher, teacher and writer on architecture and cities throughout his career. He is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at both the University of Adelaide and Melbourne’s RMIT University. He is also a former editor of Architecture Australia magazine.
In 2016, McDougall won the Gold Medal, the highest accolade awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. He shares this honour with ARM Founding Directors Howard Raggatt and Stephen Ashton.
In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian architecture.