As a designer, educator and academic I see my role as one that fosters a critical exploration of the issues informing contemporary design culture. My experiences in the fields of product design, furniture design, interior design and architecture have been instrumental in the establishment of a methodological framework for a creative practice that spans the design disciplines.
Through my work I am committed to the development and realisation of design projects, teaching practices and research activities that extend the boundaries of contemporary design and the sensibilities that surround it. This dedication to the evolution of design thinking is viewed as a school of thought that integrates the realms of the profession and the academy and which actively engages with the wider design community, both locally and internationally.
Doctor of Philosophy - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - 2011
Associate Professor RMIT School of Design (2019)
Program Manager RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology (2017 - 2019)
Research Supervisor Higher Degree Research Candidates (2002 - 2019)
Research Director RMIT Furniture Laboratory (2004 -2009)
Program Director RMIT Interior Design (2002 -2004)
Senior Lecturer RMIT Interior Design (1998 - 2016)
Specialisations Co-ordinator RMIT Interior Design (2000 -2002)
Interior Design Studio Co-ordinator RMIT Interior Design (1994 - 2000)
First year Coordinator RMIT Interior Design (1992 - 1994)
Lecturer RMIT Interior Design (1992 - 1998)
LendLease: Prototyping Community Engagement - $353,000
City of Casey: Public Arts commission- $60,000
Goulburn Murray Water: Industry Collaboration - $50,000
LendLease: Melbourne Quarter community artwork - $10,000
Australia Council: Presentation and Promotion Grant - $30,000
Arts Victoria: International Export and Touring Grant - $15,000
Finalist: Sustainability Award, Melbourne Awards 2018.
Highly commended: Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards, Event Design category, 2015
Shortlisted: Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards, Event Design category, 2012
Shortlisted: Colin and Cicely Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria, 2009
Winner: Fringe Architecture Award, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 1999
Winner: Artist + Industry Design Award, Furniture 93 Melbourne, 1992
Winner: Children's Furniture Category, Sydney Furniture Fair, Sydney Showgrounds, 1986
McLeod, Ross. Between Field and Form. PhD Thesis: RMIT University, 2011.
McLeod, Ross, ed. The Sensuous Intellect. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2006.
McLeod, Ross, and Suzie Attiwill, ed. INTERsection. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2002.
McLeod, Ross, ed. Interior Cities. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 1999
Lacey, J. McLeod, R. Anderson, C. and Khoo, C."The Artwork Remembers: designing a methodology for community-based urban design". In Designing Cultures of Care, Editor Laurene Vaughan; Bloomsbury, 2019
McLeod, Ross. "Sensoria". In The Sensuous Intellect, pp. 6-11. Melbourne: RMIT University Press, 2006
McLeod, Ross. “Spatial Translations”. International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design, Volume 5: Adaptive Interventions", 2018
McLeod, Ross. “Transient Materiality.” Studies in Material Thinking, 2011
McLeod, Ross. “Filmic Space.” I.D.E.A. (Interior Design Educators Australia) Journal, 2000
McLeod, Ross. “Exporting Education.” I.D.E.A. (Interior Design Educators Australia) Journal, 1999
Lacey, J. McLeod, R. Anderson, C. and Khoo, C. “Touchstone: a discussion of a digitally integrated artwork designed to facilitate community engagement". Responsive Cities: Active Public Space, Barcelona, 2017
McLeod, Ross. “Field Affects – Shaping Spatial Experience.” Immaterial Materialities; Interstices Conference. University of Technolgy, Sydney, 2012.
McLeod, Ross. “Mining the Urban Unconscious.” Occupation Conference. University Brighton, 2010.
McLeod, Ross. “Beyond a Phenomenology of Light.” Designing Designers. Milano Polytechnico / Milan Furniture Fair, 2009.
EXHIBITION + SYMPOSIA CURATION
McLeod, Ross."The Exchange." Urban Living Laboratory. RMIT- Lendlease research collaboration
McLeod, Ross. "Inner Worlds Symposium"
McLeod, Ross, Suriawati Qiu, Jindee Chua, Charles Dewanto.
Mcleod, Ross, Charles Anderson, Chuan Khoo, Shanti Sumartojo, Jordan Lacey, Malte Wagenfeld
McLeod, Ross, Suriawati Qiu, Jindee Chua, Charles Dewanto.
Mcleod, Ross. "Thisness". Bus Projects Gallery, Rokeby St, Collingwood, 2014.
Mcleod, Ross. "Interiority - Interior Design Phd Symposium". RMIT Design Hub Lecture Theatre, Melbourne, August 2013.
McLeod, Ross, Sand Helsel, Charles Dewanto and Gyungju Chou.
McLeod, Ross, and Sand Helsel.
McLeod, Ross, Sand Helsel, and Andrea Mina.
Mcleod, Ross, Trish Pringle, and Christopher Kaltenbach.
McLeod, Ross, and Veronica Saunders.
McLeod, Ross, Veronica Saunders and Wayne Moskwa.
EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS
McLeod, R. Lacey, J. Anderson, C. and Khoo, C. “Sound Fountain”. Shortlisted Competition entry. The City of Melbourne, University Square Public Artwork Commission, 2018
McLeod, R.Lacey, J. Anderson, C. and Khoo, C. "Touchstone”, Interactive Public Artwork, Clyde North Community Centre Forecourt, Victoria, 2017
McLeod, R. Anderson, C. “Frame Melbourne”, Public Artwork, Melbourne, Victoria, 2016
Mcleod, Ross. "Crucible". Cush Cush Gallery, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 2016.
Mcleod, Ross. "The Hospital for Broken Things". In Hangzhou International Design Week, Southern Song Imperial Street, Hangzhou, China, 2015.
Mcleod, Ross. "Column". In Thisness Bus Projects Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne, 2014.
McLeod, Ross. “String Theory”: DeDeCe Showroom Installation, Russell St., Melbourne, 2012.
McLeod, Ross. “Animate Activate”. In The Project, Saturday in Design –Stylecraft Showroom Flinders Lane Melbourne 2012.
McLeod, Ross. “The Transience of Light”. In State of Design Festival - Euroluce, Russell St Melbourne 2011.
McLeod, Ross. “Aurora + Cirrus”: in The Project, Saturday in Design Stylecraft Showroom Flinders Lane Melbourne 2010.
McLeod, Ross. “A Sense of Balance”. In Fringe Furniture 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Meat Market Art Center Melbourne 2009.
McLeod, Ross. “A Sense of Balance”. In Light Cycle Exhibition Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne 2009.
McLeod, Ross. “Frequency”. In Rigg Contemporary Design Award National Gallery of Victoria 2009.
McLeod, Ross. “Sing Sing Pavilion“. In On Bamboo Unitech, Lae, Papua New Guinea 2008.
McLeod, Ross. “Penumbra“. In Immaterial First Site Gallery, RMIT University Melbourne 2004
McLeod, Ross. “Scape“. In Landscapes Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne 1999.
McLeod, Ross. “Plateau”. In Field Notes: S(c)ite works, University of South Australia, Art Museum 1999
McLeod, Ross. "Woven Wall". In UP, F.A.D Gallery, Melbourne 1998
Postgraduate Research Project Supervision
Tin Angus, Biomimetic Facade Screening, PhD by project 2017 –
Jason Parmington, Products of Reflection, PhD by project 2008 – 2018
Maja Kinnemark, Furnify, Masters by Research (project) 2010 – 2015
Zuzana Kovar, Productive Leakages- Architecture in Abjection, PhD by thesis 2010 - 2014
Erika Kusamawardhani, Exploring the Design Potential of Bamboo, Masters by Research 2006 – 2009
Rodrigo de la Cruz, Interior Resurrection, Masters by Research (project) 2004 -2006
Ricardo Jimenez, Event Aphrodisiacs, Masters by Research (project) 2002 - 2004
Master of Design Innovation and Technology Studios
The Only Constant is Change, Design Innovation technology Studio, 2018
Transformative Apparatus, Design Innovation technology Studio, 2017
Urban Noise Wall Park, Design Innovation technology Studio, 2017
Knowledge Wayfinding, Design Innovation technology Studio, 2017
Spatial Phonetics, Design Innovation technology Studio, 2017
Undergraduate Interior Design Studios
Inner Worlds, Interdisciplinary Design Specialisation 2018
Urban Surfaces, Interdisciplinary Design Specialisation 2016
Future Bathroom, Interior Design Elective 2016
Feedback, Interdisciplinary Design Studio 2016
Sky Pavilions, Interior Design Elective 2014
Minimum, Interior Design Technical Elective 2014
Translation, Interior Design Studio 2014
Retreat, Interior Design Technical Elective 2013
Materialism, Interior Design Studio 2013
Retreat, Interior Design Technical Elective 2012
Synaesthetic Dimensions, Interior Design Studio 2012
Urban Spatial Phenomena, Interior Design Elective 2011
When is a Wall, Interior Design Technical Elective 2011
LifeCycle, Interior Design Studio 2011
The Phenomenological Filter, Interior Design Studio 2009
Foyeristic, Interior Design Elective 2009
Adaptation, Interior Design Studio 2009
Sound and Vision, Interior Design Studio 2008
Eco Techno Craft, Interior Design Elective 2008
The Philosophers Huts, Interior Design Studio 2008
Undergraduate Furniture Design Studios
Wellness in the Workplace, Interior Design Elective 2015
Illuminati, Lighting Design Elective 2013
Essential II, Furniture Design Studio 2009
Objects for Daily Rituals, Furniture Design Studio 2008
Essential, Furniture Design Studio 2008
Can Cad Cam, Furniture Design Studio 2007
Ispeaker, Furniture Design Studio 2007
Tableware, Furniture Design Studio 2006
Ecochic, Furniture Design Studio 2005
Zen and Wood, Furniture Design elective 1999
A.part.ment, Interior/ furniture studio 1998
The Seats of Higher Learning, RMIT public seating project 1997
Refunctioning the house, Furniture Design studio 1996
Range, Furniture design studio 1995
Current, Landscape Architecture 1994
New Domestic Form, Furniture Design Studio 1993
Whats in Store, Furniture Design Studio 1991
International Study Tours
Asia Bound Internship Program. Beijing, Shanghai,Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, 2015 - 2016.
The Hospital for Broken Things. Interior Design International Summer Studio, Hangzhou, China, 2014.
Time Machines, Global Design Challenge Workshop: VCU Qatar Master of Fine Art Design, Doha and Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Sculpture and Extended Media, USA. 2013
Kori, Interior Design International Study Tour, Bali Indonesia 2012
On Bamboo, Unitech Lae Papua New Guinea 2008
Temple, Architecture/ Interior Workshop, Geidai University Tokyo 2002