Kerstin Thompson

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Kerstin Thompson is an Australian architect, born in Melbourne in 1965. She is the principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), a Melbourne-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice with projects in Australia and New Zealand. She is also Professor of Design at the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and Monash University.


Thompson earned her bachelor's degree in architecture at RMIT in 1989. During her undergraduate studies she worked in the Milan-based studio of Matteo Thun (1987) and the Melbourne-based practice of Robinson Chen (1988–89). From 1990 to 1994 she was a lecturer in architectural design at RMIT and she completed her Master's in Architecture there in 1998.

Since 1994 she has run her own architectural firm, Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA). She has won a number of awards for her houses.[1] In 2012 Big Hill won the Houses Award for New House over 200m2[2] and in 2014 House at Hanging Rock won the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New); she is one of the first women to win this award.[3][4][5]

Thompson was a member of the Federal Government's BEIIC Advisory Committee. She was the Creative Director for the 2005 RAIA National Conference[6] and one of the Creative Directors for Australia's 2008 Venice Biennale exhibition, Abundant Australia.[7]

She is a panel member of the Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.[8]

Notable projects[edit]

Napier Street Housing
Napier Street Housing, Fitzroy, Victoria.


  1. ^ Clark, Justine (April 2013). "Kerstin Thompson: 'it's about how people live'". Houses. 91. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "2012 Houses Awards: New House over 200m2". Houses. 87. August 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Chua, Geraldine (7 November 2014). "House at Hanging Rock by Kerstin Thompson Architects wins 2014 AIA Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture (New)". Infolink Architecture and Design. 
  4. ^ "AIA winning house haunted by tale of Hanging Rock". The Australian. 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Puvanenthiran, Bhakthi (6 November 2014). "Is this Australia's best new house?". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ "RAIA National Conference Address - Victorian Minister for Planning, Rob Hulls". Australian Institute of Architects. 21 April 2005. 
  7. ^ "RAIA - Abundant Australia, Venice Biennale". The Loop: Frost Group. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kerstin Thompson: Architect". Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Backbone of a university". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Murray, Shane (January 2011). "MUMA: Monash University Museum of Art". Architecture Australia. 100 (1). Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ van Schaik, Leon (1 January 2007). "Visiting the Australian Garden". Architecture Australia. 96 (1). 
  12. ^ MacArthur, John (January 2004). "'A simple gesture across a piece of land'". Architecture Australia. 93 (1). Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Murray, Shane (March 2002). "Medium Density". Architecture Australia. 91 (2). Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. 

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