Vanessa Bird is an architect and co-founder of the multi-awarding-winning practice Bird de la Coeur Architects with a strong interest in local context and experimental housing models. The practice specialises in housing, ranging from multi-residential housing, to social housing, aged care, and single houses.
Vanessa is a national councillor, Australian Institute of Architects and the immediate past president of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. She is a board member of Architecture Media and The Australian Institute of Architects. She regularly contributes to mainstream media and journals on the role architecture plays in ensuring our cities and towns are sustainable and enriching.
Vanessa is a member of the AIA Victorian Honours Committee, and has represented the AIA on juries, industry task forces and on Course Accreditation panels for several universities. She is a mentor to a number of younger women practitioners. Vanessa was a made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2008.
Bird de la Coeur Architects is a member of the ‘Dancing Architects’ patron’s circle of Melbourne Festival.
Vanessa Bird. Photo by Michael Rayner.