Humanitarian Architecture Week 2019

Design for a Fragile Planet, 5-7 August 2019, RMIT Melbourne

RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design is hosting Humanitarian Architecture Week again in 2019. Across three public events, humanitarian architects will explore divergent pathways and projects in designing for marginalised communities.

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Transition your career into the humanitarian sector

Undertake a degree with a flexible structure that combines online learning and face-to-face intensives, suited to students still working full-time.


Where can MoDDD take you?

“MoDDD has transformed my career. I have been working with UNCHR, camp planning for Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.”
David Anderson, MoDDD graduate


Become a Leader in the Humanitarian Sector

“RMIT’s MoDDD degree is critical to the global shelter sector in addressing complex design and planning tasks needed to rebuild physical and social infrastructure, before and after a disaster.”
Brett Moore, Chief, Shelter and Settlements Section UNHCR

About our Program

The Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) is Australia’s leading post graduate degree providing a global learning platform for students wanting to transition their careers into the disaster management and humanitarian sectors.

Working with industry experts you will develop interdisciplinary skills to rebuild communities impacted by disaster, poverty and displacement.

What is MoDDD?

Why MoDDD?

Develop cross-disciplinary skills

Students from diverse backgrounds – from social science, engineering, design, communication and health – will learn systems and design thinking skills to address problems in disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, climate change adaptation and urban resilience.

Manage work-life balance

MoDDD provides you with a range of flexible study options to suit local, interstate and international students. These include online learning modules, face-to-face intensive workshops with industry professionals and optional international field trips to Vietnam and South America.

Work with industry experts

MoDDD was developed in close collaboration with leaders in the humanitarian sector, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Vision International, UN-Habitat and UNHCR; who all remain active within the program.

Study in a prestigious university

MoDDD sits within the renowned school of Architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. By enrolling in the MoDDD degree, you will become part of a world-leading Architecture & Urban Design school, ranked 26th in the latest QS world university ranking.

Alumni stories

Connection, community and agency: Building a village preschool in India

Image credit: Roberto Rodriguez Reyes, @rober3 The following is excerpted from MoDDD graduate Sarah Schoffel’s forthcoming article for The Design Between, a collaborative publication focusing on the issues of disaster, design and development founded by…
Alumni stories

Alice Lake-Hammond and AF8 prepare New Zealand for Alpine Fault earthquake

Since graduating from MoDDD, I have been working as the Project Leader of the Alpine Fault magnitude 8 (AF8) natural hazard preparedness programme in New Zealand. AF8 is an award-winning programme of scientific modelling, coordinated…
Alumni stories

David Anderson deploys to Nepal with UNHCR

Deployment with RedR to UNHCR in Nepal In the early 90s, Bhutan went through an ethnic cleansing and over 100,000 people fled Bhutan and settled in far east Nepal. Over 90,000 refugees have now been resettled.…
Alumni stories

Finding a voice through film: Zoe D’Arcy interns with World Vision Cambodia

In June 2018, Zoe D’Arcy travelled to Cambodia for a month to see first-hand how international NGO World Vision is undertaking development work with vulnerable communities.  With the assistance of a scholarship from RMIT, she…

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