Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik’s work focuses on the cultural and societal underpinnings of architecture, and the complex relationship between human beings and their environments. His collaborative approach to the design of public buildings; mixed use developments; strategic plans; feasibility studies; master-plans; secondary and tertiary education projects; adaptive reuse projects; exhibitions in major art galleries; buildings in sensitive ecological environments; and prototypical residential projects has received awards, and been published, both in Australia and internationally. Jan is the producer of the WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture series and publications project which reflect on the role that writing plays in the development of contemporary creative practice. He has worked on projects in China, Kuala Lumpur, and throughout Australia. In regional Victoria he has specialised in leveraging creative practice to deliver resilience to communities and their economies. His experience includes past appointments as deputy chair of Gertrude Contemporary, chair of the City of Melbourne Creative Spaces working group and adviser to the Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformation project, and he is a patron of West Space and ACCA.

Photograph (detail): Jan van Schaik