Professor Esther Charlesworth
Professor Esther Charlesworth is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF) and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne. Since 2002, AWF has undertaken over 38 health, education and social infrastructure projects in 12 countries for vulnerable communities, and has been described by ABC radio broadcaster Phillip Adams as ‘destined to develop into one of the greater forces of good on this battered planet’. Charlesworth has also worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and Beirut since graduating with a Masters in Architecture and Urban from Harvard University in 1995. In 2004 she was awarded her PhD from the University of York (UK).
Charlesworth has published widely on the theme of social justice and architecture, including CityEdge: Contemporary Case Studies in Urbanism (2005), Architects without Frontiers: War, Reconstruction and Design Responsibility (2006), Divided Cities (2009) The EcoEdge (2011) Live Projects (2012) Humanitarian Architecture (2014) and Sustainable Housing Reconstruction (2015).
Professor Charlesworth has recently developed the new RMIT Master of Disaster, Design and Development [MoDDD] degree in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and UNHabitat. The MoDDD degree will be run through RMIT Melbourne and RMIT Europe from June 2016.