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Kristen Whittle

Kristen Whittle Kristen Whittle is an architect and urban designer. Educated at Manchester University in England, Kristen completed postgraduate studies at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Following graduation he won the internationally recognised Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1996 and tutored architecture at the University of North London. He then went on to work with Herzog & De Meuron in Basel Switzerland, leading the design of the Laban Dance Centre which went on to win the RIBA’s Stirling Prize. He also played a significant role in the interior development of the Tate Modern in London.

With Bates Smart, Kristen has worked with the Victorian Government on their new plans for Federation Square East and has recently designed a new visitor centre for the internationally renowned Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne. Kristen has also been the lead designer for the design of the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He has also led the architectural design for the new Dandenong Emergency and Mental Health facilities opened 2011.

Arts and Health at the New Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

The New Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne is set to become a world's leading, state of the art modern facility and exemplar of evidence based design principles specifically enhanced through the exploration of artistic principles and creative enhancement of child focussed healthcare environments.

This encompassing vision has created world first insights into the planning of positive workplace settings for healthcare professionals as well as creating a truly transformatory family friendly child focussed low stress settings for children in need of care.