Noam Maitless

Associate Professor in the Practice of Urban Systems

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Architecture, urbanism, mixed-use precincts, place-making, environmental resilience, sustainable cities.


An award-winning architect and urbanist, Noam has delivered landmark projects around the world, with a concentration on mixed-use precincts, cultural and civic design, sports and entertainment districts, and aerotropolis master planning. His work is focused on integrating visionary place-making strategies, economic logic, and environmental resilience to create lasting and sustainable change for our institutions, cities, and regions.

By engaging the complex drivers that shape modern experience with theoretic rigor and professional expertise, Noam has led the creation of culturally significant work, including the historic redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada; the pioneering aerotropolis regional plan for Ekurhuleni, South Africa; and an innovative 50-year master plan for the Australian War Memorial in the Australian capital, Canberra.

As a design leader, Noam has directed numerous international teams, from business development through execution, capturing millions of dollars in fees representing billions more in investment and construction.


Noam has taught architecture and design and served on design juries at Harvard, SCI-Arc, the California College of the Arts, and Woodbury University. He is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Urban Systems within the newly-formed Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, at ANU. Noam speaks regularly to groups and conferences about urban issues and serves on several advisory and regulatory bodies within the urban development and building industry. Noam is the Design Director for Architecture and Urban Design at GHDWoodhead.

A graduate of the Harvard GSD, Noam writes about architecture and infrastructure for industry publications, and has written extensively about architecture and design for Esquire magazine.

Activities & Awards

Noam Maitless is a Registered Architect in California and the Australian Capital Territory; Member, RAIA, AIA; NCARB Credential; USGBC LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

Noam serves the community as a volunteer on the Property Council or Australia Sustainable Development Committee, the ACT Government National Capital Design Review Panel Member, and the Consult Australia Infrastructure and Urban Design Roundtable.

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