Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison will be presented with RMIT University's highest honour, at the University's Graduation Ceremony on the Wednesday 17 December.
An RMIT architecture graduate, Mr Maddison will receive a Doctor of Design Honoris Causa, in recognition of his outstanding career as an architect, television host and ambassador for sustainability.
In 1989, Mr Maddison established his own company, Maddison Architects, which has gone on to win numerous commercial and residential awards.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Gill Palmer said the company had helped to shape Melbourne's skyline and streetscape - with works including The Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership' in North Melbourne, Transport Hotel complex at Federation Square, Eureka Tower Sky Deck at Southgate, and The Cloud Canopy at Federation Square Plaza.
"In 2010, Mr Maddison branched out into television presenting - becoming the host of Grand Designs Australia, an Australian version of the popular long-running British series," she said.
"The Australian series has won a number of awards and is shown internationally - it was the most watched program on the Lifestyle Channel in its first season."
Mr Maddison is a valued member and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
He is Ambassador to programs such as Open House Melbourne, where he connects people to design by explaining architectural concepts in simple terms.
Mr Maddison has contributed to local and state government forums on sustainability, such as Future Proofing Geelong, and has been a part of the Planet Ark 'Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good' campaign.
He is a key supporter of the Kids Under Cover charity.
Professor Palmer said Mr Maddison's career embodied the RMIT story and values.
"This is reflected in his professional focus on urban sustainability, his global presence via Grand Designs Australia, and his attitude to urban design and sustainable design practice," she said.
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