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Steve Calhoun Gift to University of Melbourne_____

Steve Calhoun Gift to University of Melbourne

​Steve Calhoun, Founding Director of Tract Consultants has recently made a generous donation to The University of Melbourne to establish the Steve Calhoun Scholarship. The travel scholarship will be awarded annually (in perpetuity) to a Masters student of Landscape Architecture within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Tract Consultants - Steve Calhoun - Current Profile
​Steve Calhoun
Founding Director

A Professorial Fellow of The University of Melbourne, Steve has gifted the sum to the university to support their campaign’s three priority areas of ‘educating tomorrow’s leaders, solving the world’s grand challenges, and enriching our communities’.

Over a forty year career, in which he is still actively engaged, travel and exposure to world’s best practice urban and landscape design has influenced Steve’s work. The scholarship will provide the opportunity for the future generations of Landscape Architects to do the same.

Steve Calhoun together with business partners (Dr) Rodney Wulff and Howard McCorkell established Tract in the 1970s. Tract has become a leading contemporary design practice uniting landscape architecture, urban design and town planning, and more recently associated media.
Calhoun & Wulff, who had both undertaken their tertiary studies in the United States, really brought large-scale landscape planning to Australia. The profession was nascent in Melbourne, and Tract’s history and Calhoun’s career have mirrored the development of landscape architecture as a profession in Australia. Rodney & Steve founded and taught the first university landscape course offered in Australia. Some of their first students, several of whom still work at Tract, are some of the brightest names in the field today. Tract Consultants - Steve Calhoun - Landscape Architecture Magazine Issue 1
“Steve Calhoun’s profiled from the first issue of Landscape Australia Magazine, 1979

Among Steve Calhoun’s opus, are some outstanding contributions to the field of Landscape Architecture. These include foreshore redevelopments such as St Kilda Foreshore (1979), Newcastle Foreshore (1981), Southbank (1983) and Cairns Foreshore (2003), all of which had a profound impact on their social & economic environments.

There have been campus projects such as Deakin University (1990) and QUT Gardens Point (1998) where a visual identity was really cemented for the institutions through the landscape, as well as a body of private work such as Tarrawarra Museum of Modern Art and numerous garden projects.

The landscape architecture practiced by Steve Calhoun and Tract works across all scales and typologies, from the strategic master-planning of new towns, to the detailing of a private courtyard garden.

Facilitating the Travel Scholarship through The University of Melbourne, is an expression of Calhoun’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of the profession, and his strident conviction and enthusiasm for the importance of good design as a ‘game changer’.
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