Dr John Holm


John has been working with organisations to develop appropriate property strategies since 2004 when he joined DEGW in the UK. John’s interest in this field stemmed from his doctoral research which focused on how organisations used the workplace to manage staff and work flow. He became particularly interested in how many workplace designs encapsulated organisations’ hoped for futures.

In 2007, John has returned to Australia working for Woods Bagot and DEGW until 2010 when he started SocioDesign


  • B.A. (Psychology) – Macquarie University
  • M. Policy & Applied Social Research – Macquarie University
  • Master of Arts (Sociology) – QUT\
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Science Studies) – Lancaster University, UK


Education Space Planner & Stakeholder Engagement

Dr John Holm brings a sociological and psychological perspective to the design process, focusing on how people work and interact with each other within institutional settings. He specialises in stakeholder engagement, particularly within the higher education and health sectors, working on a wide variety of projects focused on teaching and learning, as well as research activities. He is particularly interested in how to support multi-disciplinary teams who work across multiple locations. He has particular experience in creating places and strategies that foster and support effective communities of learning.

John works predominately with organisations who have complex spatial requirements in order to deliver built outcomes that support their operational requirements and cultural aspirations. He draws on principles of Appreciative Inquiry and Complex Systems Thinking to develop strategies that enable the future strategic goals of an organisation, while ensuring their day to day operational requirements are not compromised. He brings a sociological approach to design problems, focusing on how to support communities of practice during time of change, be those changes in organisational structures, operation procedures or in the physical location; and frequently in all three simultaneously.

He specialises in developing architectural briefs, strategies and master plans that align to the future strategic goals of an organisation, while ensuring their day to day operational requirements are not compromised. He has worked with both higher education and vocational education institutions, and has a deep understanding of the spatial demands associated with changing pedagogies, the trend of increasingly multi and trans disciplinary research, and the changed expectations of the next generations of learners.


  • UTS, Large Collaborative Theatre Project
  • University of Melbourne, Review of Faculty of Medicine, Dental
    and Health Sciences Research Facilities
  • ANU, Research School of the Social Sciences, new Building
  • Queensland University of Technology, Superlab
  • University of Sydney X-Lab
  • University of Technology, Sydney Superlab
  • Flinders University CSEM Engineering teaching labs
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Skills & Academic Research Centre
  • Curtin University School of Medicine
  • University of Queensland, Rehabilitation Medicine Building
  • Flinders University, CSEM Building Tonsley
  • UTS Jumbanna Indigenous House of Learning, Brief,
  • New Children’s Hospital, Perth; New Education and Workplace Models
  • New Royal Adelaide Hospital, New Education and Workplace Models
  • University of Sydney, Australian Institute for Nano-Science
  • UTS Business School, Accommodation Schedule & Design Review,
  • Peter Doherty Building, Parkville, Laboratory Briefing
  • University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Redesign

Master Planning, Guidelines & Feasibility Studies

  • Monash Malaysia, Campus Masterplan
  • Dutton Park Smart Community Strategy, DEEDI
  • UTS City Campus Master Plan Review
  • Queensland Smart Communities Guide, DEEDI
  • University of Adelaide Hughes Plaza Master Plan
  • QUT 2020 Master Plan
  • UNSW Engineering Master Plan
  • British Museum Master Plan
  • Sunshine Coast TAFE, Nambour Campus Review
  • NSW Education High School of the Future Feasibility Study