Professor Julie Willis commenced in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne in June 2013. She is also a Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and has previously held positions including Associate Dean (Research) in that faculty. Professor Willis is currently a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.
In her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability) Professor Willis works with other senior members of the university's research community, and with Associate Deans (Research) across all faculties of the University to support and enhance research performance, and to recruit and support outstanding researchers at all levels. Professor Willis has a particular interest in the research needs of the humanities, social sciences and professional research fields. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) she also has responsibilities for the ERA research assessment submission, and for ethics and research integrity matters.
Professor Willis is an authority on the history of Australian architecture 1890-1950 and has undertaken significant projects researching the development of modern hospital architecture in Australia; the importance of public buildings in community, civic and national identity; and architecture during wartime and its subsequent impact on practice and production. She is currently involved in major projects examining the development of innovative school architecture in Australia; and equity and diversity in the Australian architectural profession. Professor Willis is past editor of the refereed journal Fabrications and is now Chair of its editorial board, and a member of the advisory board of Architectural Theory Review.