Each year, Deakin’s Alumni Community Awards recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given outstanding service to the University.

It is with great pleasure that we announce School of Architecture and Built Environment graduate, Dean Landy, has won the prestigious “Young Alumni of the Year Award”. Dean Landy graduated from our School with Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) in 1998 and  Bachelor of Architecture in 2001.

Since graduating from Deakin in 2001, Dean has gone on to carve out a unique ‘purpose driven’ career in architecture and urban design, as an author, and as a social entrepreneur.

As a partner at Melbourne-based firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke, Dean is responsible for the planning and design of many new towns around Australia, giving him a unique opportunity to help shape the places and environments in which future generations will live, work, learn and connect. His architectural repertoire spans large scale retail and commercial projects, multi-residential and mixed-use developments, and community infrastructure projects.

Dean’s passion and drive to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating stronger communities led him to write and publish his first book in 2016: Creating Vibrant Communities – a fresh approach to delivering healthy, sustainable and liveable communities. The book provides a valuable resource for developers, councils, government and community members alike to help create more people-focused outcomes in the communities they call home.

As a social entrepreneur, Dean is driven to make a difference in the communities of developing nations, and in particular in the lives of disadvantaged children.

In 2007 Dean founded One Heart Foundation – a ‘for-purpose’ organisation that is working to break the poverty cycle in Africa, and change the future of orphaned and abandoned children.

One Heart Foundation is currently the legal guardian of 75 vulnerable children and is developing child focused eco-villages, building and operating children’s homes, schools, skills training centres and farms. The organisation is dedicated to using education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly love, to transform the lives of individuals and whole communities.

Mr Dean Landy
Young Alumni of the Year Award
Architect and Director ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects,
Architect Partner Founder, One Heart Foundation
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture), 1998 (Geelong Waterfront Campus) Bachelor of Architecture, 2001 (Geelong Waterfront Campus)