Beginning in August 2018 Gretchen Wilkins is the ninth Head of Architecture/Architect-in-Residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA. Prior to this role she was the Head of Department – Design at RMIT University, overseeing the disciplines of Architecture, Fashion, Digital Media and Design Studies at the Vietnam campus. At RMIT Melbourne Gretchen established and directed the Master of Urban Design program, and coordinated the Urban Architecture Laboratory and the Cities stream in the Centre for Design Practice Research (D-Lab). Her architectural practice has been awarded and exhibited internationally; most recently focusing on high-rise food production and integrated manufacturing in high-density cities, including Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. She is the editor of Distributed Urbanism: Cities after Google Earth (Routledge) and has contributed to Architectural Design (AD), Princeton Architectural Press, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Urban Lab+ at University College London. She has received several international research grants notably from the Australia-China Council, the Japan Foundation, the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Development, the Asia-Cultural Council and the James L. Knight Foundation. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and PhD in Architecture from RMIT University.