Jock Marshall Reserve (JMR) is a valuable research and education facility, established in 1961 by the Foundation Chair of Zoology and Comparative Physiology at Monash University, Professor Jock Marshall. Professor Marshall was an early environmental campaigner, who advocated for the characteristic native plantings at the university which have now become synonymous with the identity of the campus. JMR is home to the only remnant indigenous vegetation on the campus and boasts a rich ecology.

The AILA award-winning Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk is an elevated boardwalk that spans the southern boundary of the Jock Marshall Reserve. It provides pedestrian connection between the heart of Monash University (Clayton Campus) and properties along Blackburn Road and, importantly, offers the general public the opportunity to enjoy the reserve which is otherwise a restricted access area used predominantly by the School of Biological Sciences.

Designed and documented by Urban Initiatives, with oversight from Monash Buildings and Property and Monash Design Review Panel, it is a commended lightweight and elegant structure which makes a strong focal point on Blackburn Road, defining a new pedestrian campus entry. It ensures the educational and environmental qualities of JMR are preserved while enabling canopy-level access and appreciation by students, staff and the general public.

  • Location

    Clayton Campus, Clayton, Victoria

  • Role

    Lead Consultant

  • Client

    Monash University

  • Construction Budget


  • Awards

    AILA Vic Infrastructural Award 2017 and AILA National Infrastructure Award 2017

  • Traditional Owners

    Bunurong People

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