DR Jillian Walliss

DR Jillian Walliss


  • Constructions of Nature and Nationalism (post-colonialism)
  • Contemporary Concepts of Civic Space (urban design, landscape architecture)
  • Design Pedagogy (Design Studio, digital technologies)
  • Design Theory (Landscape Architecture and Urban Design)
  • Digital technologies and landscape architecture (pedagogy, practice)
  • Museology with a focus on the display of the natural world (Museum, exhibition)



  • Jillian Walliss researches the relationship between theory, culture and contemporary design practice. Her current focus is on two areas: digital technologies and their application in landscape architecture and evolving notions of civic in the twenty-first century. Her interest in technologies was provoked by the challenge of embedding digital technology within design studio. Outcomes from this studio experience and accompanying research has been published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, International Journal of Art & Design Education, presented at international conferences including the Digital Landscape Architecture Conference and CUMULUS: International Conference for Design Education Researchers and featured as a case study for the Studio Teaching Forum 2009: Enriching creative arts learning project.

    More recently, in collaboration with Dr Heike Rahmann, this interest has expanded into an inquiry into the digital design practice of landscape architecture practice.In 2016 their book Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies : re-conceptualising design and making was published by Routledge.
    Drawing on interviews and projects from a range of international designers, including Snøhetta, Arup, Gustafson Porter, ASPECT Studios, Grant Associates, Catherine Mosbach, Philippe Rahm, PARKKIM, LAAC and PEG office of landscape + architecture among others, this book explores the influence of parametric modelling, scripting, real-time data, simulation, prototyping, fabrication and Building Information Modelling on the design and construction of contemporary landscapes. This engagement with practice is expanded through critical reflection from academics involved in landscape architecture programs around the world that are reshaping their research and pedagogy to reflect an expanded digital realm. 

    Her most recent work explores the potential of digital technologies to produce a new generation



Member of

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Registered Member 2016 - 2018


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 2009
  • MDes, University of Tasmania 1996
  • BLandArch, University of New South Wales 1988

Awards and honors

  • AILA Vic Award: Research, Policy and Communication, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture, 2018
  • Edward Brown Award for Teaching, University of Melbourne Awards for Excellence 2011, 2011
  • Universitas 21 Fellowship, 2010
  • Faculty Teaching Excellent Award, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, 2008
  • National Merit Award Special Intiatives: Aboriginal Housing Programme, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture, 1994
  • National Merit Award Planning Studies: Millers Point Landscape Strategy, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture, 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Current PhD students

    Fiona Johnson, co-supervised with Hannah Lewi
    A Comparative Study of Civic Space Design in the Contemporary Settler Societies of Australia and New Zealand

    Sareh Moosavi, co-supervised with Margaret Grose
    Designing Rivers in Flux: Integrating Ecology and Culture in River Rehabilitation Projects

    Brent Greene, co-supervised with Heike Rahmann
    Glitterosophy: The Celebratory Integration of the Anti-aesthetic in Australian Urban Renewal

    Wendy Walls, co-supervised with Marcus White
    Designing with Data: Developing a Landscape Architecture Design Practice in the Information Age

    Dongsei Kim, co-supervised with Anoma Pieris
    Visceral Borders: The everyday life of North Korean-Chinese border 

    Ziming Xie, co-supervised with Sidh Sintusingha
    Establishing the 'right to the city' in public domain of 'gongrenxinxun': Social cultural practices of the 'proletarian class' in Shanghai 1949-2015.

    Jela Ivankovic-Waters, co-supervised with Ajubade Ayodeji Aibinu
    Transitional Strategies for Landscape Architecture Practice in the BIM Domain

    Potential research subjects include: 

    Digital design practice and landscape architecture
    Design pedagogy in landscape architecture and urban design
    Contemporary notions of civic space
    Global design practice (landscape architecture and urban design)
    Post colonial design in Australia and New Zealand
    Museology with a focus on the display of the natural world