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’s research focuses on the relationship between theory, technology, culture and contemporary design practice. She has published extensively in international journals and edited books including Space and Culture, LA +, Environment & History, Museum & Society, Landscape Review, Architecture Theory Review, and the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA). She has led major collaborative research projects involving international institutions and prominent design and engineering practices. The research project Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: reconceptualising design and making involved eleven international design practices and academics from the GSD (Harvard), the University of Toronto, ETH Zurich, the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. The subsequent book, co-authored with Dr Heike Rahmann has been critically acclaimed by practice and academia. The book was nominated in the top 10 book of Landscape Architecture for 2016 (internationally), received favourable reviews in Australian, American and European landscape architecture journals and design blogs and was recognised by an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Vic Award for Research Excellence. Jillian contributes widely to the intellectual development of the landscape architecture profession in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. In 2017 she was invited (in collaboration with Dr Rahmann and Ricky Ray Ricardo) to guest edit a themed edition of Landscape Architecture Australia titled ‘Embracing the Asian Century.’ Working with the lens of education, practice and discourse, the edition brought together a range of academic and practice voices, generations and locations including Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia and Australia. This work is now being developed into an edited book which documents the emerging body of contemporary Asian landscape architecture. In 2019 Jillian was appointed co-creative director of the International Festival of Land   


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