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Margaret Grose

Senior Lecturer In Landscape Architecture
ecology & design education
experimentation in design
river systems
colour in plants
built environment
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Margaret Grose

Architecture, Building And Planning
Primary Interest
Environmental Literacy For Design Education
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Margaret Grose


Margaret Grose is an agricultural scientist, ecologist, and landscape architect and works between design and ecological science. She teaches ecological design and ecological theory for design in the Masters of Landscape Architecture and Natural History and design studio in the Bachelor of Design.

Margaret won the Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in the Masters in 2011 for the subject Constructed Ecologies. She is particularly interested in how ecology is taught to built environment students, and was awarded a Universitas 21 Fellowship to examine this question internationally. Margaret's book: Constructed Ecologies: Critical Reflections on Ecology with Design, was published by Routledge in 2017. In 2016 Margaret was Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Urbanism and attended the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 2018 she was a Sargent Visiting Scholar at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. She is currently working on a second book on design and ecology— Science into Design: Searching for Method in Landscape Architecture.
Margaret has published across science and design. She began her passion for landscape in Agricultural Science, focussing on processes in soils and water, and her PhD concerned the ecophysiology of Australian plants in relation to water stress and disease. Postdoctoral work was at Oxford University, followed by theoretical ecology in the Mathematical Biology group at the University of Cambridge. She returned to Australia and majored in Independent Design in Landscape Architecture in 2001, followed by project work as an environmental scientist/landscape architect in an environmental firm, focusing on water, and later in suburban design. Her understanding of the ecology of the Australian flora and agricultural systems, particularly in relation to water, remain a key driver.
Current PhD supervision topics: Ecology and landscape architecture (with Assoc Prof Nick Williams, Science); Old trees in China (with Assoc Prof Peter Vesk, Science). Potential PhD subjects include: Public open space; The night-time impacts of artificial light at night from digital billboards or streetlights; Ecological design and performance; Play spaces in child-care centres in Australia (with Child Health); Indigenous gardens; Large-scale ecological networks; Old trees.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars

Harvard University Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars


Universitas 21 Fellowship 2014

University of Melbourne





Senior Lecturer In Landscape Architecture

Architecture, Building And Planning


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The University of Western Australia

Doctor of Philosophy, within Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) with Honours (First Class)

The University of Western Australia