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Dr Gillian Lawson

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture

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Name
Dr Gillian Lawson
Position(s)
Head of Discipline
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture
Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture
Discipline *
Architecture, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning
Phone
+61 7 3138 4359
Email
Location
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Social Media
LinkedIn
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), MSc(Agr) (University of Sydney), GDipLandArch (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology), BSc(Agr)(Hons) (University of New England)

Professional memberships
and associations
Australian Society for Horticultural Science
Keywords

Chinese Landscapes, Ecological Landscape Planning & Design, Environmental Education & Knowledge Choices, Landscape Architecture, Local Community Spaces & Public Well-Being, Social Discourse & Cultural Exchange, Water Sensitive Landscape Design

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research Area: Landscape Planning and Design Dr Lawson has three main research fields:

  • Landscape Planning and Cultural Exchange
  • Community Spaces and Public Well-Being
  • Knowledge Choices and Social Equity

In many cities today, access to clean air, clean water and high quality green space have become important in the lives of local inhabitants. Dr Lawson’s research looks at how green infrastructure along waterfronts can reduce the vulnerabilities of communities to disturbance events in subtropical and tropical environments, focusing on:

  • green space strategies for city master plans,
  • biodiversity and water quality improvement in parkland design and
  • ecological plant selection and use.
Local community spaces are important environments for social change. Dr Lawson’s research investigates how people in community spaces develop a shared understanding in order to act and communicate with each other. In particular, her work is mostly dealing with:
  • public parks in Australia, China and Vietnam,
  • green transport links through cities and
  • intercultural sensitivity in local communities.

In many learning settings (universities, colleges, work and home), people are being asked to make important life choices. Dr Lawson’s research provides new insights into knowledge choices regarded as important in setting future directions for professional practice, particularly with:

  • students transitioning to university
  • students transitioning to the workplace and
  • international students from other cultures, particularly Asia.

Career History

  • 2011 – present: Senior Lecturer, QUT, School of Design, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2008 – 2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tongji University, Department of Landscape Studies, Shanghai, PR China
  • 2002 – 2007: PhD Candidate, part-time at QUT, Brisbane, QLD
  • 1986 – 2001: Served in the Australian Army Reserve, Sydney-Brisbane
  • 1998 – present: Lecturer, QUT, School of Design, Brisbane, QLD
  • 1997: Professional Officer, QLD Department of Primary Industries, Regional Office, Nambour, QLD
  • 1997: Research Assistant, Redland Shire Council, Cleveland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 1996 – 1997: Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Queensland
  • 1995 – 1996: Part-Time Lecturer, QUT, School of Planning, Landscape Architecture & Surveying, Brisbane, QLD
  • 1994: Visiting Research Fellow, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • 1987 – 1994: Horticulture Farm Manager, University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury, Richmond, Sydney, NSW
  • 1987: Quality Control Technician, Horticultural Propagation Enterprises, Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1984 – 1986: Horticulture Research Assistant, The University of Sydney, School of Crop Sciences, Sydney, NSW
  • 1983 – 1984: Field Assistant, Hassell and Associates, Agricultural Consultants, Trangie & Sydney, NSW.
This information has been contributed by Dr Gillian Lawson.

Teaching

Teaching Area: Landscape Architecture Dr Gill Lawson encourages students during their professionally accredited coursework in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) to also consider a project-based study in the Masters of Design (Research). Some may even go on to do a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)in Landscape Architecture. She has taught the following:

In Landscape Design 7 and 8, Dr Lawson’s teaching in the final year of landscape architecture is focused on complex problem-based learning in multi-scalar landscapes. She encourages her 4th year students to:

  • identify a problem or challenge facing a local community,
  • study and apply past and contemporary theoretical concepts to planning and design,
  • consider making landscape changes from various environmental and social perspectives.

In Research Methods, her students are encouraged to:

  • integrate data collection, analysis and interpretation with their design work,
  • identify and use other research studies to inform their work and
  • improve their design outcomes through an evidence-based approach.

In the Work Integrated Learning units, she looks for opportunities in our everyday world for students to apply their knowledge, skills and leadership to culturally-driven planning and design, particularly in landscape architecture. This may be through immersion, practice or research in the culture of a different workplace, community, city or region of the world.

This information has been contributed by Dr Gillian Lawson.

Experience

International Exchanges: Dr Lawson’s academic work promotes international exchange and collaboration, in particular with the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam and India. Click here to view examples of completed PhD projects:

PhD projects currently under supervision include:

Extra-curricular activities have included:

  • Nov-Dec 2015: Mobile Design Studio in Can Tho, Vietnam with staff and students from the Vietnamese National University – HoChiMinh City, Can Tho Association of Architects (KTS Can Tho), HoChiMinh City University of Architecture and Ton Duc Thang University (TDT)
  • Nov 2013: Outbound Postgraduate Student Mobility Visits to BMS Institute of Technology, MSRIT in Bengaluru and Hindustan University in Chennai (incl visits to Kochi and Alleppy in Kerala)
  • Oct 2013: Visiting Scholar at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh (incl visits to Glasgow, Aberdeen, York)
  • Sep 2013: Academic Study (Singapore, Shanghai, Istanbul, Hamburg, London)
  • Jun 2011: Outbound Postgraduate Student Mobility Visits to Tongji University & Fudan University Design Institute in Shanghai, Hubei University in Wuhan, China and NUS, Singapore
  • May 2008 – May 2010: Postdoctoral Research at Tongji University Shanghai including visits to Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces
  • Oct 2009: Academic Study (London, Sheffield, Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Rio De Janeiro)
  • Jun 2009: Student Study Tour to Japan (Osaka, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Tokyo)
  • Mar – May 2008: Academic Study (Singapore, Vietnam, Yunnan, Chongqing, Three Gorges)
  • Nov – Dec 2007: Student Study Tour to China (QUT/RMIT) (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong)
  • Aug 2006: QUT Summer School for Tongji University Students (Brisbane)
  • May – June 2004: Teaching Exchange to Tongji University Shanghai

In these activities, she has invited participants to

  • develop their scholarly interests in sustainable development,
  • undertake design projects in different cultural environments and
  • explore new places from alternative design perspectives.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012: Awarded Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for outstanding commitment to research development
  • 2012: Awarded Creative Industries Executive Dean’s Commendation and School of Design Excellence Award for achievements in higher degree research supervision
  • 2009: Awarded Australian Defence Medal (ADM) for commitment to the nation
  • 2001: Awarded Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM) for 15 years service to the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • 1996: National Trust Historic Building Prize for completing an outstanding project or study involving a historic building or precinct in Queensland
  • 1996: Paddy Behan Memorial Prize for Design in Landscape Architecture for showing the most outstanding achievement in landscape design
  • 1995 -1996: Dean’s List for excellent academic performance in the Graduate Diploma of Landscape Architecture (Distinction)

Professional and Community Service

  • 2015 – present: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Education Committee
  • 2005 – 2007: Brisbane City Council Sustainability Advisory Committee Member
  • 2002 – 2007: Brisbane Seniors Online Mentor
  • 2004 – 2005: Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) Board Member
  • 2004 – 2007: ‘Landscape Australia’ Editorial Advisory Panel Member
  • 2003 – 2004: ‘200 Mile City’ AILA National Conference Organiser
  • 1999 – 2000: ‘Shaping the Sustainable Millennium’ BEE Conference Organiser
  • 1998 – 2003: Brisbane City Council Urban Advisory Committee Member
  • 1999 – 2001: Appointed as RAE Officer (CAPT, 1 TOPO SVY SQN, Brisbane)
  • 1996 – 1997: Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Queensland
  • 1996 – 1998: Appointed as Transport (RACT) Officer (LT, QUR, Brisbane)
  • 1995: Appointed as Transport (RACT) Officer (2LT, HQ 7 BASB, Brisbane)
  • 1994: Overseas deployment to ROTC, New Mexico State University, NM, USA
  • 1993: Appointed as Commissioned Officer (2LT, RACT, OCTU, Sydney)
  • 1986 – 1992: Enlisted in Australian Army Reserve (CPL, 12 Psychology, Sydney)
This information has been contributed by Dr Gillian Lawson.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited Examiner for PhD Thesis in Architecture at Lincoln University, Christchurch, NZ.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited Reviewer for the top ranked international journal Landscape and Urban Planning.
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2012
Details
Invited Examiner for PhD Thesis in Architecture at Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2012
Details
Invited Member of prestigious NGO, The Good Earth 大地, advocating environmental protection and healthy food practices in Shanghai, China.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2012
Details
Invited Reviewer for the A ranked international journal Landscape Research.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2010
Details
Invited Lecture: Landscape Change and Social Change: globally portable knowledge in China, Building 8, Level 11, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 15 Apr 2010
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Invited Lecture: Landscape Planning, Learning and Social Change: work in progress in China, Crookesmoor Building, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, 14 Oct 2009
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Invited Lecture: Ecological Landscape Planning and Design: Australian Practice Examples along Two Rivers, Zhangpu County Offices, Fujian Province, China, 30 Apr 2009.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Invited Lecture: Yangtze River Delta and South East Queensland: a brief planning comparison, QLD Department of Infrastructure and Planning, 63 George St, Brisbane, Australia, 14 Jan 09.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2007
Details
Volunteer Tutor 2002 - 2007. This community-based organisation gained Brisbane City Council sponsorship in 2002 and offers assistance to senior citizens who wish to learn or improve their computer skills at home. It relies on volunteers to act as tutors by visiting seniors and working with them to develop their computer skills.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Design and Architecture Practice Research: Contemporary PhD (DAP_r)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
ID15-4972_prop_rmit
Start year
2016
Keywords
Practice Based Research, Embedded Industry Research, Studio Pedagogy, Design, Architecture, PhD Training, Higher degree, SME, Small to Medium Enterprise

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