Dr Gillian Lawson

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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


Architecture, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning

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


  • 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


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.



QUT ePrints

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