Nihombashi Garden Tokyo by Landscape Plus. Image by Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office
Nihombashi Garden Tokyo by Landscape Plus. Image by Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office
Past Event

Landscape Architects as Change Makers


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 20 May 11:00am - 1:00pm
Sun 21 May 11:00am - 1:00pm
Sun 21 May 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Panel Discussions at RMIT Storey Hall
Mon 22 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 4:00pm


Free, no booking required


Dulux Gallery
Dulux Gallery, Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Design Building, Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Low sensory / relaxed Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Presented in partnership with RMIT University, the Australia-Japan Foundation and the Japan Landscape Architects Union, this bilingual exhibition investigates the tactics and strategies used by Japanese and Australian landscape architects to implement innovative design outcomes that respond to the cultural and ecological specificity of their regions.

Showcasing eight projects by award-winning designers, Landscape Architects as Change Makers presents a deeper understanding of how landscape architects operate within their own conditions to achieve outcomes that positively contribute to environmental, economic, and cultural futures. Working with audio-visual media, the exhibition mixes designer interviews, site footage, drawings and still images to offer an engaging and immersive understanding of design thinking. Conversations with a further twelve Australian and Japanese landscape architects explore critical issues facing practice including questions of professional and cultural identity, the design possibilities of working outside the city and the role of global connections. Featured designs include work by Jane Irwin (Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture), Anton James (JMD design), Kirsten Bauer (ASPECT Studio), Nick Griffin (McGregor Coxall), Toru Mitani (studio-on-site), Tatsuya Hiraga, (Landscape plus) Hiroki Hasegawa (studio-on-site) and Michio Tase (Plantago).

Funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation this exhibition draws on the Japanese design experience to rethink the way that Australian landscape architecture is understood and presented. This extends into the panel discussions and floor talks which will bring together the Australian designers and three Japanese designers.



Jillian Walliss

Jillian Walliss is an Associate Professor in landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne. Her research explores the relationship between theory, culture, and contemporary design practice. She has published widely, including The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture (2020) and Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: Re-conceptualising Design and Making (2016).

Dr Heike Rahmann

Dr Heike Rahmann is a Senior Lecturer in landscape architecture at RMIT University. Her research combines design practices and contemporary urbanism with a special focus on theory, technology and urban ecology. Through her practice in Europe, Asia, and Australia, she has established strong partnerships with industry, community and government bodies, especially in Japan and Korea. She has published three co-authored books including Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence (Jovis, 2014) with Marieluise Jonas and The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture (Jovis, 2020) with Jillian Walliss.

Saran Kim

Saran Kim is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. She works at Architectus and continues to be involved with the university as a professional staff member. Her practice crosses the fields of design, technology and media. Originally from Japan, and with a strong interest in landscape architecture, Saran’s involvement in the project has encompassed interviewing and translating Japanese landscape architects, exhibition curation, graphic design, web design and multimedia production.

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