A/Prof Gregory Missingham

Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Practice


Greg Missingham has taught at all four Victorian schools of architecture and as Visiting Professor at both national universities in Nanjing, China, and has been a guest design critic at schools in Australia, London, China, Indonesia and Malaysia. Apart from supervising PhD students, he teaches design at both undergraduate and graduate levels and human-environment relations. He was a Principal Design Architect for the Public Works Department of Victoria and a principal in architectural practice for eight years, building residential aged care, educational and housing projects and writing strategic master plans, functional briefs and feasibility studies for higher education and the Justice sector. Published in Australasia, Europe, the United States and Asia, he has given public lectures on design, residential aged care, Chinese gardens and the films of Peter Greenaway in Australia, Europe, China and Indonesia and talks on radio in New Zealand and Australia.

His research focuses on the simultaneous satisfying both of people’s expectations of their environment and designers’ desires to be artists. Design education, consulting, East Asian gardens, public buildings and cinema provide source materials. He has participated in a number of exhibitions and as landscape designer on prize-winning teams in competitions in China.

Over the last five years he has participated in grants to do with Courts Buildings (mediated courts and perceptions of user safety), Creativity, Team Learning in Design, Acoustic environments in Japanese Gardens and cross-disciplinary pedagogy.

He is preparing a book on design approaches in architecture using the private Chinese garden tradition as a site of experimentation.

Selected PhD completions

  • Johns Putra, Yvette, 2018 Tell Him He’s Dreaming: The Polemical Drawing in Postwar Melbourne
  • Liddicoat, Stephanie, 2018 Architecture and the Design of Therapeutic Environments
  • McGregor, James, 2017 Writing in Closer Quarters: Melbourne in the Novel and Literary Criticism, 1940 – 1970
  • Tregloan, Kate, 2016 Design Epiphany and the Opportunities of Wickedness: constructions of insight, perspective and design
  • Easton, Craig, 2014 A Strange Arrangement: Constructing Contemporary reductive Abstract Painting through the Ancient Chinese Garden
  • Smith, Ross T, 2014 Phenomenology and Experiential Learning as an Approach to Teaching Studio in Architecture
  • Rowden, Emma, 2011 Gateways to Justice: Improving video-mediated communications for justice participants
  • Maturana, Beatriz, 2010 Architectural Design Studio and the Real World Out There: An Investigation of Content in Architectural Design Studio at three Faculties of Architecture in Australia from years 1-5 (2003-2007)
  • Abbasi, Neda, 2010 A pathway to a better social and individual life through architecture
  • Brown, Bernard, 2008 SAPE: Some Architectural Publications and Ethics Which requires the Positing of a Meta-ethics of Architecture
  • Selenitsch, Alex 2007 Sets, series and suites: composing the multiple artwork
  • Brott, Simone, 2006 Impersonal effects: Architecture, Deleuze, Subjectivity
  • Holt-Damant, Kathi, 2004 Lines of Influence: Constructs of Infinite Space in Architecture and Cinema (1900 to 1939)

Selected publications

Missingham, Greg, 2017, Thinking Works: Art and Design in the Work of Alex Selenitsch, in: Peter Stupples & Jane Venis, eds, 2017, Art and Design: History, Theory, Practice, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Chpt. 5, pp. 77-94.

Missingham, Greg, 2016, Design Education All Over the Place: On the plethora of dimensions of Design Education and the peculiar place of RPDs and assessment, in: Simon Biggs, ed, 2016, Art and Design Education in the Global *24/7, Proceedings of the 2015 Conference, Adelaide: The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, 14 pp.. [available at: https://acuads.com.au/conference/2015-conference/].

Missingham, Greg, 2015, Wicked Deliberations: research and design studios, in: Crawford, Robert H & AndrĂ© Stephan, eds, 2015, Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, VIC: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, pp. 846-855.

Missingham, Greg, 2012, Conceptual Design Notes, 2012, Urbanism Reading book series, Vols. 2 & 3, Nanjing: Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualization and Communication [University of Cambridge – Nanjing University Research Centre on Architecture and Urbanism]. ISBN: 978-0-9564568-3-0 [2 vols: 188 & 219 pp.]

Missingham, Greg, 2010, Greg Missingham, in: From Theory to Practice: 39 Opinions, in: Williams, Anthony; Michael J Ostwald & Hedda Haugen Askland, 2010, Creativity, Design and Education: Theories, Positions and Challenges, Sydney: Australian Learning & Teaching Council, pp. 103-106.

Missingham, Greg; 2007, Japan 10±, China 1: A first attempt at explaining the numerical discrepancy between Japanese-style gardens outside Japan and Chinese-style gardens outside China, Landscape Research (UK) 32 (2), April, 117-146.

Missingham, Greg; 2005, Chance Moves in The Gridded Garden: Experimental Investigations in Chinese Scholar Garden Design, in: John Redmond, David Durling & Arthur de Bono, eds, 2005, FutureGround, Volume 2: Proceedings, Caulfield East Vic: Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University. [pdf on CD-RoM, Paper 161, 15 pp].

Missingham, Greg, 2005, Complex and Subtle Systems in Architectural Design Teaching: The Case of the Chinese Scholar Garden, in: Yew-Thong Leong & George E Lasker, eds, 2005, Architecture, Engineering and Construction of Built Environments: Proceedings of the Special Focus Symposium on Systems Research in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) of Built Environments, Windsor, Ontario: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, pp. 39-43.

[Awarded ‘Award of Merit’ 2006 by The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.]



Research directions

Cultural and Sustainable Landscapes Design and Creative Research

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