Professor Ray Green
Professor in Landscape Architecture and Heritage
Professor Ray Green began his career in the visual fine arts before switching to landscape architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (Cum Laude), a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Doctor of Philosophy. His doctoral research focused on blending landscape planning and design practice with methods of enquiry adopted from environmental psychology. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 1999 he was with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). From 2001 to 2006 he headed up the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning's Landscape Architecture programs, where he currently teaches design studio and theory. Ray also regularly leads master level, multidisciplinary traveling design studios, including past studios to Chile (2009, 2011, 2018), Spain (2013) and Thailand (2000). In addition to teaching in the Faculty’s course work programs, Ray has supervised PhD students undertaking research into a wide range of topic areas, from public perceptions of various landscape setting types (e.g. wetlands, botanical gardens, post natural disaster environments, urban parks), to children’s conceptions of natural environments in urban settings, responses to climate change, eco-tourism and other topics, all with the aim of informing ecologically and socially sustainable environmental design and planning decision-making.
Ray is the author of Coastal Towns in Transition: Local Perceptions of Landscape Change (Springer: 2010) and co-author of Planning Housing and Infrastructure for Smart Villages (Routledge: 2019); Towards Low Carbon Cities in China: Urban Form and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Routledge: 2015); The Green City: Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs (University of New South Wales Press and Routledge: 2005) and Design for Change (Melbourne, 1985). His work has also been presented at numerous international conferences and published in various landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning and environmental psychology journals.
Some noteworthy journal articles include:
- Strategies used by developers in seeking EnviroDevelopment certification for “sustainable” master planned residential developments in Victoria, Australia. Co-authored with Tewari, P., Rao, J. and Hersburgh, R. (International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 11, pp. 557-572, 2018)
- Simulation of a biomimetic façade using TRNSYS, Co-authored with Webb, M. and Aye, L. (Applied Energy, Vol. 213, pp. 670-694, 2018)
- Public perceptions of Australian freshwater wetlands. Co-authored with Dobbie, M. (Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 110, pp. 143-154, 2013)
- Discovery and recovery in the aftermath of a natural disaster, Co-authored with Heitmann, J. (Architectural Review Australia, Vol. 115, pp. 64-69, 2010)
- Loss of Cherished Places: Place Character and Climate Change along Australia's Great Ocean Road (Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, Vol. 20, pp. 50-53, 2008)
- Exploring landscape changes using an envisioning system in rural community workshops, Co-authored with Bishop, I and Stock, C. (Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 79, pp. 229-239, 2007).
- Community perceptions of environmental and social change and tourism development on the Island of Koh Samui, Thailand (Journal of Environmental Psychology, Vol. 25, pp. 37-56 2005)
- Meaning and form in community perception of town character (Journal of Environmental Psychology, Vol. 19, pp. 311-329, 1999).
Ray has been a Chief Investigator on several large research grants, including two Australian Research Council Discovery grants: ‘Configuring low carbon cities in China’ (2010-2014) and ‘Involving local communities in defining town character in Victorian coastal towns” (2003-2005) as well as a Land and Water Australia (LWRRDC) project entitled ‘Community exploration of changing landscape values’ (2001-2003). He is currently one of three chief investigators working on a $1.9 million project funded by the Indian State Government of Assam entitled “Cross-cultural analysis and capacity building focusing on housing and infrastructure sectors in Assam, India and Australia” (2017-2020).
While Ray’s academic research is multidisciplinary in nature, his primary focus has been on exploring environment-behaviour issues related to sustainable land development and conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the health benefits associated with human contact with nature in urban settings. The design for the new Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital was based on a biophilic design framework he developed for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. These interests are also reflected in his membership in various groups concerned with sustainable land planning and design. From 2004 to 2009 he was a member of the Australian Research Council’s Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science (ARCRNSISS) and since 2008 he has been a member of the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI). In 2011-2012 he served as an executive member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) and since 2015 he has been a member of the Australian and German Climate and Energy College. From 2014 to 2019 he was a board member for the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment program, which provides independent verification of the sustainability credentials of major Australian development projects.
Prior to focusing on research, Ray spent over a decade in landscape architectural and planning practice and is credited with numerous projects in the United States, Mexico, various South East Asian countries and Australia. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of his accomplishments in the field; an honour bestowed on him, in the words of the ASLA Council of Fellows Executive Committee, for his:
“...substantial landscape architecture research, teaching, and practice. His most noteworthy achievements have come from his generation of fresh insights and how he shares those widely though international publications, speaking engagements, and work across a range of professional communities. His research has revealed, for instance, how various communities react to rapid environmental transformation from tourism and population shifts, which is especially critical with fragile coastlines, wetlands, and mountains. He also studies the benefits of ecotourism as it increases contact with nature of an increasingly urban population.”
Further insights into Professor Green’s research can be found at:
- The Character of Home (Visions Podcast)
- Empowering Communities to Preserve Character of Place (Close-up interview)
- Coastal Towns in Transition: Local Perceptions of Landscape Change (Springer edition)
- ASLA 2012 Fellow Investiture Citation: