Professor Virginia (Gini) Ann Lee is a landscape architect and interior designer and commenced as the Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture in July 2011. Prior to this she was the Professor of Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology (2008-2011) and Head of School at the University of South Australia (1999-2004), moving to academia after many years in Landscape Architecture and Interior Design practice and consultancy based from her Melbourne studio.
Her academic focus in research and teaching is into cultural and critical landscape architecture and spatial interior design, particularly in landscape design studio and theory that engages with the curation and postproduction of complex landscapes. Her PhD The Intention to Notice: the collection, the tour and ordinary landscapes (2006), investigated ways in which designed landscapes are incorporated into the cultural understandings of individuals and communities. Focusing on the arid environments of Australia, her multidisciplinary research into the water landscapes of remote territories contributes to the scientific, cultural and indigenous understanding and management strategies for fragile landscapes. Her recent landscape curation practice is an experiment with Deep Mapping methods to investigate the landscapes of remote and rural Australia. Deep Mapping for the Stony Rises is a contributor to the Stony Rises project for the volcanic country of south-western Victoria, the salt lakes of the arid lands, garden design for waterless places and exposing transect methodologies through collaborative exhibition, focused on the Canary Islands.
She is a registered landscape architect, past Executive Editor of the IDEA Journal (2009-2011), a past member of the Queensland Heritage Council (2010-2011) and the past Chair of art + place for Arts Queensland prior to leaving the State for Victoria. She is an appointee to the New Zealand PBRF as international expert for design (2003, 2006, 2011-2012) and to the City of Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee (2012-) and Chairs the University’s Landscape and Open Space Committee. Her most recent appointment is to the Victorian Design Review Panel as an expert in landscape architecture and contemporary practice.