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A/Prof Gregory Missingham

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

  • 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, 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.]


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