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Dr Fiona Gray



Adjunct Associate Professor


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


Centre Regional & Rural Future


Off-Campus (Home)


Bachelor of Arts (Architecture), Deakin University, 1992
Bachelor of Architecture, Deakin University, 1994

+61 3 522 78747


Fiona Gray is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a practicing Architect with over 20 years of industry experience. Her architectural practice, Soul Dwellings, is dedicated to environmental, economic and social sustainability in the built environment. Fiona is also actively involved in a variety of local community initiatives as a Community Coordinator for the Golden Plains Shire.

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Research interests

Sustainable urban development, Urban regeneration, Community engagement, Cultural heritage, History and theory of modern architecture.


Architects Registration Board of Victoria

National Association of Women in Construction

Units taught

SRA 143 Art and Society
SRD 163, Architecture Design 1A
SRD 164, Architecture Design1B
SRA 215 Utopian Ideals in the Modern World
SRD 364, Architecture Design 3B
Guest Lecturer - SRR 782 Research Methodology


Deakin University Publications Scholarship (2014)

Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) David Saunders Founders Grant (2013)

Deakin University Faculty of Science and Technology Award for Best Higher Degree by Research Published Paper (2011).

Geelong Advertiser Best Sustainable School Award for design of a new classroom, kitchen and office facility at Freshwater Creek Steiner School (2011).

Neil Archbold Travel Award for Best Published Academic Journal Article in the field of Arts and Humanities (2010)

Deakin University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition People’s Choice Award (2010)


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The lure of the local: community activism and place in Australia

A/Prof Ursula De Jong, Dr Robert Fuller, Dr Fiona Gray, Prof David Jones

(2015), pp. 81-98, Identity, culture and the politics of community development, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1


Perceptions of change in office space design: redesigning Barwon Water’s office environment

Miss Jessica Chapman, Prof David Jones, Dr Fiona Gray

(2015), pp. 203-214, Living and learning : research for a better built environment : 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association : proceedings, Melbourne, Vic., E1


The misanthropes, larrikins and mallrats of market square: an enduring public space dilemma in central Geelong

Dr Fiona Gray

(2015), pp. 218-230, SAHANZ 2015 : architecture institutes and change. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand., Sydney, N.S.W., E1


Unlawful acts, unkind architecture and unhelpful perceptions: a case study of Market Square Mall, Geelong

Dr Fiona Gray, Mr Matt Novacevski

(2015), pp. 4-18, Proceedings of the Safe Cities Conference 2015, Nerang, Qld., E1


The zombies of sleepy hollow: reimagining Geelong

Dr Fiona Gray, Mr Matt Novacevski

(2015), pp. 1-8, SOAC 2015: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference, Gold Coast, Qld., E1


A tale of two Victorian historic coastal towns : dilemmas of planning and conservation in Queenscliff and Sorrento

A/Prof Ursula De Jong, Dr Robert Fuller, Dr Fiona Gray

(2014), pp. 115-134, UHPH 2014 : Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History : Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


The sense and non-sense of Rudolf Steiner's architecture

Dr Fiona Gray

(2013), pp. 98-105, Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology, Geelong, Vic., E1


From fibro shacks to McMansions: considering the impact of housing change on the sense of place in the historic Victorian coastal towns of Sorrento and Queenscliff

A/Prof Ursula De Jong, Dr Robert Fuller, Dr Fiona Gray

(2013), pp. 1-18, AHRC 2013 : 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference : Housing the needs of diverse populations, Fremantle, W.A., E1


Between theory and practice : Rudolf Steiner as philosopher and architect

Dr Fiona Gray

(2011), pp. 52-60, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Geelong, Vic., E1


A modern audience for the ancient mysteries of the occult : the evolution of Rudolf Steiner's esoteric architecture

Dr Fiona Gray

(2011), pp. 1-14, SAHANZ 2011 : Proceedings of the XXVIIIth SAHANZ Annual Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1


Rudolf Steiner : occult crank or architectural mastermind?

Dr Fiona Gray

(2010), Vol. 15, pp. 43-60, Architectural theory review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1



Other Public Sector Funding

Grant proposal development for Community, Culture and Connection Project

Dr Fiona Gray

  • 2016: $4,000

Best practice case study analysis of ecologically sensitive brownfield redevelopments

Dr Fiona Gray, Dr David Halliwell

  • 2016: $26,262

Community, Culture and Connection Project

Dr Fiona Gray

  • 2017: $13,500

Industry and Other Funding

What can Geelong learn from international second-tier cities

Dr Fiona Gray, Dr David Halliwell

  • 2016: $16,200

Hubcaps 2 Creative Hubs

Dr Fiona Gray

  • 2016: $39,570


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