Dr Beau Beza



Associate Head Of School (Teaching & Learning)


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Archit. & Built Env.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2006
Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, 1998
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, 1992


+61 3 522 78554


Beau recently co-edited, contributed to four chapters and in 2016 (through Routledge) had published Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice. A book seeking to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest in urban built environments as both responsibilities and rights. In 2014 he co-edited and contributed three chapters to The Public City. A book providing a blueprint for the improvement of civic and institutional purpose in the creation of the public city. He is part of a $1.4 million research project funded through the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research. A project investigating knowledge transfer in the conflict area of Mindanao, Philippines.

He has years of professional and academic experience working on a variety of projects in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, The United States, Norway, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In consultancy he uses an asset-based and co-production model to realise places in urban and rural settings. His research revolves around developing an understanding in how people derive meaning from the natural and built environment and in academics he has established partnerships with universities in Mexico City, Mexico and Bogotá, Colombia. His latest international collaboration, in Colombia, resulted in the paper Informal Settlements and Placemaking: The Case of Caracoli barrio in Bogotá which argued that through inventiveness and the richness of community members’ lives in informal settlements their experiences can offer a different path to understanding the concept of placemaking in the developed world. An earlier collaboration, in Mexico City, resulted in the production of a paper presented at the 6th International Urban Design Conference. This urban redevelopment collaboration was used as bases for a joint study tour where students from Universidad La Salle travelled to Australia to partner with local students. They investigated urban redevelopment in Melbourne, in partnership with the City of Melbourne. All participants flew to Mexico City to conduct a similar exercise in the City’s historic centre, partnering with the Federal District of Mexico City and TEAM730 design to develop a vision for an ancient street used by the Aztecs and now part of a 100ha master planning project, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8inJADSJ-w.

Much of Beau’s perception and development planning work is based in (rural) urbanising communities and Global Cities. For example, in Nepal, he has worked with the Junbesi community, since 2003, to realise 15 different infrastructure projects and many of his students have used his model of community engagement to realise three of their own projects. Two groups of his students have been awarded grants to fund the construction of their respective projects. The international organisation, World Expeditions, have also used his model of infrastructure development to construct three waste infrastructure projects for monasteries in Nepal.

An achievements of Beau’s is that in 1999 he helped found Architects Without Frontiers (http://www.architectswithoutfrontiers.com.au/), a not-for-profit design organisation focused on “long-term community development projects, integrating design and appropriate technology into sustainable development practice through partnership with communities, other non-profits, clients and organisations and on community assistance and environmental projects”.

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Registered Landscape Architect, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Units taught

  • Urban Perspectives (SRA742)(PG)
  • Urban Dynamics and Change (SRP782)(PG)
  • Intercultural Dialogue Through Design (SRD767)(PG)
  • Built Environment Research Project (SRR311)(UG)
  • Landscape Design Masterclass (SRD768)(PG)
  • Thesis (Landscape Architecture) (SRR716)(PG)

Knowledge areas

Urban Planning,

Landscape Architecture,

Urban Design,


Placemaking, and

Development Planning

Professional activities

2014 – Present: Committee Member, 9th International Urban Design Conference
2012 – Present: Director, Frueauf Village Falls Creek Alpine Resort
2004 – 2015: Chair, Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.
2007 – 2009: Environmental Design Guide Editorial Committee Member.
2003 – 2007: Editorial Advisory Board Member, Landscape Australia Magazine.
2004: National Jury Chair, 2004 AILA National Project Design Awards, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
2003: Chair, Planning Jury, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Victorian and Tasmanian Design Awards.


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Food-sensitive urban planning: Australian perspectives

D Jones, B Beza

(2018), pp. 393-408, Routledge handbook of landscape and food, Abingdon, Eng., B1


From placemaking to sustainability citizenship: an evolution in the understanding of community realised public spaces in Bogotá's informal settlements

B Beza, J Hernández-Garcia

(2018), Vol. 11, pp. 192-207, Journal of place management and development, Bingley, Eng., C1


Greening Chóngqìng: creating a green city on the Yangzi (Cháng Ji?ng) towards enhancing 'double happiness'

D Jones, Guiwen Liu, Junli Chen, Igor Martek, Linxi Hu, Beau Beza, Joshua Zeunert, Phillip Roos

(2018), pp. 151-166, IFLA 2018 : Biophilic city, smart nation, and future resilience: Proceedings of the 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress 2018, Singapore, E1


Developing an open space standard in a densely populated city: a case study of Chittagong city

Beau Beza, Maharina Jafrin

(2018), Vol. 3, pp. 1-25, Infrastructures, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Lovability: The rise of the qualitative evaluation of place

Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduno Freeman, B Beza, Ursula De Jong, Matt Novacevski

(2018), pp. 1-13, Proceedings of the 2018 11th Liveable Cities Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


The role of WSUD in contributing to sustainable urban settings

B Beza, Joshua Zeunert, Frank Hanson

(2018), pp. 367-380, Approaches to water sensitive urban design: potential, design, ecological health, economics, policies and community perceptions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1


An owner-driven reconstruction in Bihar

M Vahanvati, B Beza

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 306-319, International journal of disaster resilience in the built environment, Bingley, Eng., C1


Women and their roles in peace building in conflict vulnerable areas of Mindanao, Philippines

B Beza, M Johnson, A Fuentes

(2017), pp. 131-145, Community Engagement in Post-Disaster Recovery, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Greening Chongqing enhancing 'double happiness' and mountain-city trails as an eco-city strategy

D Jones, G Liu, J Chen, I Martek, B Beza, J Zeunert, P Roos

(2017), pp. 1-17, EcoCity World Summit 2017, Melbourne, Vic, E1


The role of deliberative planning in translating best practice into good practice: from placeless-ness to placemaking

B Beza

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 244-263, Planning theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Places for sustainability citizenship

B Beza

(2016), pp. 139-149, Sustainability citizenship and cities: theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1


An Indigenous perspective on sustainability citizenship

D Jones, B Beza

(2016), pp. 150-162, Sustainability citizenship and cities: theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Sustainability citizenship in cities

B Beza, R Horne, J Fien, A Nelson

(2016), pp. 1-14, Sustainability citizenship and cities: theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Futures for sustainability citizenship

B Beza, A Nelson, R Horne, J Fien

(2016), pp. 209-215, Sustainability citizenship and cities: theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1


'Iconic development' : is there such a thing?

G Todaro, B Beza, D Jones

(2016), pp. 554-567, UHPH 2016 : Icons : The Making, Meaning and Undoing of Urban Icons and Iconic Cities, Gold Coast, Queensland, E1


Placemaking as good practice

B Beza

(2016), pp. 259-269, Estética de los mundos posibles: inmersión en la vida artificial, las artes y las prácticas urbanas, Bogota, Colombia, B1


Owner-driven reconstruction in India: a case-study of Kosi River floods in Bihar

B Beza, M Vahanvati

(2015), pp. 367-1-367-16, Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School : 5th International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, N.S.W., E1


Improving the health of Australians by applying evidence from behavioural epidemiology to urban design projects

B Beza, J Veitch, F Hanson

(2015), pp. 1-18, Urban Design 2015: Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects : Proceedings of the 8th International Urban Design Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1


The public city : a new urban imagery

B Beza, B Gleeson

(2014), pp. 1-11, The public city: essays in honour of Paul Mees, Melbourne, Vic., B1


Public transport: elements for success in a car-oriented city

J Stone, B Beza

(2014), pp. 90-105, The public city: essays in honour of Paul Mees, Melbourne, Vic., B1


Informal settlements and placemaking : The case of Caracoli barrio in Bogotá

B Beza, J Hernández-Garcia

(2014), pp. 1-14, UD 2014 : Proceedings of the 7th International Urban Design Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, E1


Realizing design projects in the mountains of Australia: a repositioned problem-solving approach

B Beza

(2014), pp. 341-356, Mountains : geology, topography and environmental concerns, B1-1


The aesthetic value of a mountain landscape: a study of the Mt. Everest Trek

B Beza

(2010), Vol. 97, pp. 306-317, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving the methods and impacts of agricultural extension in conflict areas of Mindanao, Philippines Project - transfer in from RMIT

Dr Kenneth Menz, Mr Noel Vock, Prof John Flen, Dr Beau Beza, Ms Mary Johnson

ACIAR Grant - Research - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

  • 2016: $4,545
  • 2015: $9,090


Principal Supervisor

Joshua Zeunert

Thesis entitled: Multidimensional sustainability, landscape and food, and public urban agriculture in landscape architecture

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment

Associate Supervisor

Kenneth Taylor

Thesis entitled: Landscape, Culture and Heritage. Changing Perspectives in an Asian Context

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment


. Ni Made Yudantini

Thesis entitled: Bali Aga Cultural Landscape Challenges: Conserving the Balinese Traditional Landscape for Future Balinese Indigenous Villages (Bali Aga) and Communities

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment