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


Dr. Beza’s scholarship and teaching aim is to understand the social production of space and its spatial realisation. This aim is achieved through meaningful knowledge exchanges with communities, academics and students in, for example, Colombia, Nepal, Mexico and Australia where the co-production of projects are key to producing outcomes. His latest outcomes demonstrating achievement of this aim:

-Urban Space: Experiences and Considerations from the Global South. An edited volume analysing and discussing the “appropriate, negotiation and reconfiguration of Urban Space in cities”.

-Development and realisation of a Sensory Urbanism (SU) design research studio investigating the multi-sensory/temporal aspects of (urban) place. This studio led to the development of a SU prototype, involving Industrial Design and Architecture students from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) and Deakin University’s Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urban Planning PG students. The reporting of this SU prototype was published in 2019 and presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. Currently, he is continuing this work with colleagues at the University of Sydney and Deakin University’s Mediated Intelligence in Design (MInD) Lab.

-Development & realisation of an intercultural design studio (Finding Common Ground) focused on urban redevelopment in Melbourne, Australia and Mexico City, Mexico as well as a conference paper and presentation at the International Urban Design Conference held in Sydney, Australia.

-Planning & realisation of a rural (urban) development and rebuilding studio. Since 2010 this studio continues to examine community self-help/self-organisation practices, in a rural urbanising community in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal. Outcomes related to this work include  a journal article published in Planning Theory and Practice (see, 17(2)) and a chapter titled Placemaking in a world where spirituality and community development meet – the Junbesi Valley, Nepal (see above book).

The above support a research framework that uses concepts established by Heidegger (1962, 2008; 1971, 1975) (i.e. being and dwell) and Lefebvre (1996) (i.e. an oeuvre and autogestion) to establish a philosophical foundation to Dr. Beza’s work. That is, ‘being’ and dwell are used to structure arguments of the existence of urban space. This is extremely important when, for example, examining space created in informal settlements as these settings (in Colombia, Mexico) are largely considered not to exist in a formal planning/regulatory sense and are ‘overlooked’ by city officials. Lefebrvre’s concept then allows for the “[ ] exceptional social capital and self-organisation practices [ ]” that display “[ ] distinctive socio-spatial qualities and dynamics that result from” the social production of space to be articulated. Yet, as the design profession is an experience based field Dr. Beza also employs Dewey’s (1934) philosophical deliberations to explain “[ ] aesthetic transactions in human living”. Which, in essence, allows him to use Dewey’s work to provide a bridge to relate the above philosophies to that of the human experience of urban space; which can also be used to link relatively contemporary arguments of place established by Tuan (1971; 1977), Relph (1976), Whyte (1980), and Hayden (1996).

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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)
  • Built Enviironment Study Tour (SRR367/UG & SRR767/UG)

Knowledge areas

Urban Planning,

Landscape Architecture,

Urban Design,


Placemaking, and

Development Planning

Professional activities

Links to industry       
2017 – Present: Member, National Accreditation Review Team (NART), Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture.
2018 - Present: Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture, VIC. Education Committee Member.
2013 – 2018: 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.

Professional Appointments         
2002 - 2004: Founding Director, Architects Without Frontiers, Melbourne, Australia.
1996 - 2000: Landscape Architect/Planner, EDAW (now AECOM), Melbourne, Australia. 
1994 - 1995: Project Manager, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture Department, The Spink Corporation, Sacramento, California, USA.
1990 - 1994: Landscape Designer, The HLA Group, Sacramento, California, USA.

Professional Associations         
Registered Landscape Architect, Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture.
(American Society of Landscape Architects Eligible).
(Planning Institute of Australia Eligible).
Australian Karate Federation, Member (3rd Dan – Sensei of Karate - i.e. 3rd Degree Black Belt).


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Sensory urbanism and placemaking exploring virtual reality and the creation of place

A Globa, R Wang, B Beza

(2019), Vol. 2, pp. 737-746, CAADRIA 2019: Intelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


Greater Geelong's planning future to 2050: determining spatial outcomes through agricultural land planning

B Beza, J Zeunert, M Herron

(2019), pp. 228-237, Geelong?s changing landscape: ecology, development and conservation, Clayton, Vic., B1


Rethinking the Nature and Elements of Traditional Village under the Current Understanding of Heritage Authenticity

Xiaofeng Shi, Beau Beza, David Jones, Dongxu Cui

(2019), pp. 1-8, ICOMOS - CIAV & ISCEAH 2019 : Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting & International Conference on Vernacular & Earthen Architecture towards Local Development, 6-8 September 2019, Pingyao, China, Pingyao, China, E1


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 Bogot's informal settlements

B Beza, J Hernndez-Garcia

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


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


Place? Lugar? Sitio? Framing place and placemaking through Latin American contexts

Beau Beza, Cristina Garduno Freeman, Diego Fullaondo, Glenda Meja

(2018), pp. 19-42, Urban space: experiences and reflections from the global south, Santiago de Cali, Colombia, B1


Placemaking in a world where spirituality and community development meet - the Junbesi Valley, Nepal

Beau Beza

(2018), pp. 117-134, Urban space: experiences and reflections from the global south, Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 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, Esttica de los mundos posibles: inmersin en la vida artificial, las artes y las prcticas 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 Bogot

B Beza, J Hernndez-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

Jennifer Dearnaley

Thesis entitled: Wadawurrung Ethnobotany as synthesised from the research of Louis Lane

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


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