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Dr Fiona Gray



Adjunct Associate Professor


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


Centre for Reg & Rural Futures


Off-Campus (Home)


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

+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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Histories of urban heritage: emotional and experiential attachments across time and space

Ursula De Jong, Cristina Garduño Freeman, Beau Beza, Fiona Gray, Matt Novacevski

(2021), pp. 65-79, People-centred methodologies for heritage conservation exploring emotional attachments to historic urban places, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

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


Zombie urbanism and the City by the Bay: what's really eating Geelong?

F Gray, Matt Novacevski

(2017), Vol. 4, pp. 309-332, Journal of urban cultural studies, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Milling it over: Geelong's new life in forgotten places

F Gray, Cristina Garduno Freeman, Matt Novacevski

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 58-69, Historic environment, Carlton, vic., C1

journal article

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

U de Jong, R Fuller, F Gray, D Jones

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

book chapter

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

F Gray

(2015), Vol. 32, 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, NSW, E1


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

F Gray, M Novacevski

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


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

J Chapman, D Jones, F Gray

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


The zombies of sleepy hollow: reimagining Geelong

F Gray, M 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

U de Jong, R Fuller, F 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


A holistic view of sustainable development - Lessons from the coastal town of Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia

R Fuller, U de jong, F gray

(2014), Vol. 1 & 2, pp. 33-42, HERITAGE 2014 : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Guimares, Portugal, E1


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

F Gray

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

U de Jong, R Fuller, F Gray

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


Between theory and practice : Rudolf Steiner as philosopher and architect

F 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

F Gray

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


Rudolf Steiner : occult crank or architectural mastermind?

F Gray

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Grant proposal development for Community, Culture and Connection Project

Dr Fiona Gray

City of Greater Geelong - Creative Communities Grants

  • 2016: $4,000

Best practice case study analysis of ecologically sensitive brownfield redevelopments

Dr Fiona Gray, Dr David Halliwell

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2016: $26,262

Community, Culture and Connection Project

Dr Fiona Gray

City of Greater Geelong - Creative Communities Grants

  • 2018: $13,000
  • 2017: $27,000

Industry and Other Funding

What can Geelong learn from international second-tier cities

Dr Fiona Gray, Dr David Halliwell

Committee for Geelong

  • 2016: $16,200

Hubcaps 2 Creative Hubs

Dr Fiona Gray

Pozible Pty Ltd

  • 2016: $39,570


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