Researcher

Dr Joshua Zeunert

My Expertise

landscape architecture, urban design, sustainability, resilience, regenerative design, urban agriculture

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Joshua Zeunert is a Registered Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer at UNSW in Australia. He has 13 years of academic experience, previously holding positions of Lecturer at Deakin University (2015-18), Writtle School of Design, U.K. (2012-15) and the University of Adelaide (2010-12). He was also a casual academic at the University of New South Wales (2007-09) and University of South Australia (2010). Academic expertise encompasses...view more

Dr Joshua Zeunert is a Registered Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer at UNSW in Australia. He has 13 years of academic experience, previously holding positions of Lecturer at Deakin University (2015-18), Writtle School of Design, U.K. (2012-15) and the University of Adelaide (2010-12). He was also a casual academic at the University of New South Wales (2007-09) and University of South Australia (2010). Academic expertise encompasses scholarly and design research and program management, with extensive teaching spanning over 45 unique subject units and a breadth of programs including landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, planning, architecture and garden design. Research includes three award-winning books, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability (2017), the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food (2018), in addition to book chapters, journal articles and a range of other non-traditional outputs and advocacy. Josh became the first Australian landscape architect to receive a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) ‘DECRA’ scholarship (2020-22).
    Zeunert possesses a practice background with internationally award-winning design offices, including Taylor Cullity Lethlean (Adelaide/Melbourne, 2010-12), McGregor Coxall (Sydney, 2006-09) and Peter Stutchbury Architecture (2005). He specialises in integrating environmental design, research and strategy into project visions and spatial design practice, possessing experience in shifting project scales from regional planning, strategy and design, to civic and urban design, as well as detailed design and documentation. He was integral in a range of significant international, national and state award-winning projects and lead-consultant roles including Ballast Point Park; Green Square Town Centre Public Domain; Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga; Bowden Urban Village; Adelaide Riverbank; National Gallery Australia; Mildura Waterfront; Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project; and competition-winning entries.
    Other career highlights include the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Future Leaders Scholarship (2009), the Adelaide Magazine’s Urban Warrior feature (2008), and having his portrait displayed at the Celebrating Innovators exhibition at Federal Parliament House (2012). He served as AILA NSW President (2019-2020), was a founding member of the award-winning Biocity Design Research Studio (2006-09) and weekly radio show The Plan (2011-12). He has two decades of involvement with landscape architecture professional institutes and is an emerging keynote speaker at international conferences. He regularly participates in workshops, forums, juries and panels. Zeunert’s multidisciplinary tertiary qualifications span landscape architecture, architecture, built environment design and environmental studies. His PhD was one of the first by Publication in landscape architecture.


My Grants

2020-22  |  Australian Research Council, DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award), Scenario testing for sustainable Australian agricultural landscapes to 2050, $417,128.

2019  |  UNSW FBE: ECR Grant: Sydney’s Food Landscapes, Past, Present, Future, $13,000

2017  |  Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Anglesea Land Use Scenarios, $12,500

2017  |  Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Angesea: Healing the Scar, $10,500

2016  |  Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Authority, Creating Healthy Places, $24,984


My Qualifications

2018  |  Doctor of Philosophy (by Publication) - Deakin University, Australia

2011  |  Master of Architecture - University of Adelaide, Australia

2004  |  Bachelor of Landscape Architecture - (Honours 1st) - University of Adelaide, Australia

2003  |  Bachelor of Architecture - University of Adelaide 

2000  |  Bachelor of Design Studies - University of Adelaide (L.Arch, Arch., Env. Studies)


My Awards

2019  |  Australian Research Council, DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award), Scenario testing for sustainable Australian agricultural landscapes to 2050.

2019  |  Landscape Institute UK, Finalist in Communication & Presentation: Book: Landscape Routledge Handbook of Landscape & Food.

2019  |  AILA NSW: Award in Research & Communication: Book: Landscape Routledge Handbook of Landscape & Food.

2018 | Landscape Institute UK, Highly Commended Award in Communication & Presentation: Book: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design.

2017 | AILA National: Excellence Award in Research & Communication: Book: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design.

2017 | AILA VIC: Excellence Award in Research & Communication: Book: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design.

2017 | World Landscape Architect Awards (WLA) Shortlist: Research & Communications: Book: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability.

2014  |  AILA National: Award in Research & Communication: Tickle Booklets (Taylor Cullity Lethlean): Zeunert, J. (ed.) (2012) victoria square/tarntanyagga; esd, Melbourne: TiCkLe/TCL.

2012  | AILA VIC: Award in Research & Communication: Tickle Booklets: (TCL): Ibid.

2011 | Radio Adelaide: Best Team: The Plan: Architecture, Environment and Affect, 101.5 FM Wed’s 6-7pm.

2010-16 | Project: Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga: Various AILA / PIA / Urban Design / Gavin Walkley National and State Excellence Awards (TCL).

2009-11 | Ballast Point Park: Various International, National and State Awards (McGregor Coxall)

2009 | AILA National - Bruce Mackenzie Future Leaders Award & Scholarship

2008 | AILA NSW: Planning: Jury Citation for Innovation in Planned Communities, Green Square

2007 | AILA NSW: Education: Special Citation for New Directions, The Biocity Studio (McGregor Coxall)

2004 | AILA SA: Rodney Beames Memorial Graduating Student Prize (Adelaide Parklands Final Project)

1998-2004 | Golden Key Honour Society Invitee (Highest 10% of university achievers)

1997 | SSABSA Merit List


My Research Activities

RESEARCH & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Zeunert’s research includes recent books and chapters publication with industry-leading international scholarly publishers: Routledge, London; Bloomsbury, London/New York; Taylor & Francis, London; Elsevier, London; Cambridge Scholar, Oxon UK, CSIRO, Australia; and RMIT Publishing, Melbourne. His body of publications demonstrate independent scholarly ability through high levels of sole-authorship, while also revealing a willingness and ability to successfully and repeatedly collaborate on research. 

BOOKS 

Zeunert, J. & Waterman, T. (eds.) (2018) The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Routledge: London.

Zeunert, J. (2017) Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design, Bloomsbury: London/New York.

Zeunert, J. (ed.) (2012) Victoria Square/Tarntanyagga; Environmentally Sustainable Design, Melbourne: TiCkLe/Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Grimm, B. & Zeunert, J. (forthcoming-2020) Short-sighted Visual Character Concerns in Renewable Energy Landscapes: A Case Study of South Australia, In, Kurochkin, D., Crawford, M. & Shabliy, E (Eds) Discourses on Sustainability: Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Justice, Palgrave Macmillan.

Zeunert, J. (forthcoming-2020)  Synergistic Food Production, In: Roos, P. (ed) Heal the Scar: Regenerative Futures of Damaged Landscapes, Grimshaw Architects, Melbourne.

Beza, B., Zeunert, J. & Herron, M. (2019) Greater Geelong’s planning future to 2050: Determining spatial outcomes through agricultural land planning, In: Jones, D. & Roos, P. (eds.) Geelong’s Changing Landscape, VIC: CSIRO Publishing, 212-221.

Beza, B., Zeunert, J. & Hanson, F. (2019) The Role of WSUD in Contributing to Sustainable Urban Settings, In: Sharma, A., Gardner, T. and Begbie, D (eds.) Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design, London: Elsevier, 367-380.

Zeunert, J. (2018) Challenges in agricultural sustainability and resilience: Towards regenerative practice, In: Zeunert, J. & Waterman, T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Routledge: London, 231-252. 

Zeunert, J. (2018) Dimensions of urban agriculture, In: Zeunert, J. & Waterman, T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Routledge: London, 160-184.

Waterman, T. & Zeunert, J. (2018) Introduction, In: Zeunert, J. & Waterman, T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Routledge: London, 1-5. 

Beza, B., Zeunert, J. & Herron, M. (2018) Greater Geelong’s planning future to 2050: Determining spatial outcomes through agricultural land planning, In: Jones, D. & Roos, P. (eds.) Geelong Region: Nature of a Landscape, VIC: CSIRO Publishing. (Forthcoming).

Zeunert, J. (2016) Yield Operations: (Re)Fitting Urban Agriculture in Existing Green Spaces for Economic and Other Benefits, in Roggema, R (ed), Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society, Volume Two, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Zeunert, J. (2016) Urban Agriculture Upscaled: can economic returns and social benefits co-exist in public green spaces? in Roggema, R. (ed) Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning, Taylor & Francis: London: 107-125.

Zeunert, J. (2015) Digital Presentation Plans: Still the Foundation of Landscape Design Representation? in Amoroso, N. (ed) Representing Landscapes: Digital, Routledge: UK: 71-82.

 

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLES

Zeunert, J. (2013) Challenging Assumptions in Urban Restoration Ecology, Landscape Journal 32 (2): 231-242. 

Zeunert, J. (2009) Land Architect, Kerb (17): 90-93. 

 

INDUSTRY JOURNAL ARTICLES

Zeunert, J. (2016) Adelaide Botanic Garden Wetland, World Landscape Architect (26): 4-7.  

Zeunert, J. (2013) Beyond Biodiversity Reinstatement in Urban Australia, Landscape Outlook: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers 52: 11-13.

Zeunert, J. (2012) The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Landscape Architecture Australia (136): 36-40.

Zeunert, J. (2012) Beyond Biodiversity: Challenging the Biodiversity Dogma, Landscape Architecture Australia, (133): 13-14. 

 

CONSULTANCY RESEARCH  

Downton, P., Jones, D., Zeunert, J. & Roös, P., (2016) Creating Healthy Places: Railway Stations, Biophilic Design and the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, Docklands, Melbourne: Melbourne Metro. ISBN: 978-0-646-95965-8.

 

MISC. SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Delegation to South Korea as ‘Emerging Researcher’, Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living, 11-18 May 2012.

 

RESEARCH POSTER

Zeunert, J. (2011) Research Poster: Aesthetic Foodscape Design Potential in Australian Landscape Architecture, Iridescent: Where is Design Practice at Today? agIdeas Inaugural Design Research Lab, National Gallery of Victoria, May 2 2011.

 

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS & PROCEEDINGS

Roös, PB, DS Jones, P Downton & J Zeunert 2018, Biophilic Railway Stations: Re-imagine the nature of transit design in Biophilia Smart Resilience: e-Proceedings of the 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress 2018, 18-21 July 2018, Marina Bay, Singapore, pp. 801-814, http://www.ifla2018.com/eproceedings
 
Jones, DS, G Liu, J Chen, I Martek, L Hui, B Beza, J Zeunert & P Roös 2018, Greening Chóngqìng: Creating a Green City on the Yangzi (Cháng Jiāng) towards Enhancing ‘Double Happiness’ in Biophilia Smart Resilience: e-Proceedings of the 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress 2018, 18-21 July 2018, Marina Bay, Singapore, pp. 152-167, http://www.ifla2018.com/eproceedings
 
Pullman, S., Jones, D., Garden, D. & Zeunert, J (2018) Remaking the Victorian horticultural discipline: the role of Ina Higgins in advancing women in horticulture, UHPH 2018: Remaking Cities: Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, 431-441.
 
Jones, D.S., Zeunert, J., Roos, P. & Downton, P. (2017) Biophilic Design Applications: Challenges and Directions in Australian Practice, In (eds) Yang, B. & Chen, S., Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Annual Conference Proceedings, Beijing, China, 26-29 May 2017, 386.
 
Roös, P., Downton, P., D.S. Jones, & Zeunert J. (2016) Biophilic Inspired Railway Stations: The New Frontier for Future Cities, 9th International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, 7-9 November.
 
Roös, P. Downton, P., D.S. Jones, & Zeunert J. (2016) Biophilia in Urban Design – Patterns and principles for smart Australian cities, 9th International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, 7-9 November 2016.
 
Downton, P., D.S. Jones, J. Zeunert & P. Roös (2016) Biophilic Design Applications: Theory and Patterns into Built Environment Education, DesTech, Proceedings 59-65.
 
Zeunert, J. (2014) Yield Operations: (Re)Fitting Urban Agriculture in Existing Green Spaces for Economic and Other Benefits, In Finding Spaces for Productive Cities: Proceedings of the 6th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, 932-949.
 

Zeunert, J. (2011) Eating the Landscape: Aesthetic Foodscape Design and its Role in Australian Landscape Architecture, Online proceedings of AILA National Conference Transform, Brisbane, 13 August.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (no proceedings)

2020, Speaker and Panellist, Royal Commission into the State of Australian Cities (mock), Melbourne Design Week, NGV, 12 March

2018, Keynote, Multidimensional Sustainability in Landscape Architecture, ILASA Bi-annual Conference, Drakensburg, South Africa, August 13.

2017, Downton, P., Jones, D., Roös, P., Zeunert, J. & Barrett, L. (2017) Biophilia in Practice: Putting Theory & Patterns into Railway Infrastructure Planning & Design, Ecocity World Summit, Melbourne, July 14.

2017, Jones, D., Liu, G., Chen, J., Martek, I., Beza, B., Zeunert, J & Roös, P. (2017) Greening Chongqing: Enhancing ‘Double Happiness’ and Mountain‐City trails as an Eco‐city Strategy, Ecocity World Summit, July 12.

2016, Keynote, Curator & Panel Chair, New Natures, AILA 50th Anniversary Festival of Landscape Architecture, Canberra, 27-30 October.

2014, Yield Operations: (Re)Fitting Urban Agriculture in Existing Green Spaces for Economic and Other Benefits, The Association of European Schools of Planning, Van Hall Larensteun University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 4-7 November.

2012, Why Should we Grow Food in Cities? University of Essex / Writtle College 5th Joint Conference, 23 November.

2010, Why Should We Grow Food in Cities? What Needs to Change to Make it Happen? From Paddock to Plate Conference, UniSA, Adelaide, 13 February.

2009, Landscape Design: From accessory to principal player in restoration, renewal and recovery, Melbourne, Green Planning & Design Conference, 29 June.

 

ACADEMIC JOURNALISM

Zeunert, J. (2017) Beyond the ornamental: agriculture and the city, Foreground, November 9.

Zeunert, J. (2017) Beyond the desal’ plant: water security in a post-carbon world, Foreground, June 8.

Zeunert, J. (2011) Edible Public Spaces, InDaily, 7 July: 7. 

Zeunert, J. (2011) Getting the veggie garden out in public, The Conversation, 29 June

Zeunert, J. (2011) Designing Edible Urban Landscapes, TiCkLe BLOG, November 11. 

 Zeunert, J. (2008) Stirring the Pot of Complacency, The Adelaide Review PLACE (343): September: 46.


My Engagement

PUBLIC & STUDIO LECTURES

2017  |  Landscape Architecture & Multidimensional Sustainability, The University of Adelaide Speaker Series, 7 March.

2015  |  Landscape Architecture & Multidimensional Sustainability, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand, 15 June.

2014  |  Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability, Martha Schwartz Partners Studio, London, 28th March. 

2012  |  BARC: Lateral Thinking Landscape Architects, Adelaide, 21 June.

2011  |  VEIL Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design Workshop, Adelaide, 22 November.

2011  |  15x15 @ Roarkus Moss Architects, Adrenaline, Adelaide, 9 September.

2009  |  CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Cities as Living Systems, Lecture, Sydney, 4 September.

2008  |  Indigenous High School Students, Landscape Architecture, Sydney, 2 July.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

2006-2012, 2017-  |  Registered Landscape Architect, AILA  (No. 1485 / 7960)

2012-16, 2018-  |  Landscape Institute (UK) Academic Member, AMLI

2017-  |  American Society of Landscape Architecture, ASLA, International Member

 

SERVICE

2019- 2020  |  Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, NSW President

2015-  |  AILA National Accreditation Review Team (Chair, RMIT Visit 2018; Team, UMelb. 2016)

2015  |  Landscape Institute (UK) Awards Chair: Student Dissertation

2014-  |  Reviewer: Manuscripts for Journal of Landscape Architecture (JOLA) and Landscape Journal

2014-  |  Reviewer: Landscape Architecture book proposals for Bloomsbury and Routledge publishers

2011-12  |  Co-host and founding member: The Plan: Architecture, Environment and Affect, Radio Adelaide, Wednesdays 6-7pm

2011-2012  |  AILA SA Executive Committee

2012  |  Mentor for AILA Registration

2011  |  AILA  SA  Awards Jury

2009  |  AILA NSW Environment Committee

 

MEDIA / FEATURES

2020  |  Australian agriculture in 2050: what will it look like? UNSW Newsroom, 13 Jan.

2012  |  Portrait of Joshua Zeunert in Exhibition, Celebrating Innovators, Janis Lander (artist), Federal Parliament House, Canberra, November.

2012  |  Farming the City: Harvesting a City’s Natural Resources, Collect Magazine: Special Edition: 5000+: on Great Cities and the Coffee Shop, 25-27.

2012  |  Design Atlas South Australia: The Plan Radio Show, Integrated Design Commission, August, 94.

2009  |  Creative Catalysts 100 list - Biocity Studio, Creative Sydney Festival.

Dettman, R. (2008) Urban Warrior: Adelaide’s Greenest Expat? The Adelaide Magazine, October: 48-52.

2008  |  Green Schemes, The Adelaide Magazine, August: 18.

 

INTERVIEWEE

Moon, L (2019) Elegant edible gardens: An emerging new trend in garden design, Domain, 2 Sep

Tovey, N. (2014) Grow Food Not Lawns: The Fertile World of Foodscaping, (Interview, print & web publications) Wellspring, Eco Issue.

2011  |  5000+, Green City Forum, Integrated Design Commission, https://vimeo.com/26897295.

2009  |  Winner: McGregor Coxall for Ballast Point Park, BPN, Interview/print, December: 22.

McDonald, S. (2009) How Green is your Landscape?, BPN, (Interview, print & web publications), November: 30-31, 33.

 

RADIO INTERVIEWEE

2017  |  Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design, Dig It, The Pulse Geelong, 94.7, Saturday 10 July.

2017  |  Landscape and Food, Gastronaut, Radio Adelaide, June 17.

2009  |  Making Cities Sustainable, Grant Cameron, ABC Radio Adelaide 891, April 29.

 

PANELLIST

2011  |  5000+, Green City Forum, Farming the City, Adelaide, July 15.

2009  |  How Green is your Garden? Stirring the Possum, Adelaide, 28 April.

 

INVITEE

2020 |  Keynote Speaker, CanAssist Open Garden Day, Dubbo, 5 April.

2019  |  Keynote Speaker, Clever and Creative Lecture Series, Deakin University, Geelong, 14 Nov.

2019  |  Future Proofing the Profession: Next Gen, Speaker and Panellist, International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Melbourne, 11 October.

2019  |  MC for Gender Equity Breakfast, AILA NSW, Sydney, 3 October.

 

INVITED PARTICIPANT

2009  |  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) - Climate Change Adaptation, Sydney, 30 April.

2009  |  Environment Round Table: Jay Weatherill, Minister for Environment & Conservation, Adelaide, 18 February.

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