Keynote speaker – Landscape Australia Conference 2019
Jocelyn Chiew is manager Campus Design Quality and Planning at Monash University and a registered architect, landscape architect and urban designer. In her role at Monash, Jocelyn is responsible for the development and delivery of unique twenty-year visions for each of the university’s four Australian campuses. She is an Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter councillor, manager of the Monash Design Review Panel and Architect Selection Committee, co-author of the Monash Public Art Masterplan, a member of the Monash Public Art Committee and was a juror for the 2018 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards. Jocelyn has been involved in multiple design competitions at state and national levels. She sits on the Property Council of Australia’s Education Precincts Committee and has led multiple urban design studios at the University of Melbourne.
The Campus Design, Quality and Planning (CDQP) team at Monash University is an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, wayfinding, retail and interior design. The CDQP provides planning and design leadership, guidance and quality assurance for Monash University projects, and is responsible for curating the development of Monash’s campuses and sites in Australia. The team regularly develops and updates new masterplans, guidelines, feasibilities, business cases, project briefs, and related policies and procedures; and undertakes design consultancy selection and design reviews with assistance from the Monash Design Review Panel, Architect Selection Committee and University Architect.
Notes from the Dark Side
Of course, the title is tongue-in-cheek. Practising landscape architecture, client-side, can be a richly rewarding experience; composed of challenging and diverse work, aligned with long-lasting, broadly impactful outcomes that are tested and enjoyed by diverse communities on a daily basis. However, the absence of a shared lexicon, a sense of professional isolation and the perceived lack of a pre-defined career path are very real frictions. Through a case study of Monash University Clayton campus, Jocelyn will talk through her experiences as client; advocating for and achieving design-led approaches and outcomes, and contributing to a culture of design leadership, quality and curation. This shift, towards design driven processes, has been enabled by many of Australia’s leading landscape experts and aficionados – academic, advisory and practitioner – and has culminated in highly publicised campus transformations. The presentation explores the role of landscape architects as collaborators, agitators, influencers, advocates and shapers, and identifies examples of landscape design that push what it means to embed cultures of learning, research and innovation.