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Dr Julian Bolleter is an Assistant Professor at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia. His role at the AUDRC includes teaching a master’s program in urban design and conducting urban design related research and design projects.


Julian is an experienced landscape architect and urban designer and has w­orked in design offices in Australia, the USA, the UK and the Middle East. He has completed a PhD concerning Dubai’s urban development and has commercially published four books- including ‘Made in Australia: The future of Australian cities’ (with Richard Weller), ‘Take me to the River: A history of Perth’s foreshore,’  ‘Scavenging the Suburbs: auditing Perth for 1 million infill dwellings’ and ‘The Ghost Cities of Australia. In addition Julian has a signed agreement with Routledge for a further book ‘Desert Paradises: A critical survey of landscape architecture in Dubai’ which will be in press in early 2018.    


In 2014 Julian was awarded the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects WA gold medal award (in conjunction with Richard Weller) for ‘Made in Australia’ and in 2016 he was awarded the Margaret Medcalf Award for research, an ‘honourable mention’ for the International Planning History Society book prize ‘the most innovative book in planning history’ category,  a national commendation for the ‘Bates Smart award for architecture in the media,’ at the Victorian Architecture Awards, and a West Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for ‘Excellence in Research and Communication all for ‘Take me to the River: A history of Perth’s foreshore.’ Julian also was an integral part of the urban design team for Elizabeth Quay which won a stream of state and national design awards. Finally, Julian has won, and been commended for, a number of international landscape and urban design competitions.



Invited public lectures and panel sessions

  1. Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Town Hall session on research impact, September 2018
  2. UWA student leadership development program, external consultant, September 2018
  3. Water & Wellbeing Water Sensitive Cities CRC event, July 2018
  4. Planning NSW ‘Character Symposium, Sydney, May 2018
  5. Visiting Curtin University students lecture at AUDRC, April 2018
  6. New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference, Keynote address, Auckland, April 2018
  7. Pilbara Regional Council, Pilbara Kimberley Forum, April 2018
  8. AUDRC Propositions event, April 2018
  9. Scitech ‘creativity and curiosity’ presentation, April 2018
  10. NSW Health, Health Promotion Annual Forum, Sydney, March 2018
  11. WA Self-Funded Retirees, March 2018
  12. Perth Writers Festival, Architecture discussion panel, February 2018
  13. Perth Writers Festival, Perth foreshore and Elizabeth Quay tour, February 2018
  14. City of Bayswater Community Engagement Panel, February 2018
  15. Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Executive Fellows Program, Melbourne, November 2017
  16. Committee for Melbourne Business Festival, Melbourne, November 2017
  17. Australia and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress, Keynote address, Sydney November 2017
  18. 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Sydney, October 2017
  19. City of Vincent Community Engagement Panel presentation, September 2017
  20. KPMG Smart Cities panel session, September 2017
  21. West Coast Community Centre, September 2017
  22. The Australian Newspaper Better Cities panel session, July 2017
  23. Janes Walk, WA Day Elizabeth Quay, June 2017
  24. Planning Institute of Australia National Conference, Keynote address, Sydney, May 2017
  25. Planning Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Architects ‘Shaping Cities: towards 50 million panel session, Sydney, May 2017
  26. Urban Development Industry Association National Congress, April 2017
  27. UDLA Friday drinks talks, January 2017
  28. City of Bayswater Urban Forest Workshop, November 2016
  29. University of the Third Age lecture, November 2016
  30. Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, October 2016
  31. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 50th anniversary conference, Canberra, October 2016
  32. HIA Delivering Density Breakfast, October 2016
  33. Committee for Perth, Densifying the Suburbs luncheon forum, September  2016
  34. White Gum Valley precinct group, September 2016
  35. CEDA Shaping WA’s future cities facilitated panel discussion, August 2016
  36. Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, August 2016
  37. Geographical Association of Western Australia annual conference, August 2016
  38. Future Bayswater speaker series launch, July 2016
  39. Department of Water, NAIDOC week presentation, July 2016 
  40. Literary Lyceum at Karrakatta Club, July 2016
  41. Australian Water Association, Western Australian conference, June 2016
  42. Department of Water, Water Innovation Workshop, June 2016
  43. Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) Presidents’ Summit, June 2016 
  44. Janes Walk Festival, walking tour of Elizabeth Quay, May 2016
  45. UWA Literary High Tea, April 2016 
  46. UWA Future students agents, walking tour of Elizabeth Quay, April 2016
  47. Mosman Park Probus Club, April 2016
  48. Royal Western Australian Historical Society ‘Booked for a Cuppa’ event, December 2015
  49. UWA Winthrop Society High Tea, December 2015
  50. AHURI National Housing Conference, October 2015
  51. Landcorp hosted Malaysian Institute of Planners Study Tour October 2015
  52. One Planet Fest-a-con, October 2015
  53. UDLA talk series, October 2015
  54. National Housing Conference, October 2015
  55. Bill Warnock Memorial Dinner, October 2015 
  56. ‘Reviving the flaneur’ event hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies, October 2015
  57. Roberts Day ‘Talking Great Places’, September 2015
  58. Planning Institute of Australia, September 2015
  59. Guest speaker session at Department of Housing, August 2015
  60. GreenDrinks, July 2015
  61. Watercorp Master Class, June 2015
  62. Landcorp Operations Knowledge Sharing Session, June 2015
  63. Committee for Perth, Perth in Focus event, June 2015
  64. Aurecon young professionals seminar,  April 2015
  65. Leadership Western Australia, March 2015
  66. Department of Planning Friday Information Training Sessions (FITS), February 2015
  67. National Economic Development Conference, Darwin, October 2014
  68. Futurenet breakfast, September 2014
  69. Presentation to Stakeholder Reference Group for the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions, September 2014
  70. Eastern Metropolitan Region Council workshop, July 2014
  71. ADC Northern Development Summit Townsville, June 2014
  72. Pilbara DesignScape Symposium, Port Hedland, June 2014
  73. Leadership WA- Signature Leadership Program, June 2014
  74. Parks and Leisure Australia conference- keynote presentation, June 2014
  75. SONA Masterclass, May 2014
  76. All Saints’ College & Storylines Festival panel discussion, March 2014
  77. Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) Presidents’ Summit, February 2014
  78. University of Western Australia Ministerial Breakfast, November 2013
  79. Environment House talk series, November 2013
  80. ‘Take me to the river’ exhibition opening, October 2013.
  81. New Waterways Water Sensitive Cities - speakers series, October 2013 (Talk: ‘Synergistic Density).
  82. Regional Development Corporation Workshop, September 2013
  83. 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sydney, September 2013
  84. CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Water Sensitive Cities Seminar Series, August 2013
  85. Roberts Day lunchtime talk series, September 2013
  86. Hassell ‘Tinny Talks’, July 2013
  87. Western Australian Institute of Public Administration, Perth, June 2013
  88. 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, June 2013
  89. Ecosystem, Restoration, Intervention, Ecology (EIRE), May 2013
  90. Fremantle 2029: Community Visioning Project, May 2013
  91. Planning Institute of Australia Urban Design Chapter ‘Green Urbanism Forum’, May 2013
  92. Gresley Abbas ‘Green Bottle’ talk series, May 2013
  93. Office of the Minister for Regional Development and Lands, May 2013
  94. Western Australian Surveying Conference, May 2013
  95. City of South Perth presentation to elected members, April 2013
  96. Leadership WA, April 2013
  97. City of South Perth, Speaking Sustainability conference, March 2013
  98. University of Western Australia Extension, March 2013
  99. AECOM Buildings and Places talk series, February 2013
  100. Perth Writers Festival, February 2013
  101. Perth Open House Speaker Series, November 2012
  102. 5th International Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, September 2012
  103. RMIT Transiting Cities Conference, Melbourne, September 2012
  104. Department of Planning Social Club, Perth, August 2012


Radio and television interviews

  1. ABC Focus with Nadia Mitsopoulos, July 2018
  2. The Wire Brisbane, March 2018
  3. ABC Afternoons with Gillian O’Shaughnessy, March 2018
  4. ABC Breakfast with Paula Kruger, March 2018
  5. RTR Morning Magazine, February 2018
  6. ABC News with Irena Ceranic, October 2017
  7. 6PR Perth ‘Drive’ with Adam Shand, October 2016
  8. ECU Radio, August 2016
  9. 6PR Perth with Peter Bell, June 2016
  10. RTR Morning Mag, December 2015
  11. Channel 7 news with Emily Baker, December 2015
  12. 6PR Perth Tonight with Chris IIsley, September 2015
  13. ABC News WA, June 2015
  14. ABC Drive with John McGlue, March 2015
  15. ABC Drive with John McGlue, March 2015
  16. ABC 720 Perth Mornings, Geoff Hutchinson, October 2014
  17. Radio 2UE- Clive Robertson, October 2014
  18. 6PR radio- Gary Adshead, October 2014
  19. ABC Television Catalyst- Dominique Pile interview, September 2014
  20. The 5th Estate- Willow Aliento, October 2014
  21. RTR Morning Magazine, November 2013
  22. 6PR Afternoons with Peter Bell, October 2013
  23. Monocle 24 The Urbanist hosted by Andrew Tuck, October 2013
  24. ABC Northern Tasmania Drive with Damien Brown, September 2013 (b)
  25. ABC South West Mornings with David Bone, September 2013
  26. ABC WA Regional Drive with Barry Nichols, September 2013
  27. ABC Northern Tasmania Drive with Damien Brown, September 2013
  28. ABC 105.7 Darwin Drive with Vicki Kerrigan, September 2013
  29. ABC Radio National ‘Mongrel Nation’, August 2013
  30. Channel 9 Perth- Nightly News, May 2013
  31. ABC Brisbane- Evenings with Rebecca Levingston, April 2013
  32. ABC News 24 with Joe O’brien, April 2013
  33. ABC Radio National- Tim Soutphommasane on Multiculturalism, April 2013
  34. Curtin FM – Afternoons with Jenny Seaton, April 2013
  35. Radio 6PR Perth – Mornings with Paul Murray, March 2013
  36. Radio 4BC – Statewide Mornings with Greg Cary
  37. Radio 4BC – Mornings (Weekends) with Chris Adams, March 2013
  38. Radio 2HD Newcastle – Mornings with Richard King, March 2013
  39. Radio Australia – Mornings with Phil Kafcaloudes, March 2013
  40. ABC Radio National – Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone, March 2013
  41. ABC Radio Perth – Mornings with Geoff Hutchison, March 2013
  42. ABC Radio Brisbane – Evenings with Rebecca Levingston, March 2013
  43. ABC Radio 720 Sydney – Mornings with Linda Mottram, March 2013
  44. ABC Radio National – Tony Delroy’s Nightlife, Match 2013
  45. ABC Radio 720 Perth – Saturday Mornings with James Lush, March 2013
  46. ABC Radio South West - Statewide Regional Mornings (WA) with Barry Nicholls, March 2013
  47. ABC Radio Darwin – Mornings with Kate O’Tool, March 2013
  48. ABC News 24- Weekend Breakfast with Andrew Geoghegan and Kumi Taguchi, March 2013
  49. Coram, M. (2018). Writers Week Blog.   Retrieved 21.02, 2018, from https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/piaf/writers-week-blog-ng-b88749129z
  50. Acott, K. (2016). Book reveals a river of dreams. The West Australian.
  51. Ambrose, M. (2015). The dream that became real, The Sunday Times, pp. 38,39.
  52. Wynne, E. (2015). Being Perthed: Stories of alternative visions for the city's riverfront explored in exhibition.   Retrieved 12.17, 2015, from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/alternative-realities-for-perth-river-foreshore/7033522
  53. Brophy, L. (2015). Making use of invisible space. UWA News, 6.
  54. Bell, D. (2015). Just little bits of history repeating, The Perth Voice, p. 6.
  55. Titelius, R. (2015). Where to next?, Sunday Times, p. 43.
  56. Law, Peter. (2014). Future Perth: WA’s other cities of the future.   Retrieved 13.11, 2014, from http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/future-perth-was-other-cities-of-the-future/story-fnmx16d1-1227114640097
  57. Unknown reporter. (2014). Stop city of dreams turning into a nightmare, The West Australian.
  58. Law, Peter. (2014, 26.10.). Welcome to Perth Island, The Sunday Times, p. 9.
  59. Law, Peter. (2014, 26.10.). City of dreams, The Sunday Times, p. 45.
  60. Law, Peter. (2014, 26.10.). How to stop the sprawl, The Sunday Times, p. 9.
  61. Livett, B. (2013, 17.10). Endless choices for future cities, Kimberley Echo, p. 17.
  62. Acott, K. (2013, 31.10). Perth lacks a vision for the river: expert, The West Australian, p. 6.
  63. Byrne, C. (2013). Darwin Airport should be moved to outskirts. News.  Retrieved 07.03, 2013, from http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/03/08/318355_ntnews.html
  64. Smee, B. (2013). Big City Vision for Buladelah. Latest News.  Retrieved 03.07, 2013, from http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1402392/poll-big-city-vision-for-bulahdelah/
  65. Wagga primed for population influx [Online]. The Daily Advertiser Available: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1407708/wagga-primed-for-population-influx/
  66. Mottram, L. (2013). Australian cities: plan for an extra 39 million people. 702 ABC Sydney.  Retrieved 03.07, 2013, from http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/03/18/3718154.htmWRIGHT, S. 2013. City sprawl a growing threat [Online]. Perth: The West Australian Available: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/16385949/city-sprawl-a-growing-threat/
  67. Leeder, J. (2013). Making Cities Liveable. Australian Design Review.  Retrieved 07.03, 2013, from http://www.australiandesignreview.com/features/31786-making-cities-liveable
  68. Foster, B. (2013). Fast-forward 16 years, Fremantle Herald, p. 1.
  69. Tillet, A. (2013). Rudd backs Geraldton to Busselton fast train, The West Australian, p. 10.
  70. Livett, B. (2013, 17.10). Endless choices for future cities, Kimberley Echo, p. 17.
  71. Armitage, C. (2012). Bridging the future planning gap: 35 million become the 'lost souls' Retrieved 03.07, 2013, from http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/bridging-the-future-planning-gap-35-million-become-the-lost-souls-20121123-29ytw.htmlROWE, T. 2013.
  72. Zimmerman, J. (2018). Perth population boom forecast: Housing, transport reform needed.   Retrieved 18.06, 2018, from https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/perth/perth-population-boom-forecast-housing-transport-reform-needed-ng-b88866402z

Print and online media generated


Design competitions and industry awards judged

  • Planning Institute of Australia Western Australian awards, September 2018
  • Planning Institute of Australia Western Australian awards, August 2017
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Western Australian awards, June 2016
  • WA Department of Housing ‘[design]ability’ competition, September 2015


Participation in advisory groups/ steering committees

  • Water Innovation Advisory Group convened by the Department of Water, 2016
  • White Gum Valley Project Steering Committee convened by the CRC for Low Carbon Living Research 2016-2017


Research peer reviews

  • Peer review of article Journal of Urban Design, 2018
  • Peer review of article Journal of Urban Design, 2018
  • Peer review of book chapter, Routledge Architext series, 2018
  • Peer review of article Landscape Journal, 2013






Major commissioned research projects

  • Urban design strategies for Living Streams (2017) for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Position held: Project director responsible for research and project documentation
  • Reconciling the implications of Sea Level Rise and the provision of ecosystem services in Perth Water (2017) for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Position held: Project director responsible for research and project documentation
  • Water Innovation (2016) for the Department of Water. Position held: Advisory group member
  • Knutsford infill development precinct (2015-2017) for Landcorp. Position held: Project director responsible for research, design and project documentation
  • Evaluating Wi-Fi monitoring data for use in public life surveys (2015-2016) for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Position held: Project director responsible for research and project documentation
  • City of Stirling public open space audit (2015) for City of Stirling. Position held: Advisory board member
  • Infill development precedents: a study of international exemplars (2014-2015) for Western Australian Planning Commission. Position held: Project director responsible for research and project documentation
  • Bulgarra: retrofitting Radburn subdivisions (2012) for Landcorp. Project director responsible for research, design and project documentation
  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge (2011) for Main Roads Western Australia. Position held: Researcher responsible for design and project documentation
  • Cockburn West Activity Centre (2011) for Landcorp. Position held: Researcher responsible for research, design, project documentation


  • Landscape urbanism theory
  • Dubai landscape architecture
  • Regional settlement patterns
  • Waterfront design
  • Infill development

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Research Output 1998 2019

Urban planning
Open Access
Guideline Adherence
Geographic Information Systems
Local Government

The consequences of three urbanisation scenarios for northern Australia

Bolleter, J. A., 4 Jun 2019, In : Australian Planner. 55, 2, p. 103-125 23 p.

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Projects 2016 2021

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Public lecture, debate or seminar

New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference

Julian Bolleter (Speaker)
Apr 2018

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Australia and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress, Keynote address

Julian Bolleter (Speaker)
Nov 2017

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar