• The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Julian Bolleter is the Co-Director 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 research projects for the Western Australian state government. Julian is an experienced urban designer and has w­orked in design offices in Australia, the USA, the UK and the Middle East. He has completed a PhD and has commercially published six books. Julian’s current research interests are new city development, urban infill development, and the design of multifunctional public open space. Julian has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Healthways and the Western Australian Government.  


Invited lectures, briefings and panel sessions

  1. Planning Institute of Western Australia ‘After’ state conference, November 2020
  2. Brickworks/ Open House Perth, ‘What If?’ Forum, October 2020
  3. Westpac Scholars Spark Session, October 2020
  4. City of Bayswater, Environment and Liveability Framework community workshop, August 2020
  5. What I Wish Planners and Designers Knew About forum, Melbourne University Planning Student Society, July 2020
  6. Speakers Briefing After the Lockdown, Workplace Flexibility and Fluidity, University of Western Australia, June 2020
  7.  ‘Future of Cities’ panel at Genghis con science fiction and gaming convention, January 2020
  8. Panel session member for ‘Innovation and disruption in urban and regional Australia; a view from the edge session,’ State of Australian Cities Conference, December 2019.
  9. Elizabeth Quay tour, State of Australian Cities Conference, December 2019.
  10. PhD symposium opening session keynote lecture, State of Australian Cities Conference, November 2019.
  11. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, International Festival of Design, Melbourne, October 2019
  12. Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Medium density definition and market conditions presentation, September 2019
  13. Australia-Africa Trade and Cultural EXPO, September 2019
  14. Urban Networks, Jane’s Walk, July 2019
  15. Gulu city planning workshop, workshop facilitation and brief lecture, Gulu Uganda, June 2019
  16. Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Practitioner’s Forum, Keynote address, May 2019
  17. The City of Perth, Swan River Stories (part of the 2019 Heritage Festival), May 2019
  18. Landscape Foundation, Research strategy workshop, keynote address, Auckland, April 2019
  19. Landscape Foundation, Research strategy workshop, keynote address, Wellington, April 2019
  20. Young Engineers Australia presentation, April 2019
  21. Landcorp graduate briefing on urban forests, March 2019
  22. Robertsday Innovation Week, March 2019
  23. The Fremantle Network- Politics in the pub, February 2019
  24. Perth as a biophilic resilient city workshop, February 2019
  25. Western Australian Local Government Association Measuring urban forest canopy, February 2019
  26. Mellow House Future Perth talk series, February 2019
  27. Robertsday, Lunchtime talks, January 2019
  28. Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Training Growth and Information Monday presentation, December 2018
  29. City of Wanneroo, December 2018
  30. School of Design end of year exhibition, Refuge City launch, November 2018
  31. UDIA Housing Diversity committee meeting, November 2018
  32. Element Lunch and Learn talks, November 2018
  33. Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), Annual General Meeting and Council Meeting, November 2018
  34. Water Sensitive Cities, New Water Ways Speaker Series, November 2018
  35. Design Excellence Working Group, Office of the Government Architect, November 2018
  36. Housing futures research group, UWA October 2018
  37. David Caddy, Western Australian Planning Commission, briefing, October 2018
  38. Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Town Hall session on research impact, September 2018
  39. UWA student leadership development program, external consultant, September 2018
  40. Water & Well-being Water Sensitive Cities CRC event, July 2018
  41. Planning NSW ‘Character Symposium, Sydney, May 2018
  42. Visiting Curtin University students lecture at AUDRC, April 2018
  43. New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference, Keynote address, Auckland, April 2018
  44. Pilbara Regional Council, Pilbara Kimberley Forum, April 2018
  45. AUDRC Propositions event, April 2018
  46. Scitech ‘creativity and curiosity’ presentation, April 2018
  47. NSW Health, Health Promotion Annual Forum, Sydney, March 2018
  48. WA Self-Funded Retirees, March 2018
  49. Perth Writers Festival, Architecture discussion panel, February 2018
  50. Perth Writers Festival, Perth foreshore and Elizabeth Quay tour, February 2018
  51. City of Bayswater Community Engagement Panel, February 2018
  52. Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Executive Fellows Program, Melbourne, November 2017
  53. Committee for Melbourne Business Festival, Melbourne, November 2017
  54. Australia and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress, Keynote address, Sydney November 2017
  55. 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Sydney, October 2017
  56. City of Vincent Community Engagement Panel presentation, September 2017
  57. KPMG Smart Cities panel session, September 2017
  58. West Coast Community Centre, September 2017
  59. The Australian Newspaper Better Cities panel session, July 2017
  60. Janes Walk, WA Day Elizabeth Quay, June 2017
  61. Planning Institute of Australia National Conference, Keynote address, Sydney, May 2017
  62. Planning Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Architects ‘Shaping Cities: towards 50 million panel session, Sydney, May 2017
  63. Urban Development Industry Association National Congress, April 2017
  64. UDLA Friday drinks talks, January 2017
  65. City of Bayswater Urban Forest Workshop, November 2016
  66. University of the Third Age lecture, November 2016
  67. Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, October 2016
  68. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 50th-anniversary conference, Canberra, October 2016
  69. HIA Delivering Density Breakfast, October 2016
  70. Committee for Perth, Densifying the Suburbs luncheon forum, September  2016
  71. White Gum Valley precinct group, September 2016
  72. CEDA Shaping WA’s future cities facilitated panel discussion, August 2016
  73. Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, August 2016
  74. Geographical Association of Western Australia annual conference, August 2016
  75. Future Bayswater speaker series launch, July 2016
  76. Department of Water, NAIDOC week presentation, July 2016 
  77. Literary Lyceum at Karrakatta Club, July 2016
  78. Australian Water Association, Western Australian conference, June 2016
  79. Department of Water, Water Innovation Workshop, June 2016
  80. Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) Presidents’ Summit, June 2016 
  81. Janes Walk Festival, a walking tour of Elizabeth Quay, May 2016
  82. UWA Literary High Tea, April 2016 
  83. UWA Future students agents, walking tour of Elizabeth Quay, April 2016
  84. Mosman Park Probus Club, April 2016
  85. Royal Western Australian Historical Society ‘Booked for a Cuppa’ event, December 2015
  86. UWA Winthrop Society High Tea, December 2015
  87. AHURI National Housing Conference, October 2015
  88. Landcorp hosted Malaysian Institute of Planners Study Tour October 2015
  89. One Planet Fest-a-con, October 2015
  90. UDLA talk series, October 2015
  91. National Housing Conference, October 2015
  92. Bill Warnock Memorial Dinner, October 2015 
  93. ‘Reviving the flaneur’ event hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies, October 2015
  94. Roberts Day ‘Talking Great Places’, September 2015
  95. Planning Institute of Australia, September 2015
  96. Guest speaker session at Department of Housing, August 2015
  97. GreenDrinks, July 2015
  98. Watercorp Master Class, June 2015
  99. Landcorp Operations Knowledge Sharing Session, June 2015
  100. Committee for Perth, Perth in Focus event, June 2015
  101. Aurecon young professionals seminar,  April 2015
  102. Leadership Western Australia, March 2015
  103. Department of Planning Friday Information Training Sessions (FITS), February 2015
  104. National Economic Development Conference, Darwin, October 2014
  105. Futurenet breakfast, September 2014
  106. Presentation to Stakeholder Reference Group for the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions, September 2014
  107. Eastern Metropolitan Region Council workshop, July 2014
  108. ADC Northern Development Summit Townsville, June 2014
  109. Pilbara DesignScape Symposium, Port Hedland, June 2014
  110. Leadership WA- Signature Leadership Program, June 2014
  111. Parks and Leisure Australia conference- keynote presentation, June 2014
  112. SONA Masterclass, May 2014
  113. All Saints’ College & Storylines Festival panel discussion, March 2014
  114. Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) Presidents’ Summit, February 2014
  115. University of Western Australia Ministerial Breakfast, November 2013
  116. Environment House talk series, November 2013
  117. ‘Take me to the river’ exhibition opening, October 2013.
  118. New Waterways Water Sensitive Cities - speakers series, October 2013
  119. Regional Development Corporation Workshop, September 2013
  120. 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sydney, September 2013
  121. CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Water Sensitive Cities Seminar Series, August 2013
  122. Roberts Day lunchtime talk series, September 2013
  123. Hassell ‘Tinny Talks’, July 2013
  124. Western Australian Institute of Public Administration, Perth, June 2013
  125. 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, June 2013
  126. Ecosystem, Restoration, Intervention, Ecology (EIRE), May 2013
  127. Fremantle 2029: Community Visioning Project, May 2013
  128. Planning Institute of Australia Urban Design Chapter ‘Green Urbanism Forum’, May 2013
  129. Gresley Abbas ‘Green Bottle’ talk series, May 2013
  130. Office of the Minister for Regional Development and Lands, May 2013
  131. Western Australian Surveying Conference, May 2013
  132. City of South Perth presentation to elected members, April 2013
  133. Leadership WA, April 2013
  134. City of South Perth, Speaking Sustainability conference, March 2013
  135. University of Western Australia Extension, March 2013
  136. AECOM Buildings and Places talk series, February 2013
  137. Perth Writers Festival, February 2013
  138. Perth Open House Speaker Series, November 2012
  139. 5th International Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, September 2012
  140. RMIT Transiting Cities Conference, Melbourne, September 2012
  141. Department of Planning Social Club, Perth, August 2012



Major commissioned research projects

  • Strategies for delivering Transit-Oriented Development in Perth for Landcorp, Department of Communities, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (2019). Position held: Project co-director responsible for research and project documentation
  • Strategies for delivering the ‘missing middle’ in Perth for Landcorp, Department of Communities, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (2018). Position held: Project director responsible for research and project documentation
  • 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 the City of Stirling. Position held: Advisory board member
  • Infill development precedents: a study of international exemplars (2014-2015) for the 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban design
  • Regional planning
  • new city development
  • urban consolidation
  • multi-functional public open space


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