Biophilia and Deep Connections to Place: Design that Matters Masterclass

Biophilia and Deep Connections to Place: Design that Matters Masterclass

The Live+Smart Research Laboratory at the School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University invites you to join this free online masterclass.

The event includes a public lecture by Associate Professor Dr Phillip B. Roös, followed by keynote presentations and a panel discussion including Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects), Nick Griffin (McGregor Coxall) and Eduard Ross (Grimshaw). Presentations and panel discussions include how biophilic design can be applied to community facilities at an early stage of the planning and design process. The case study of the new Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre will be used as an exemplar of integral design and planning. ‘Biophilia and Deep Connections to Place’ will review Indigenous Design, Landscape Design and Architectural Design that supports our innate affiliation to the natural world and the land. 

Moderated by Deakin Scholar Lana Van Galen, the panel discussions highlight how co-design between the Hobsons Bay City Council, the Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre Committee and key stakeholders from the initiation stage of the project can result in a ‘Design that Matters’.

Date: Thursday, 9th December 2021    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM AEDT

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Presenter Biographies:

Dr Phillip Roös is the Director of the Live+Smart Research Laboratory and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. He has been working as an environmental design professional and architect for more than 30 years on an extensive range of large-scale projects in Europe, Africa and Australasia. His interests are centred on the human–nature relationship and the identification of optimised design processes based on a regenerative-adaptive pattern language theory. This approach incorporates the principles of biophilia and regenerative design as well as an adaptive pattern language that re-establishes our wholeness with nature and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape. His recent book titled ‘Regenerative-Adaptive Design for Sustainable Development, A Pattern Language Approach’ (Springer, 2021), has been hailed by Professor Mark DeKay as “a radical and visionary work of immanent practicality… a new manner of thinking if humanity wants to survive”.


Jefa Greenaway is Founder/Director of Greenaway Architects, a University of Melbourne Senior Lecturer, and Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. He’s championed Indigenous led design thinking for 25+ years as a registered architect in NSW/VIC, as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria (IADV), as co-author of the award winning International Indigenous Design Charter, and as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Network).

Greenaway Architects is a founding signatory, one of 29 leading practices nationally, of ‘Architects Declare Australia’ an initiative highlighting the acute need to respond to the climate emergency and the challenges of biodiversity loss. Jefa is co-curator (with Tristan Wong) of ‘InBetween’, the Australian exhibition at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2020/21 and was recently included in the Qantas 100 Inspiring Australians, and was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2020, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Australian design industry.


Nick Griffin has over 10 years international experience in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Nick is co-Leader of McGregor Coxall’s Melbourne studio where he is jointly responsible for the practice’s Victorian operations and leading project teams. Nick’s expertise lies in leading and managing the design of complex, ecologically and culturally sensitive projects across transport, tourism and urban development sectors. He is passionate about regenerative design, circular economy and engagement with traditional custodians of place, this drives his resolve for innovative project outcomes that address our urgent need to live safely within our planetary boundaries.


Eduard Ross joined Grimshaw’s London studio in 2007 and is now a Principal with the practice. He has been working in the Melbourne studio since 2019. Eduard has led large design teams for major international projects, including the Oman Botanic Garden which is currently under construction. Within a highly sensitive site, the Garden conserves and celebrates Oman’s endemic flora, while creating a landmark tourist attraction and botanical research facility. In Melbourne, Eduard has led the Twelve Apostles Precinct Masterplan as the key client interface and design team lead to provide a world-class and state significant project with a bold and clear vision. He is now leading the design team for the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre.

Through incorporating regenerative, climate resilient and biophilic design principles, Ed strives to design and deliver architecture that can positively address the challenges facing modern society. With a keen interest in the relationship between the built form and the natural world, he aims to create buildings with smaller footprints which have a closer relationship with their surroundings.

Lana Van Galen is a Teaching Scholar at the Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment and member of the Live+Smart Research Laboratory. She has been a practicing architect for more than 20 years across residential, commercial, and educational buildings, and has brought that experience into research, industry engagement and tertiary education. As an architect and lecturer, with an interest in ethics in professional practice, Indigenous knowledge, and the use of biophilic patterns in the built environment, her life-long appreciation of nature has informed a design and teaching approach which seeks to harmoniously integrate built and natural environments.  Lana has been involved in the formulation of the Hobson’s Bay Wetland Centre brief to architects and as a contributing artist to the 2021 Geelong Design Week ‘Aquaphilia’ exhibition.