Julian Raxworthy is an Australian landscape architect and academic, soon to reside in Dubai, after 5 years in Cape Town. He is currently an Honorary Associate Professor with the ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History) at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Overgrown: practices between landscape architecture and gardening, published in Fall 2018 by The MIT Press.

Julian Raxworthy PhD

landscape architect, researcher, critic, teacher.


Julian Raxworthy is a Landscape Architect from Australia with 25 years practice and academic experience. Initially working as a landscape tradesman, he studied at Ryde Horticulture TAFE, later becoming a landscape architect after graduating with his undergraduate degree (with honours) and research masters degree (by design) in landscape architecture, both from RMIT, Australia. He has a PhD from the University of Queensland, where he is a Honorary Associate Professor with the ATCH (Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History) Research Centre.


As a registered landscape architect in Australia, Julian worked extensively with Aspect Studios, both in Melbourne where he helped develop the practice as Design Manager, and in Sydney, where he co-founded their internationally recognised Sydney Studio. Later, he worked as Principal Landscape Architect for award-winning architecture practices in such as Donovan Hill in Brisbane (now part of Bligh Voller Neild), and most recently for Wolff Architects, in Cape Town, where he is also a registered landscape architect in South Africa.


Academically, he has been tenured faculty at RMIT University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane and at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, where he has taught into landscape architecture, urban design and architecture programs. He has also taught internationally, notably at the University of Virginia, where he organised a Myles H.Thaler symposium and was visiting professor, but also as a guest at universities in Europe, including at the Ecole Superior Nationale du Paysage (ENSP) Versailles. He has presented key note lectures at the IV European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, LOCUS ISTE in Denmark and EASY GOING, at the Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam.


A co-founder of Kerb, the student landscape architecture journal from RMIT (now in its 26th edition), he writes regularly about contemporary landscape projects, in Australia for Landscape Architecture Australia, Monument, Architecture Australia and Architectural Review Australia, and internationally in Topos, SCAPE and LAM. In 2004, he co-edited The MESH Book: Landscape & Infrastructure, published by RMIT Press, and in 2011 Sun publishers in Amsterdam published Sunburnt: Landscape Architecture in Australia, which he co-authored. His most recent book is Overgrown: practices between landscape architecture and gardening, which was published in 2018 by The MIT Press, and was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, for whom he lectured in Chicago recently on the book, also speaking at Harvard GSD, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.

Skills & Experience

  • Landscape architecture and urban design professional practice

  • Design studio, history and theory, and digital technology teaching at a graduate level

  • Design software including AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, Adobe Creative Suite

  • Masters research and PhD dissertation supervision

  • Landscape construction and gardening


Teaching & Research Interests

  • Dialogue between design representations of landscape architecture and real time practices of gardening

  • Landscape design studio with an emphasis on design process and formal outcome

  • Practice based research, using student dissertations and design studio’s as case studies

  • Landscape design theory, particularly developing a decolonized history and theory curriculum

  • Parametric landscape architecture and urban design with Revit and Grasshopper

  • Fostering black/indigenous practitioners and academics

  • Non-western historic and contemporary cities.


  • National Research Foundation (NRF)

NRF Rating C3 (2015 - )

  • South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP)

Professional Landscape Architect (2015 - 2018)

  • University of Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2003 –2013)

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Registered Landscape Architect (1997 – 2010)

  • RMIT University, Melbourne

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)
(1993 – 1995) 

Master of Landscape Architecture (1996 –2002)

  • TAFE NSW Ryde Campus

Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Landscape) (1988 –1992)

Bush Regeneration Certificate (1991)


  • Free Range LA

Director (2008 - )

  • Wolff Architects

Principal Landscape Architect (2018)

  • University of Cape Town

Senior Lecturer (2014 – 2019)

Convenor, Master of Landscape Architecture/
Master of Urban Design

  • University of Virginia

Visiting Professor (2012)

  • Queensland University of Technology

Senior Lecturer (2006 – 2011)

  • Donovan Hill Architects

Principal Landscape Architect (2008 – 2009)​​

  • University of Western Australia, Perth

Visiting Research Fellow (2004)

  • ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd

Design Manager (1997 – 2003)

  • RMIT University, Melbourne

Senior Lecturer (1997 – 2003)

  • Belt Collins Australia

Landscape Technician/Graduate Landscape Architect (1994 – 1996)

  • Woollahra Municipal Council

Landscaper (1990 – 1993)


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