Scott Hawken

Dr Scott Hawken

Director Landscape Architecture

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr. Scott Hawken is a Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, and Landscape Archaeologist and his research and teaching bring together these three disciplines in creative ways. He is a strong supporter of the kind of transdisciplinary thinking necessary to tackle the large problems of our time. Scott is the director of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design program in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. He works across the architecture and landscape architecture programs in the school and convenes postgraduate courses in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. He is co-chair of AILA's National Biodiversity Positive Working Group and a strong advocate for creative design and planning that addresses the biodiversity crisis. He has recently led projects that bring together global knowledge on rapid urban greening to help turnaround biodiversity loss in Adelaide and other cities.

His Ph.D., awarded in 2012, involved the mapping of over 20,000km of archaeological features from 1000 sq km of remote sensing imagery to gain new insights into the evolution and ecology of archaeological landscapes and green infrastructure within Southeast Asia, It generated new knowledge on the socio-economic and ecological adaptation strategies of Angkor, the world’s largest pre-modern city. Such insights advance understanding of green infrastructure and social-ecological change in a long-term context which is important for today’s societies and their adaptation to climate change and urbanization. The findings are highly significant in the context of the sustainability and durability of socio-ecological systems within megacities.

Scott’s research has appeared in feature-length National Geographic and BBC documentaries shot on-site in Cambodia. He brings his deep understanding of past urban environments to bear on current questions of long-term urban sustainability and he has published on Southeast Asian and Asian Urbanism in leading international journals. He is currently on the editorial board for Environment and Urbanisation ASIA. Theoretically, Dr. Hawken's research spans critical urban scholarship, radical political ecology, and landscape archaeology. Methodologically he makes use of high-end geospatial technologies including GIS, remote sensing, Geodesign, and on-the-ground survey to enable the integration of “big data” into real-world applications. His work on smart cities theory seeks to identify how digital technologies are changing cities.

His courses typically engage with both local and international public and private agencies around the world. He has led international workshops in New York, Japan, Delhi, Chennai, Madrid, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, and Cape Town for postgraduate students, professionals, and governments. He has worked at UNSW Sydney as part of the Urban Development and Design Program for nine years and prior to that, he worked with leading landscape and urban design practices such as Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Room 413, and Terragram as well as the NSW Govt Architect. He has worked on various significant masterplans and projects such as landscape masterplans for Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta Park, the Sydney Green Grid, Barangaroo, and Sydney's Circular Quay.

Scott is a passionate and innovative teacher and is currently interested in supervising Ph.D. students in the areas of cultural landscapes, landscape archaeology, urban design, smart cities, and green and blue infrastructure. He is available for media appearances and can be contacted by email.

  • Scheme: AUSTRALIA-JAPAN FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM
  • Funding agency: DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
  • Grant name: miyawaki miniforests and smart green networks
  • Start date: 2021
  • Lead CI: Hawken
  • Amount: total project funding $25,000
  • Scheme: UNSW-TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FUND - SEED GRANTS
  • Funding agency: UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
  • Grant name: knowledge exchange on data augmented design for sustainable cities
  • UNSW Grant number: RG180121
  • Start date: 1 March 2018
  • Lead CI: Hawken and Long
  • Amount: total project funding $30,000
  • Scheme: SJTU-UNSW COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FUND - SEED GRANT
  • Funding agency: UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
  • Grant name: joint research on urban eco-planning for green infrastructure and sponge city
  • UNSW Grant number: RG173401
  • Start date: 1 January 2018
  • Lead CIs: Hawken and Che
  • Amount: total project funding $25,000
  • Scheme: Geodesign - Liverpool Collaboration Area
  • Funding agency: Planning and Environment NSW
  • Grant name: Contract Research
  • UNSW Grant number: RG172579/
  • Start date: 30-Aug-2017 - 15-Dec-2017
  • Lead CI: Pettit, Ticzon, Afrooz, Leao, Hawken
  • Amount: total project funding $50,027
  • Scheme: Developing a framework for collaborative multi-agency scenario planning
  • Funding agency: SYDNEY WATER CORPORATION
  • Grant name: Contract Research
  • UNSW Grant number: RG161897
  • Start date: 16-May-2016 - 30-Sep-2016
  • Lead CI: Pettit, Hawken, Lieske, Ticzon, Afrooz, Leao,
  • Amount: total project funding $60,000
  • Scheme: AUSTRALIA-KOREA FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM
  • Funding agency: DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
  • Grant name: open innovation workshop for korea-australia smart cities service trade
  • UNSW Grant number: RG151618
  • Start date: 3 August 2015
  • Funder reference number: AKF2015GRANT0134
  • Lead CI: Han
  • Amount: total project funding $15,000 + 25,000 in industry contributions
  • Scheme: IAN POTTER CULTURAL TRUST TRAVEL GRANTS
  • Funding agency: IAN POTTER FOUNDATION
  • Grant name: the economic foundations of angkor: the economic landscape, grama work units, and the temple economy.
  • Lead CI: Hawken
  • Amount: total project funding $3,000
  • Scheme: Endeavour Research Fellowship
  • Funder: Austraining International
  • Date: 2007-2008
  • Grant name: Metropolis of Ricefields
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Scheme: Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship
  • Funder: Marten Bequest
  • Category: Architecture - For Talented Australians in the Arts          
  • Date: 2007-2008
  • Grant name: Landscape Archaeology of Angkor
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Scheme: Carlyle Greenwell Bequest For Archaeological Studies
  • Funder: Sydney University
  • Date: 2006, 2009
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Scheme: Frank Coaldrake Scholarship
  • Funder: Sydney University Grants in Aid
  • For East Asian and Melanesian Studies
  • Date: 2009
  • Amount: $2,400
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  • Scheme: Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
  • Category: Archaeology
  • Date: 2006 – 2009
  • Amount: $33,000 p.a
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Rapid Urban Greening to address the Biodiversity Crisis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Maximilian Dirk McQuillan
    2022 Co-Supervisor Assessing the potential of urban voids for increasing landscape connectivity in Adelaide, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jian Cui
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor A Turn Based Strategy Game Set in 11th Century Cambodia Monash MPhil (IT) Master Full Time Michael Yeats
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Smart Sustainable City Development for the New Indonesian Capital City: Modeling Optimal Urban Performance for Future City UNSW Sydney Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment (Planning) Doctorate Full Time Dody Arfiansyah
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Understanding Community’s Perspectives: Building Resilience in Urban Settlements. The case of kampung in Surabaya, Indonesia University of New South Wales Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment (Planning) Doctorate Full Time Shirleyana
  • Position: Director Landscape Architecture
  • Phone: 83133507
  • Email: scott.hawken@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Barr Smith South, floor 5
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture and Built Environment

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