Ms Jane Shepherd


Professorial Fellow

School /
Work Unit

Architecture & Design

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3430


Building: 008
Level: 11
Room: 053

City campus


College of Design and Social Context



Bachelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) (Hons), RMIT University.

Master of Landscape Architecture (by research), RMIT University, (current).

Teaching/Work Responsibilities

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture: responsible for the administration and teaching of Professional Practice, Professional Work Experience, Design Studio, technical subjects and courses in the history and theory streams. Jane is also responsible for the selection of students, the marketing and promotion to attract international students, and the pastoral care of these students.

Faculty staff representative on the RMIT Academic Board.

Member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of the Constructed Environment.

Disability Liaison Officer.

Faculty Ceremonial Spokesperson.

Collaborative Projects

‘Use of Indigenous Plants in Urban Landscapes’, a series of industry presentations for an environmental industry training program for Greening Australia, Melbourne, September 2000.

Pentridge Prison Competition: This project was undertaken in conjunction with Melbourne University Landscape Architecture Program. Moreland City Council sponsored a design competition for the development of conceptual master plans for the prison site, concentrating on the designated public space and open space corridors.

Community Service Activities

Hamilton Flexible Learning Centre Landscape Concept Plan: Jane is the leader of a multi-disciplinary team that is preparing the concept plan for the site of the former agricultural research institute.

Moonee Ponds Art Park, City of Moreland: in consultation with the community, public art forms were sited by students.

Research Interests

Jane has a demonstrated commitment to the direct connection between educational and professional practice. Much of her project work at RMIT has been of an interdisciplinary nature across a wide range of urban design and landscape architecture issues with an emphasis on testing the possibilities for ‘sustainability’ in the contemporary city.

Research Projects, Consultancy and Student Project

Master of Landscape Architecture (by research), RMIT University, (current).

Landscape of Freeways

This thesis investigates the development of the freeway landscape in four key Australian projects: the Narrows Interchange Freeway Park, Perth; the Sydney to Newcastle freeway, NSW, stage 1, 1960s; the Eastern Freeway extension, Melbourne, 1990s; and the International Gateway, City Link, Melbourne, 1990s. The thesis proposes that there is a demonstrable shift in freeway landscape design from an early approach where the freeway was inserted into the landscape with cosmetic planting design applied for ‘softening and beautification’, to a contemporary approach, as demonstrated with the Eastern Freeway extension, whereby the freeway’s planning and development was viewed as a comprehensive act of urban design.

Design Consultancies

  • Moreland Civic Centre Precinct: Urban Design Framework
  • West Wyck: An inner urban environmental co-housing project in West Brunswick
  • Tullamarine Freeway Landscape Assessment
  • Hooper Reserve Design Project
  • Eurodoballa Regional Native Botanic Gardens.


1956: Melbourne Modernity and the XVI Olympiad, (co-curator with Simone Slee), landscape exhibition and demonstration garden, Museum of Modern Art at Heide.


1992, Faculty Research Grant (with Lesley Instone), for ‘Women in Landscape Architecture’.

1992 Landscape Architecture Course Development Grant, DEET.

1993, National Teaching Initiative Grant, DEET.

1994, (with Jane Trengrove), Australian Council Grant: Community Art & Design Committee & RMIT Strategic Initiatives Grant, for ‘Olympic Myth’.

1995, Commonwealth Staff Development Award.

1996, Commonwealth Staff Development Award.

1996, Departmental Staff Development Grant.

1996-97, Australian Post Graduate HECS Exemption Scholarship.

1998, Faculty Research Grant, for ‘The Landscape of Freeways’.

2000, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Victorian Chapter, Student Design Award.


Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Australian Garden History Society.

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