Dr Elisa Palazzo

Urban Landscape Architect
Landscape Architecture
Built Environment

Dr Palazzo is an architect/urbanist and landscape planner with a broad international experience in both academia and the profession. She is  currently the Coordinator of the Landscape Architecture Master program and Senior Lecturer at UNSW. Her Ph.D. in urban design, regional and environmental planning examined the role of landscape architecture in urban design to achieve more resilient and environmentally sound cities. She has been lecturing in several universities in Italy and China (Pisa and Florence universities, Tsinghua Beijing) besides Australia, in urban design, environmental planning and landscape architecture.
Dr Palazzo is a registered architect and landscape architect. In 20 years with her own practice, studiostudio architetti/urbanisti she has developed large scale public domain projects, including on cultural landscapes, for government and international organisations such as UNESCO. She has collaborated with renowned landscape and urban design institutes such as Fernado Tavora arquitectos in Portugal, Turenscape and THUPDI in China. In the role of Chief designer, she has developed and realized many large scale award-winning urban design projects and plans, dealing with urban regeneration, green infrastructures design and environmental recovery of degraded urban areas and landscapes.

Her current research work focuses on adaptive and transdisciplinary strategies to address environmental change, specifically exploring the role of bio-cultural diversity in the regeneration of urban  socio-ecological systems and cultural landscapes.

Personal website:  Urban Ecosystem-design Lab

On going projects:
2020 - Lead CI - Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Heritage Project. Liverpool council, NSW
2019 - Lead CI - Mapping the resilience of the Bio-cultural landscape of Hunter Valley. HVWTA, NSW
2017 - CI - Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism program. MYER foundation, national project
Past projects:
2017 - Lead CI - Urban Landscape Regeneration in Northern Adelaide. Department of State Development, SA
2016 - CI - Water sensitive cities: Holistic applications of Stormwater Management. With UTM, Kuala Lumpur
2016 - Lead CI - Special Project Fund. Academic Consortium 21 (AC21). Adelaide, Tongji, Strasbourg.
2015 - CI - Evaluation of bio-cultural diversity across an agrarian landscape. DEWNR, SA
Dr Palazzo was the recipient of:
Place Leadership Award 2019 in the frame of the Place Agency project as Placemaking University Leader for UNSW. Place Leaders Asia and the pacific The award recognises significant leadership by an individual or a group who has made a contribution to the advancement of place-making through raising the national and/ or international profile of place-making.
Executive Dean’s award for excellence in teaching 2017, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide.
Her projects and plans received numerous awards. These include two  EUROPAN first prizes in 1996 and 1999 for her works focusing on agricultural production and urban farming in the design of new cities. In 1999, she was the recipient of the "Peter Joseph Lenné Preis", one of the most prestigious prizes in landscape architecture in Europe.

Her realised works received several recognitions for their contribution to participatory planning and innovation in urban landscape design, including among the most significant:

2014    Premio Architettura Territorio Fiorentino, category: Urban spaces and landscape, Fondazione -  Professione Architetto, Firenze – 1st prize

2014    Innovation and Urban Quality Award, Architecture and City. Section new uses and design – 2nd prize

2014    RI.U.SO Award 03. Sustainable Urban Regeneration. Architects National Council, Rome Italy – honourable mention

2014    Premio Legambiente with Architects National Council, Rome Italy – honourable mention

2013    Design for all - Innovation and urban quality Award, Ferrara Italy – 1st prize

2011    The participatory design of public space - Award, Italian National Institute of Urban Planning INU - 3rd prize 

2010    Tuscany Eco Efficiency Award 2010, sustainable mobility - special mention 

Teaching & Supervision: 

Urban landscape design theory and application 

Constructed ecologies design and technology

Supervision Area: 

I am available to supervise HDR (PhD and MPhil). From 2015/2016 have supervised three PhD students and one Post-Doc to successful completion. I am available to supervise in any area pertaining to my research interests and in particular looking for new PhD candidates in the fields of:

Green Washing in Landscape Architecture in Australia and South East Asia.

Urban water management, flood and design

Viticulture as a cultural practice in landscape management 

  • Transition to green urbanism
  • Adaptive and regenerative urban design
  • Urban water resilience and flood management
  • Bush Fire management in peri-urban landscapes
  • Brownfield regeneration