Dr Greg Mews

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Areas of interest: Conscious cities, public space, public life, health and well-being, child-friendly environments, play spaces, play, urban design, production of space, social encounter, non-linear design thinking, co-design, co-production

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Canberra), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Technische Universitat Berlin), Postgraduate diploma in Research Methods and Design (University of Canberra), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Technische Universitat Berlin)

Adding quality to urban environments- Dr. Gregor (Greg) H. Mews joined the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology as a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture.

His philosophy is based on social constructivism researching the nexus of human condition in relation to spatial practice, sustainable and healthy development with humanities collective bio-history in mind. Greg uses a range of mixed- research methods to make a difference in the real world internationally. Growing up in Germany, living in the US and working as an artist, urban planner and design practitioner in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Netherlands and in Australia defined and shaped his thinking. Greg obtained his urban and regional planning degrees at the Technical University of  Berlin, Germany, and Environmental Design degree from the University of Canberra, Australia.

Greg holds an honorary adjunct position at the Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra and is on the Advisory Board for Research into Practice of The Journal for Public Space. He lectures regularly at Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Yale University (USA), University of Canberra (Australia), University of Kassel (Germany) and University of NSW (Australia). Greg has received several high profile research scholarships, nine work-related awards and completed his PhD on the production of space and play.

Greg is strong international voice for human-centrered urban design transcending disciplinary boundaries- in order to enable meaningful change, he founded in 2013 the international “Think and Do” Tank Urban Synergies Group (USG) that is committed to shaping healthy communities worldwide. Prior this calling, he was the Head of Project Development and Corporate Social Responsibility at the global segment market leader in sustainable play space design SIK- Holzgestaltungs GmbH based in Germany. While leading the design and innovation agenda, he advised key clients such as Playmobile Funpark and many capital cities internationally on holistic play space designs.

In the role of the Director of USG, Greg provides strategic policy advice, training and knowledge transfer to clients in international context. He is an active member of the Steering Committee at UN-Habitats World Urban Campaign. Under the conceptual approach of “Right to the City” he advocated for better health and well-being outcomes at the United Nations Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito (Ecuador) in 2016.

Key research areas: Conscious cities, public space, public life, health and well-being,  child-friendly environments, play spaces, play, urban design, production of space, social encounter, non-linear design thinking, co-design, co-production

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  • 2018-19 Development of Research Protocol to measure subjective wellbeing, co-design intervention in public spaces, knowledge transfer and capacity building at partner NGO’s and at the University of Makeni, Copenhagen, Denmark and Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • 2018 Better Suburbs Program ACT government- including delivery of an award-winning international Forum, two keynotes presentations and strategic advice to ACT Government, commissioned research and reports as well as strategic advisory service and implementation of a play space concept, Canberra, Australia
  • 2015 Child friendly cities and sustainable play spaces – strategic advisory service to Health Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2013 Valladolid in Transition- strategic advisory service to community and government organisations, Valladolid, Mexico
  • 2013 Canberra City Plan and Capital Metro – strategic planning advisory service to the ACT government, Australia
  • 2012 Canberra City to the Lake and Australia Forum Urban Renewal Project to the ACT government, Australia
  • 2012 National Capital Authority – National Capital Open Space System Review Committee Member in Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 City Cycle Loop advisory service on implementation to GHD Ltd, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Planning Institute of Australia – Clean Energy Futures – Expert Community Panel Member, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects- Bloom a Healthy Spaces Exhibition 2012, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Molonglo Stage 2 urban development to the ACT Government (greenfield), Canberra, Australia
  • 2009-12 Bicycle Advisory Group to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011 Design for shared space in Bunda Street – Design process advisory service to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011 Campbell Section 5 Redevelopment to the Land Development Agency of the ACT government, Canberra, Australia
  • 2011-13 Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Advisory Committee to the ACT government, Canberra, Australia