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Dr. Michaela Prescott is a Landscape Architect with experience in both professional and academic contexts. She is a research fellow in the Informal Cities Lab at Monash University. Her practice-based research relates to the urbanisation of water- and river systems, the impact of infrastructure on neighbourhoods and communities, and delivery and sustainability of community-based projects. She is involved in the following funded research projects: Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE); Water for Women: Toolkit for the gender responsive co-design of WASH facilities; and Citarum Action Research Program.

Michaela’s doctorate, ongoing research, design studios and publications primarily focus on the socio-cultural dimensions of landscapes and living environments, and the evolving relation of landscape, infrastructure and urbanisation. She teaches at Monash and RMIT universities, and has been a lecturer at RMIT University, and an invited design critic and guest lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), University Technology Sydney (UTS), and National University Singapore (NUS) Landscape Architecture programs.

Based in Singapore from 2012-2017, she worked on an interdisciplinary research project on rivers in Indonesia (Landscape Ecology, the Ciliwung Project) at the Singapore-ETH Centre, completed a doctorate with ETH Zurich, and worked as a landscape architect at HASSELL Singapore. Over the past decade, she has worked in private and commercial practice in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands, and in municipal landscape design and urban strategic planning in Melbourne, Australia. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, Doctor of Science, Village in the River: transformation of riverine landscapes in vernacular urban settlements in Jakarta, Indonesia, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zurich)

Jan 2012Feb 2017

Award Date: 15 Feb 2017

Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture (Distinction), RMIT University

Feb 2010Dec 2011

Award Date: 14 Dec 2011

Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Design (Distinction), RMIT University

Feb 2006Dec 2008

Award Date: 14 Dec 2011

Research area keywords

  • Landscape architecture
  • Informal Settlements
  • Architecture
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Water Sensitive Cities
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design
  • Riverine Systems

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