Jillian Walliss researches the relationship between theory, culture and contemporary design practice. Her current focus is on two areas: digital technologies and their application in landscape architecture and evolving notions of civic in the twenty-first century. Her interest in technologies was provoked by the challenge of embedding digital technology within design studio. Outcomes from this studio experience and accompanying research has been published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, International Journal of Art & Design Education, presented at international conferences including the Digital Landscape Architecture Conference and CUMULUS: International Conference for Design Education Researchers and featured as a case study for the Studio Teaching Forum 2009: Enriching creative arts learning project.
More recently, in collaboration with Dr Heike Rahmann, this interest has expanded into an inquiry into the digital design practice of landscape architecture practice.In 2016 their book Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies : re-conceptualising design and making was published by Routledge.
Drawing on interviews and projects from a range of international designers, including Snøhetta, Arup, Gustafson Porter, ASPECT Studios, Grant Associates, Catherine Mosbach, Philippe Rahm, PARKKIM, LAAC and PEG office of landscape + architecture among others, this book explores the influence of parametric modelling, scripting, real-time data, simulation, prototyping, fabrication and Building Information Modelling on the design and construction of contemporary landscapes. This engagement with practice is expanded through critical reflection from academics involved in landscape architecture programs around the world that are reshaping their research and pedagogy to reflect an expanded digital realm.
Her most recent work explores the potential of digital technologies to produce a new generation