Dr Maria Ignatieva

Started at UWA: 2018

Landscape architect and urban ecologist with extensive international experience

I love the opportunity to implement my research findings into real design and to pass my experience and knowledge to the young generation of landscape architects.Dr Maria Ignatieva

Dr Maria Ignatieva is a landscape architect and urban ecologist who teaches and researches at the UWA School of Design. She is head of the School's Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design department.

Her main research interests are urban ecology with particular emphasis on urban biodiversity and design, history of landscape architecture, and the restoration and conservation of historical gardens.

Maria also holds positions as Honorary Doctor of St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, guest researcher at Humboldt University Berlin, and president of the URBIO (Urban Biodiversity and Design) Network.

She is a member of the Educational Committee of Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Advisory Circle of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Maria has lived and worked in Russia, the USA, New Zealand and Sweden.


  • BSc and MSc (Summa cum laude) 1982
  • PhD 1987
Research Repository

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2019 Russian National Award in Landscape Architecture

Association of Landscape Architects of Russia (ALAROS) National Award in Landscape Architecture For Outstanding Professional Achievements and Community Service

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Green Flag Award

2017 Green Flag Award (UK) for realisation of lawn alternatives at the SLU Campus (Uppsala, Sweden)

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2013 Russian National Award in Landscape Architecture

2013 Russian National Award in Landscape Architecture: Best Publication of the Year for "The Gardens of Old and New World"




UWA Collaboration research grant

  • Interdisciplinary multiscale vision for a liveable, resilient and biophilic Perth


Formas (Sweden)

  • Lawn as an ecological and cultural phenomenon: Searching for sustainable lawns in Sweden


SLU Climate Project

  • Towards sustainable lawns: Searching for alternative cost effective and climate friendly lawns in Ultuna Campus

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Towards Biophilic Resilient City: searching for sustainable green infrastructure in Perth

This project aims to study green areas such as urban parks, private gardens, street and road plantings, green roofs, green walls and other types of urban greenery and offer integrated green infrastructure framework as a foundation for the sustainable biophilic city.



Supervisor opportunities

Maria has been supervising PhD students for over 22 years, covering topics such as green spaces in Sweden, China and Australia. She welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students interested in urban ecology and ecological design. Contact Maria at to discuss further.

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