Dr Kaan Ozgun

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 69082


Kaan Ozgun has recently started to work as a post doctorate research fellow for the Collaborative Research Centre Water Sensitive cities (CRCWSC) in the school of Architecture. After studying landscape architecture in Turkey and Germany, he completed his PhD focusing on green infrastructure, renewable energy integrated public space and sustainability with his doctoral thesis being nominated for the outstanding doctoral thesis award at the Queensland University of Technology.

Kaan had over thirteen years' experience working in academia and industry in Australia, Europe and Turkey. His interdisciplinary PhD research incorporate the agency of design practice into research studies leading to the development of a precinct scale design and planning framework, directly addressed issues related to integrating environmentally sustainable and climate adaptive infrastructure in urban public spaces. His research and design studies has also been deeply informed by Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles.

Kaan’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the relationship between the urban landscape, architecture and green infrastructure as well as their evolving coexistence in creating resilient liveable cities and sustainable human environments.

Research Interests

  • Water Sensitive Cities
    Urban Intensification and green Infrastructures: Using an integrated approach with the focus of water sensitive design principles for generating precinct scale demonstration projects to inform the new infill development in South East Queensland
  • Advanced mapping and spatial analysis
    Integrating advanced mapping techniques to design practice and evidence based planning. Using QGIS spatial analysis to inform design and planning decisions. Incorporating environmental and socio-economic data for landuse spatial analysis.
  • Energy responsive, water conscious, food production friendly planning and design
    Investigating strategies, principles, design and planning frameworks, local resource production and management practices within the use of energy, water and food. Waste-resource relationship and how can be incorporated into the design of urban environment.
  • The smart public space: Emergy, Information, Public space
    Emergy (Energy quality) concept links public open space and on-site renewable energy generation in the information domain. A smart multi-functional productive public space also becomes a vibrant platform to educate public.
  • Urban resilience and sustainability assessment practices
    Micro climate, urban heat island, urban landscape sustainability assessment and public space emergy analysis
  • Design research: Research on/by/for design
    Developing methods to incorporate design practice into research studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology


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Book Chapter

  • Ozgun, Kaan, Feher, Kylie, Fernando, Ruwan and Weir, Ian (2013). Terra Preta (Agriculture+Art+Algorithm). In Caroline Klein and LAGI (Ed.), Regenerative Infrastructures: Freshkills Park NYC, Land Art Generator Initiative (pp. 225-225) New York, NY, United States: Prestel.

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