Graeme Hopkins

External Researcher


Graeme Hopkins is a Registered Landscape Architect, Registered Architect and a Churchill Fellow.  He is a principle of Fifth Creek Studio, and since the 1980s he has developed expertise in WSUD design and implementation, and the use of landscape strategies and natural systems within urban environments to provide climate change adaptation, with a particular focus on micro climate modification through the use of living architecture technologies such as green roofs and walls.  He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2005 to study green roofs and walls overseas.

 His book Living Architecture: Green roofs and walls (co-authored with Christine Goodwin) was published by CSIRO Publishing in mid-2011. Fifth Creek Studio was awarded the AILA South Australia Medal for Landscape Architecture 2012-13 for the book.  He recently completed three research and monitoring projects funded jointly by the South Australian government and Aspen Development:  a living wall feasibility study for Adelaide’s climate, an innovative hybrid living wall system designed by Fifth Creek Studio and Woods Bagot for multi-storey buildings; and green roof trials to enable the development of an insulation performance tool for particular use in hot dry climates. This suite of projects won the 2013 AILA SA Excellence Award in the category of Research and Communications in Landscape Architecture.

 Since 2013 Graeme has developed and presented a summer school course at the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Built Environment, entitled Living Architecture: Green roofs and green walls. This course encompasses students from the various disciplines with the faculty and is run over an intensive 2 weeks each January as semester unit.


Selected publications:

Hopkins, G 2014, Living Architecture: Modifying the micro climate of urban canyons, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014

Hopkins, G & A/Prof Corkey, L, Green roofs and walls – Training the next generation of living architecture professionals, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014

Hopkins, G, Developing an R –Value for green roofs in the hot dry city environment of Adelaide, World Green Roof Congress Copenhagen, 2012

Hopkins, G, Better Landscape Better Life – Living Architecture Strategies : Creating Micro Climates for Human Comfort, International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia –Pacific Region Congress, Shanghai China, 2012

Hopkins, G & Goodwin, C. 2011, Living Architecture: Green Roofs and Walls, CSIRO Publishing, Aust.

Hopkins, G & Goodwin, C. ‘Landscape Urbanism for Adelaide’ (chp & boxes), Adelaide: Water of a City, Daniels, C (Ed.), 2010.

Goodwin, C and Hopkins, G. ‘Bushtops – Eco-Friendly Gardens for High-Density Living’ (chp & boxes), Adelaide: Nature of a City, Daniels, C and Tait, C. (Ed.), 2005.

Track record:

Registered Architect.

Registered Landscape Architect.