Julian Rutten

Julian Rutten portrait

Julien Rutten with large old trees in Tasmania

Julian Rutten received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne in landscape architecture in 2010, and his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2014. As a teacher he utilises his background in robotics in interdisciplinary design studios. His ongoing research at Swinburne University addresses the global ecological challenges of urbanisation. It reconsiders the notion of place in application to marginalised non-human subjects with a particular focus on plants. This work builds on the latest knowledge in ecology and emerging technologies to develop digital design-practices. Julian’s methods use lidar scanning, photogrammetry, computer tomography and X-ray imaging to support more-than-human co-habitation. Outcomes of this work appeared in academic journals, international exhibitions and as components within practical projects.

Thesis Topic

Laser-Scanned Large Old Tree

Laser-scanned large old tree as a form of heritage

Plants as Co-Designers: Making Places for Plants through Computational Observation, Analysis and Simulation


  • Mark Burry, Director Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Stanislav Roudavski, Senior Lecturer, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne


Roudavski, Stanislav, and Julian Rutten. "Towards More-than-Human Heritage: Arboreal Habitats as a Challenge for Heritage Preservation." Built Heritage 4, no. 4 (2020): 1–7. https://doi.org/10/ggpv66.

Roudavski, Stanislav, Alexander Holland, and Julian Rutten. "Mould Racing, or Ecological Design through Located Data Games." In Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), edited by Rufus Adebayo, Ismail Farouk, Steve Jones, and Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi, 193–00. Durban: Durban University of Technology, 2018. https://doi.org/10/czgc.