Dr Kelly Greenop is a lecturer in the School of Architecture at The Universtiy of Queensland, and also serves as the Director of Engagement. She conducts research within Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) and ATCH, (Architecture | Theory | Criticism | History) research centre both within UQ. Greenop's research falls into two broad themes: the importance of built and cultural landscapes and the impact of this for people; and the recording and interpretation of places using 3D laser scanning technology. Her current research projects include digitally archiving Queensland heritage sites onto the global digital cultural heritage database CyArk (2012-current), and 'Housing for Adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Health Challenges: Assessing the Mantle Apartments Model' (2015-current, with Assoc Prof Lynda Cheshire, Assoc Prof Naomi Stead, Dr Lynda Shevallar, Ms Laura Cox and Dr Peter Westoby). She is an award-winning teacher and has won best paper prizes from the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (2013, with Emily Juckes and Zbigniew Jarzab) and the Australian Institue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2009).
Greenop trained as an architect and later gained a PhD in Anthropology from The University of Queensland. Her research includes a fine-grained analysis of how people live and work in particular places, from an analysis of crowding at the household level (AHURI Project with Paul Memmott and colleagues 2012), to understanding the micro-practices of line-drying washing ('Hung out to Dry' with Naomi Stead and Allison Holland 2015). Greenop has written extensively on the place attachment and importance of Aboriginal place in Brisbane, and on the colonially entangled interpretations of places in Architectural history.
Greenop works with researchers from ATCH,CSIRO and site managers at Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to scan and archive fragile, remote and at-risk sites, and research the use of scanning in architectural heritage practice. She has been instrumental in gaining funding and organising laser scanning of Queensland heritage sites for their digital archiving onto the global digital cultural heritage repository CyArk. This included Australia’s first site on CyArk, Fort Lytton, archived ahead of Sydney’s Opera House in 2012. In 2015 Greenop and colleagues scanned three further sites for inclusion in the prestigious CyArk500 mission to scan and archive 500 of the world’s most precious and vulnerable heritage sites to be uploaded in 2016.