Ursula de Jong is an architectural historian in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University. She is a scholar of the nineteenth-century Gothic Revival, and has written much about Wardell. De Jong is also researcher of place. She has been instrumental in the formation and master planning of Point Nepean National Park. In 2017 she was appointed to the National Parks Advisory Council (Victorian State Government), and as Chair of the National Parks Reference Committee. De Jong was lead investigator on the recently completed Australia Research Council Sea Change Linkage Grant (2011-2016), with colleagues Dr Robert Fuller and Dr David Beynon, which considered the impact of change on the coastal communities of Sorrento and Queenscliff in Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), chairing the NTA(V) Heritage Committee. She was NTA(V) member of the Heritage Council of Victoria (1 July 2010 - 30 June 2016). In 2016 de Jong was appointed a member of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board (NLAAB) which is an Advisory Board to the Australian Catholic Bishops.