Dr Christopher Smith

PhD,UoN, Australia; BArch, UoN, Australia; BSc(Arch), UoN, Australia; PCAP and Membership of the Higher Education Academy, Newcastle, UK.
Associate Professor

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5905

Biographical details

Chris L. Smith is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné. Chris has lectured internationally. His research is concerned with the interdisciplinary nexus of philosophy, biology and architectural theory. He has published on the political philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; technologies of the body; and the influence of ‘the eclipse of Darwinism’ phase on contemporary architectural theory. Presently Chris is concentrating upon the changing relation the discourses of philosophy, biology and architecture maintain in respect to notions of matter and materiality and the medicalisation of architecture.

I am presently working on two key projects: The first is an edited text that is the result of a conference I co-organised in the UK with Andrew Ballantyne and Sally Jane Norman titled Architecture in the Space of Flows. The text will focus on the understanding of selves, buildings and cities as modulators of flows. This project draws upon research conducted through the Tectonic Cultures Research Group and the Cultural Technologies of the Body Research Group at Newcastle University UK. The second project is titled 'Architectures: Critical and Clinical'. This project explores a method derived from the work of Gilles Deleuze for the analysis of deployments of body constructs from medical to architectural theory. This work will extend from and contextualise a number of my published papers.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné

2011 | Treasurer of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia

Research interests

  • Connections between biology, philosophy and architectural theory.
  • Matter, materiality and medicalisation of architecture.

Teaching and supervision

Associations

  • Architecture Programs Committee, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
  • Architecture Management Committee, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.
  • NSW Australian Institute of Architecture Education Committee

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • From Alchemists Den to Science City: The Architecture and the expression of Experimental Science; Kaji-O'Grady S, Smith C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Edited Books

  • Ballantyne, A., Smith, C. (2012). Architecture in the Space of Flows. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, C. (2013). A Fetishist, his Mechanic and her Pencil. In Ross Anderson (Eds.), Analogue, (pp. 9-14). Christchurch: Freerange Press.
  • Smith, C. (2013). Architectures, Critical and Clinical. In Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo (Eds.), Deleuze and Architecture, (pp. 230-244). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Smith, C. (2013). Fit to Burst: Bodies, Organs and Complex Corporealities. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 114-124). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Ballantyne, A., Smith, C. (2012). Fluxions. In Andrew Ballantyne and Christopher Smith (Eds.), Architecture in the Space of Flows, (pp. 1-39). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, C. (2012). the body, the theatre and speech. In Dagmar Reinhardt (Eds.), Youtopia. A Passion for the Dark: Architecture at the Intersection of Digital Processes and Theatrical Performance, (pp. 89-95). Melbourne, Australia: Freerange Press.
  • Smith, C. (2010). Preceding an Architectural Body. In Benesch. K; Meikle, J; Nye, D and Orvell, M. (Eds.), Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins, (pp. 125-142). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Smith, C. (2009). To Lighten: in the glare of 01 Bligh. In Francis-Jones, Richard; Ruan, Xing; Nield, Lawrence; Van Der Plaat, Deborah (Eds.), Skyplane: What effect do towers have on urbanism, sustainability, the workplace and historic city centres, (pp. 160-173). Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Smith, C. (2005). Differential Mechanisms: form and matter and Sado-Masochism. In Koen De Temmerman (Eds.), The Erotic: Approaches to A Cultural Contextualisation, (pp. 23-30). UK: Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
  • Smith, C. (2004). New Territories: Biology, Architecture, and the Hopeful Monster. In Paul L. Yoder and Peter Mario Kreuter (Eds.), Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, (pp. 57-68). UK: Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
  • Smith, C. (2003). The Impassive Politics of Text: Speech-acts and the Body of Architecture. In Elisabeth Tostrup, Christian Hermansen (Eds.), (Theorising) history in architecture, (pp. 107-115). Oslo: Arkitekthøgskolen i Oslo.

Journals

  • Smith, C., Kaji-OGrady, S. (2014). Exaptive Translations between Biology and Architecture. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 18(2), 155-166.
  • Smith, C., Manan, M. (2014). Skateboarding with Roland Barthes: Architecture, Myth and Evidence. Journal for Cultural Research. [More Information]
  • Smith, C., Mohd, S. (2014). Text, textiles and techne: On the Barthesian myth of the T-shirt. Textile, 12(2), 201-221.
  • Manan, M., Smith, C. (2012). Beyond Building: Architecture through the Human Body. Alam Cipta: International Journal on Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice, 5(1), 35-42.
  • Daly, A., Smith, C. (2011). Architecture, Cigarettes and the Dispositif. Architectural Theory Review, 16(1), 22-37. [More Information]
  • Smith, C., Ballantyne, A. (2010). Flow: architecture, object and relation. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 14(1), 21-27. [More Information]
  • Smith, C. (2009). Text and Deployment of the Masochist. Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 14(3), 45-57. [More Information]
  • Smith, C. (2008). Guest Editorial: Thinking Flows. Architectural Theory Review, 13(3), 271-273.
  • Smith, C. (2006). The Problem of Writing Architecture: Knots, Restraint and Pleasure. Journal for Cultural Research, 10(2), 185-197.

Conferences

  • Smith, C. (2012). Libidinal Economies: Architectural Membranes and the Surface of Desire. Economy : A conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff University.
  • Smith, C. (2002). The Habit and its Fictions: Analogy and the Appropriate(d) Body of Architecture. XIXth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

Textual Creative Works

  • Smith, C. (2011). Texture. aMaze 2011, (pp. 38 - 39). Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.
  • Smith, C. (2010). Columns and Clouds. Metamorphoses, (pp. 2 - 7). Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Benton, S., Anderson, R., Smith, C., Niemela, M. (2010). Metamorphoses. Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.
  • Smith, C. (2009). Metaphors of Space. Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Writers Festival 2009.
  • Smith, C. (2006). Architectural Interventions in the Body. Queen’s Campus, Durham University, UK., Durham, United Kingdom: Queen's Campus University.
  • Smith, C. (2005). City Sense Showcase. The Park Centre, Cruddas Park, UK, Cruddas Park, United Kingdom: Northern Architecture for Architecture week.
  • Smith, C. (2005). The Bolam Coyne Event Competition Exhibition. The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, UK, Newcastle, United Kingdom: Newcastle University, UK.
  • Smith, C. (2004). Interventions. Jesmond Dene, UK, United Kingdom: Jesmond Dene and the Armstrong Banqueting Hall.

2014

  • Smith, C., Kaji-OGrady, S. (2014). Exaptive Translations between Biology and Architecture. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 18(2), 155-166.
  • Smith, C., Manan, M. (2014). Skateboarding with Roland Barthes: Architecture, Myth and Evidence. Journal for Cultural Research. [More Information]
  • Smith, C., Mohd, S. (2014). Text, textiles and techne: On the Barthesian myth of the T-shirt. Textile, 12(2), 201-221.

2013

  • Smith, C. (2013). A Fetishist, his Mechanic and her Pencil. In Ross Anderson (Eds.), Analogue, (pp. 9-14). Christchurch: Freerange Press.
  • Smith, C. (2013). Architectures, Critical and Clinical. In Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo (Eds.), Deleuze and Architecture, (pp. 230-244). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Smith, C. (2013). Fit to Burst: Bodies, Organs and Complex Corporealities. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 114-124). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2012

  • Ballantyne, A., Smith, C. (2012). Architecture in the Space of Flows. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Manan, M., Smith, C. (2012). Beyond Building: Architecture through the Human Body. Alam Cipta: International Journal on Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice, 5(1), 35-42.
  • Ballantyne, A., Smith, C. (2012). Fluxions. In Andrew Ballantyne and Christopher Smith (Eds.), Architecture in the Space of Flows, (pp. 1-39). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, C. (2012). Libidinal Economies: Architectural Membranes and the Surface of Desire. Economy : A conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff University.
  • Smith, C. (2012). the body, the theatre and speech. In Dagmar Reinhardt (Eds.), Youtopia. A Passion for the Dark: Architecture at the Intersection of Digital Processes and Theatrical Performance, (pp. 89-95). Melbourne, Australia: Freerange Press.

2011

  • Daly, A., Smith, C. (2011). Architecture, Cigarettes and the Dispositif. Architectural Theory Review, 16(1), 22-37. [More Information]
  • Smith, C. (2011). Texture. aMaze 2011, (pp. 38 - 39). Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.

2010

  • Smith, C. (2010). Columns and Clouds. Metamorphoses, (pp. 2 - 7). Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.
  • Smith, C., Ballantyne, A. (2010). Flow: architecture, object and relation. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 14(1), 21-27. [More Information]
  • Benton, S., Anderson, R., Smith, C., Niemela, M. (2010). Metamorphoses. Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.
  • Smith, C. (2010). Preceding an Architectural Body. In Benesch. K; Meikle, J; Nye, D and Orvell, M. (Eds.), Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins, (pp. 125-142). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2009

  • Smith, C. (2009). Metaphors of Space. Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Writers Festival 2009.
  • Smith, C. (2009). Text and Deployment of the Masochist. Angelaki-Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 14(3), 45-57. [More Information]
  • Smith, C. (2009). To Lighten: in the glare of 01 Bligh. In Francis-Jones, Richard; Ruan, Xing; Nield, Lawrence; Van Der Plaat, Deborah (Eds.), Skyplane: What effect do towers have on urbanism, sustainability, the workplace and historic city centres, (pp. 160-173). Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2008

  • Smith, C. (2008). Guest Editorial: Thinking Flows. Architectural Theory Review, 13(3), 271-273.

2006

  • Smith, C. (2006). Architectural Interventions in the Body. Queen’s Campus, Durham University, UK., Durham, United Kingdom: Queen's Campus University.
  • Smith, C. (2006). The Problem of Writing Architecture: Knots, Restraint and Pleasure. Journal for Cultural Research, 10(2), 185-197.

2005

  • Smith, C. (2005). City Sense Showcase. The Park Centre, Cruddas Park, UK, Cruddas Park, United Kingdom: Northern Architecture for Architecture week.
  • Smith, C. (2005). Differential Mechanisms: form and matter and Sado-Masochism. In Koen De Temmerman (Eds.), The Erotic: Approaches to A Cultural Contextualisation, (pp. 23-30). UK: Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
  • Smith, C. (2005). The Bolam Coyne Event Competition Exhibition. The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, UK, Newcastle, United Kingdom: Newcastle University, UK.

2004

  • Smith, C. (2004). Interventions. Jesmond Dene, UK, United Kingdom: Jesmond Dene and the Armstrong Banqueting Hall.
  • Smith, C. (2004). New Territories: Biology, Architecture, and the Hopeful Monster. In Paul L. Yoder and Peter Mario Kreuter (Eds.), Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, (pp. 57-68). UK: Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.

2003

  • Smith, C. (2003). The Impassive Politics of Text: Speech-acts and the Body of Architecture. In Elisabeth Tostrup, Christian Hermansen (Eds.), (Theorising) history in architecture, (pp. 107-115). Oslo: Arkitekthøgskolen i Oslo.

2002

  • Smith, C. (2002). The Habit and its Fictions: Analogy and the Appropriate(d) Body of Architecture. XIXth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

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