Associate Professor Lee Stickells

PhD, UWA; PG Cert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of the West of England; BArch(Hons 1), UWA; BEnv Des, UWA.
Head of Architecture

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2328

Biographical details

Lee Stickells is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He teaches across the areas of architectural design, urban design and the architectural humanities. Lee has a range of professional experience in urban design and architecture – predominantly in Australia and Asia – including with leading Australian practices Donaldson + Warn and Woods Bagot. Before moving to the University of Sydney in 2008, he was Senior Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England, where he taught in architecture and urban design as well as directing the Master of Urban Design program. Lee has also been a sessional tutor and visiting critic at University of Strathclyde, TU Eindhoven, University of Bath, University of Western Australia, University of Technology, Sydney, Curtin University and the University of South Australia.

Lee’s overarching research interest is in connecting architectural experimentation to broader socio-cultural and technological transformations. He focuses particularly on alternative practices in architectural and environmental design from the 1960s onward, which have tended to challenge conventional disciplinary models – rethinking and reconfiguring mainstream education, professional practice, and capital-intensive production.

Research interests

Lee’s current research is concerned with developing histories that connect architecture with the sweeping socio-cultural transformations centred on the 1960s, and informing understandings of the legacy of that turbulent period – especially the architectural and design strategies that have sought to respond to those transformations. He is particularly concerned to place these architectural practices within a global context and to think through the local articulation of international movements. Lee approaches this through intertwined historical research, critical writing and curatorial practices that rethink the boundaries of architecture, its conditions, and territories. Current areas of research include:

  • Alternative and countercultural architecture of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Experimental domesticity in Australian mining settlements
  • Architecture and spatial justice
  • Architecture and the governance of circulation

Teaching and supervision

  • Architecture design studio

  • Architectural and urban design history and theory

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2011

  • New tools and techniques for learning in the field: Studying the built environment; Stickells L; Australian Learning and Teaching Council/Innovation and Development Grants.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Stickells, L. (2013). Swiss Cheese and Beanbags: Producing Interior Urbanism. In Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal (Eds.), The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, (pp. 180-198). London/New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Stickells, L., Warren, S. (2012). An Agonistic Vocabulary - A Litany of Engagement. In Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds.), Beyond Utopia, (pp. 109-112). Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.
  • Stickells, L. (2012). Thinking the Break - texts, tactics and critical architecture in Beyond Utopia. In Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds.), Beyond Utopia, (pp. 82-87). Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2010). Haunting the Boneyard. In Gillian Pye (Eds.), Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, (pp. 59-76). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Shaw, B., Stickells, L. (2010). Things That Go Bump in the Night - What Price to Save Perth's Heritage? In I Alexander, S Greive, D Hedgcock (Eds.), Planning Perspectives From Western Australia: A Reader in Theory and Practice, (pp. 354-366). North Fremantle: Fremantle Press.
  • Stickells, L. (2008). Flow Urbanism: The heterotopia of flows. In Michael Dehaene & Lieven De Cauter (Eds.), Heterotopia and the city: Public Space in a postcivil society, (pp. 247-257). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Leach, A., Taylor, W., Stickells, L. (2013). Editorial: Architecture, Evidence, and "Evidentiality". Architectural Theory Review, 18(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Stickells, L. (2011). A HEAP OF WRECKED MAPS: Re-viewing Kjetil Fallan's "Architecture in Action: Traveling with Actor-network Theory in the Land of Architectural Research" and David Leatherbarrow's "Criticism and Affirmation". Architectural Theory Review, 16(2), 177-183. [More Information]
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architectural Review Australia | The Making of Hong Kong. Architectural Review Australia, June / July(Issue 120), 14-15.
  • Stickells, L. (2010). Conceiving an architecture of movement. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 14(1), 41-51. [More Information]
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Editorial in Special Issue: Sensory Urbanism. Architectural Theory Review, 14(2), 105-107.

Conferences

  • Stickells, L. (2013). "And everywhere those strange polygonal igloos": Framing the history of Australian counterculture architecture. The 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2013, Gold Coast, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L. (2012). Other Australian Architecture: Excavating Alternative Practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). A foray into the vertical common: The practice of utopia. 5th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia AASA 2009, New Zealand: Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia.
  • Stickells, L. (2008). Conceiving an Architecture of Movement. History in Practice: The 25th Annual Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) Conference, Geelong, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2008). Film/Architecture/Narrative. Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space and the Moving Image, Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool.
  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2008). Imaginary Construction: Filmic Processes Within The Architectural Design Studio. DESIGN CINEMA 2008 3rd DESIGN AND CINEMA CONFERENCE 2008, Turkey: IDCC.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2008). Learning more from Las Vegas. History in Practice: The 25th Annual Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) Conference, Geelong, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L. (2006). Architecture and motion: shifting spaces of encounter. Isolation: Disconnection, solitude and seclusion in a connected world, Tasmania.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2006). Questioning History: Conflict between perceived property rights and heritage listing in Perth, Western Australia. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London 30th August – 1st September 2006, UK.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2005). 'There is No Village': Problems of Heritage and Remembering in Perth. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand - SAHANZ 2005, New Zealand: Society of Architectural Historians.
  • Stickells, L. (2005). Flow Urbanism: Heterotopia and Affective Form. European Association of Architectural Education Conference 2005 (EAAE 2005), Belgium: European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).
  • Stickells, L. (2002). Modernism and the Games Village. Additions to Architectural History - XIXth Annual Conference of SAHANZ, Brisbane: Sahanz.

Visual Art

  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2011). Limit.Cycle. In: Limit.Cycle. FraserStudios. FraserStudios - Dwyer St Facade, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.
  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2010). Expanded Architecture 04: Window Wound. In: Expanded Architecture 04: Window Wound. Silvester Fuller Architects. BMA House in Macquarie Street, Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Stickells, L. (2013). Hand Made: The Ecology of a Countercultural Architecture. Not Quite Square: The Story of Northern Rivers Architecture, (pp. 16 - 23). Lismore, Australia: Lismore Regional Gallery.
  • Stickells, L. (2013). User Generated Architecture: Not Quite Square. Not Quite Square, (pp. 17 - 22). Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Editorial: The Right to the City, Rethinking Architecture's Social Significance. Architectural Theory Review, 16 (3), (pp. 213 - 227). Sydney, Australia: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stead, N., Stickells, L., Tawa, M. (2011). Editorial: Untimely Prospects. Architectural Theory Review, Vol 16 No. 2, (pp. 77 - 83). London, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). The Utopian Archipelago. The Right to the City, (pp. 53 - 56). Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.
  • Stickells, L. (2010). Barangaroo: Instant Urbanism - Just Add Water. Architecture Australia, Volume 99 No 3, (pp. 47 - 51). Port Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L., Rice, C. (2010). Interview with Reinhold Martin: 'Utopia's Ghost'. Architectural Theory Review, (pp. 324 - 331). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stickells, L. (2010). Now + When. Architecture Australia, Volume 99 No 5, (pp. 37 - 43). Port Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L. (2010). The inexact science of city building. Monument, 100, (pp. 37 - 38). Sydney, Australia: The Pacific Plus Company.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Mapping Sydney. Architecture Australia, Vol. 98 No.6 Nov/Dec 09, (pp. 25 - 26). Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L., Rykwert, J. (2009). Return to Form. Architectural Review, 109, (pp. 34 - 38). Melbourne, Australia: Niche Media Pty Ltd.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Shifting Views: selected essays on the Architectural Histories of Australia and New Zealand. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Vol. 68, No.3, (pp. 419 - 420). Berkley, United States of America: University of California Press.
  • Stickells, L. (2008). Perth Waterfront: In Response. Architecture Australia, May/June 2008, (pp. 46 - 46). Sydney and Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..

Design or Architectural Works

  • Stickells, L., Zanardo, M., Shelton, B., Thioulouse, N. (2009). Campus Life: A Vision For Harold Park And Environs. Harold Park, Glebe, Australia: The University of Sydney. public. Unrealized.
  • Stickells, L. (2001). The Two Coins. Bristol, United Kingdom.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Stickells, L., Breen Lovett, S., Hamilton, Y. (2011). Expanded Architecture 2011. CarriageWorks, Sydney, Australia: Performance Space.
  • Begg, S., Stickells, L. (2011). The Right to the City. Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2010). Expanded Architecture. Carriage Works, Sydney, Australia: Performance Space.
  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2007). Film/Architecture/Narrative. The Architecture Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom: University of the West of England (UWE).
  • Stickells, L. (2006). Watchet. United Kingdom: Phoenix Arts Centre.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architectural Review Australia | One to Watch: Officer Woods Architects. Architectural Review Australia, 122 (Residential 11), 54-58.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architecture Australia | Interior Urbanism / Portman Space. Architecture Australia, 100 No1, 17-19.

ERA Specific Journals

  • Stead, N., Stickells, L. (2010), Editorial: Special Issue on Writing Architecture. Architectural Theory Review, 15(3), 233-241. [More Information]

2013

  • Stickells, L. (2013). "And everywhere those strange polygonal igloos": Framing the history of Australian counterculture architecture. The 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2013, Gold Coast, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Leach, A., Taylor, W., Stickells, L. (2013). Editorial: Architecture, Evidence, and "Evidentiality". Architectural Theory Review, 18(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Stickells, L. (2013). Hand Made: The Ecology of a Countercultural Architecture. Not Quite Square: The Story of Northern Rivers Architecture, (pp. 16 - 23). Lismore, Australia: Lismore Regional Gallery.
  • Stickells, L. (2013). Swiss Cheese and Beanbags: Producing Interior Urbanism. In Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal (Eds.), The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, (pp. 180-198). London/New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Stickells, L. (2013). User Generated Architecture: Not Quite Square. Not Quite Square, (pp. 17 - 22). Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.

2012

  • Stickells, L., Warren, S. (2012). An Agonistic Vocabulary - A Litany of Engagement. In Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds.), Beyond Utopia, (pp. 109-112). Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.
  • Stickells, L. (2012). Other Australian Architecture: Excavating Alternative Practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L. (2012). Thinking the Break - texts, tactics and critical architecture in Beyond Utopia. In Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds.), Beyond Utopia, (pp. 82-87). Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.

2011

  • Stickells, L. (2011). A HEAP OF WRECKED MAPS: Re-viewing Kjetil Fallan's "Architecture in Action: Traveling with Actor-network Theory in the Land of Architectural Research" and David Leatherbarrow's "Criticism and Affirmation". Architectural Theory Review, 16(2), 177-183. [More Information]
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architectural Review Australia | One to Watch: Officer Woods Architects. Architectural Review Australia, 122 (Residential 11), 54-58.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architectural Review Australia | The Making of Hong Kong. Architectural Review Australia, June / July(Issue 120), 14-15.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Architecture Australia | Interior Urbanism / Portman Space. Architecture Australia, 100 No1, 17-19.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). Editorial: The Right to the City, Rethinking Architecture's Social Significance. Architectural Theory Review, 16 (3), (pp. 213 - 227). Sydney, Australia: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stead, N., Stickells, L., Tawa, M. (2011). Editorial: Untimely Prospects. Architectural Theory Review, Vol 16 No. 2, (pp. 77 - 83). London, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stickells, L., Breen Lovett, S., Hamilton, Y. (2011). Expanded Architecture 2011. CarriageWorks, Sydney, Australia: Performance Space.
  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2011). Limit.Cycle. In: Limit.Cycle. FraserStudios. FraserStudios - Dwyer St Facade, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.
  • Begg, S., Stickells, L. (2011). The Right to the City. Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Stickells, L. (2011). The Utopian Archipelago. The Right to the City, (pp. 53 - 56). Sydney, Australia: Tin Sheds Gallery.

2010

  • Stickells, L. (2010). Barangaroo: Instant Urbanism - Just Add Water. Architecture Australia, Volume 99 No 3, (pp. 47 - 51). Port Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L. (2010). Conceiving an architecture of movement. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 14(1), 41-51. [More Information]
  • Stead, N., Stickells, L. (2010), Editorial: Special Issue on Writing Architecture. Architectural Theory Review, 15(3), 233-241. [More Information]
  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2010). Expanded Architecture. Carriage Works, Sydney, Australia: Performance Space.
  • Breen Lovett, S., Stickells, L. (2010). Expanded Architecture 04: Window Wound. In: Expanded Architecture 04: Window Wound. Silvester Fuller Architects. BMA House in Macquarie Street, Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2010). Haunting the Boneyard. In Gillian Pye (Eds.), Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, (pp. 59-76). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Stickells, L., Rice, C. (2010). Interview with Reinhold Martin: 'Utopia's Ghost'. Architectural Theory Review, (pp. 324 - 331). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stickells, L. (2010). Now + When. Architecture Australia, Volume 99 No 5, (pp. 37 - 43). Port Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L. (2010). The inexact science of city building. Monument, 100, (pp. 37 - 38). Sydney, Australia: The Pacific Plus Company.
  • Shaw, B., Stickells, L. (2010). Things That Go Bump in the Night - What Price to Save Perth's Heritage? In I Alexander, S Greive, D Hedgcock (Eds.), Planning Perspectives From Western Australia: A Reader in Theory and Practice, (pp. 354-366). North Fremantle: Fremantle Press.

2009

  • Stickells, L. (2009). A foray into the vertical common: The practice of utopia. 5th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia AASA 2009, New Zealand: Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia.
  • Stickells, L., Zanardo, M., Shelton, B., Thioulouse, N. (2009). Campus Life: A Vision For Harold Park And Environs. Harold Park, Glebe, Australia: The University of Sydney. public. Unrealized.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Editorial in Special Issue: Sensory Urbanism. Architectural Theory Review, 14(2), 105-107.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Mapping Sydney. Architecture Australia, Vol. 98 No.6 Nov/Dec 09, (pp. 25 - 26). Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..
  • Stickells, L., Rykwert, J. (2009). Return to Form. Architectural Review, 109, (pp. 34 - 38). Melbourne, Australia: Niche Media Pty Ltd.
  • Stickells, L. (2009). Shifting Views: selected essays on the Architectural Histories of Australia and New Zealand. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Vol. 68, No.3, (pp. 419 - 420). Berkley, United States of America: University of California Press.

2008

  • Stickells, L. (2008). Conceiving an Architecture of Movement. History in Practice: The 25th Annual Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) Conference, Geelong, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2008). Film/Architecture/Narrative. Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space and the Moving Image, Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool.
  • Stickells, L. (2008). Flow Urbanism: The heterotopia of flows. In Michael Dehaene & Lieven De Cauter (Eds.), Heterotopia and the city: Public Space in a postcivil society, (pp. 247-257). Oxon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2008). Imaginary Construction: Filmic Processes Within The Architectural Design Studio. DESIGN CINEMA 2008 3rd DESIGN AND CINEMA CONFERENCE 2008, Turkey: IDCC.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2008). Learning more from Las Vegas. History in Practice: The 25th Annual Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) Conference, Geelong, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Stickells, L. (2008). Perth Waterfront: In Response. Architecture Australia, May/June 2008, (pp. 46 - 46). Sydney and Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media Pty Ltd..

2007

  • Stickells, L., Mosley, J. (2007). Film/Architecture/Narrative. The Architecture Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom: University of the West of England (UWE).

2006

  • Stickells, L. (2006). Architecture and motion: shifting spaces of encounter. Isolation: Disconnection, solitude and seclusion in a connected world, Tasmania.
  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2006). Questioning History: Conflict between perceived property rights and heritage listing in Perth, Western Australia. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London 30th August – 1st September 2006, UK.
  • Stickells, L. (2006). Watchet. United Kingdom: Phoenix Arts Centre.

2005

  • Stickells, L., Sully, N. (2005). 'There is No Village': Problems of Heritage and Remembering in Perth. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand - SAHANZ 2005, New Zealand: Society of Architectural Historians.
  • Stickells, L. (2005). Flow Urbanism: Heterotopia and Affective Form. European Association of Architectural Education Conference 2005 (EAAE 2005), Belgium: European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

2002

  • Stickells, L. (2002). Modernism and the Games Village. Additions to Architectural History - XIXth Annual Conference of SAHANZ, Brisbane: Sahanz.

2001

  • Stickells, L. (2001). The Two Coins. Bristol, United Kingdom.

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