Professor Mathew Aitchison

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 2771

Biographical details

Dr. Mathew Aitchison is Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Sydney, where he directs the Innovation in Applied Design Lab. Previously, he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture, and ATCH Centre Manager (2010-13). Mathew is a researcher, teacher and designer with extensive international experience. He currently directs two major research projects exploring prefabricated and modular housing, with a third project focussed on prefabrication and advanced manufacturing set to begin in 2015. Mathew has published widely across a range of subjects. Book publications include: Visual Planning and the Picturesque (Getty, 2010), the first publication of Nikolaus Pevsner’s treatise on urban design and architecture; and, more recently, The Architecture Of Industry: Changing Paradigms In Industrial Building And Planning, (Ashgate, 2014), of which Mathew is editor and contributing author.

Selected grants

2017

  • Cooperative Research Centre for Innovation in Advanced Multi-Story Housing Manufacture; Aitchison M, Patterson D; Office for Science and Research (NSW)/Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP).

2016

  • Innovation in Advanced Multi-Story Housing Manufacture; Aitchison M, Muslimin R, Gurran N, de Dear R, Loschke S; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science/Cooperative Research Centre Project.
  • ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing; Mendis P, Ngo T, Rasmussen K, Ranzi G, Aitchison M, Newman P, Hao H, Zhao X, Manzie C, Qiao G, Aye L, Duffield C, Singh P, Bai Y, Crawford R, Noguchi M, Fiorito F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).

2014

  • Constructing the Future of Housing; Aitchison M; Department of Science Information Technology Innovation (QLD)/Accelerate Partnerships Program.

2013

  • The design and construction of quality, sustainable and affordable pre-made housing in Australia - Optimisation and Integration; Aitchison M, Torero Cullen J, Macarthur J, Lewis T, Fryer R, Christian L, Donovan B, Gildersleeve C, Pipella B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Aitchison, M. (2014). The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Pevsner, N., Aitchison, M. (2010). Visual Planning and the Picturesque. Santa Monica: The Getty Center.

Book Chapters

  • Aitchison, M. (2015). Pevsner's Kunstgeographie: From Liepzig's Baroque to the Englishness of Modern English Architecture. In Andrew Leach, John Macarthur, Maarten Delbeke (Eds.), The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980, (pp. 109-118). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Back to the Future: FIFO, Mining and Urbanisation in Australia. In Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully, William M. Taylor (Eds.), Out of Place: Occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition: Gwalia, (pp. 267-301). Crawley: UWA Publishing.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Industrial Architecture, Past and Present. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, (pp. 1-8). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). The Experience of Australian Mining: Buildings, Planning and Urbanization. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, (pp. 163-193). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Dilettantes, Amateurs and Eccentrics: The Architectural Review's Townscape Campaign. In Naomi Stead (Eds.), Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, (pp. 105-115). Melbourne: Uro Media.
  • Aitchison, M. (2010). Pevsner’s Townscape. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), Visual Planning and the Picturesque, (pp. 1-43). Santa Monica: The Getty Center.

Journals

  • Aitchison, M. (2017). A house is not a car (Yet). Journal of Architectural Education, 71(1), 10-21.
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2017). The Impact of Different Insulation Options on the Life Cycle Energy Demands of a Hypothetical Residential Building. Procedia Engineering, 180, 128-135. [More Information]
  • Soret, G., Lazaro, D., Carrascal, J., Alvear, D., Aitchison, M., Torero, J. (2017). Thermal characterization of building assemblies by means of transient data assimilation. Energy and Buildings, 155, 128-142. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M. (2013). The Boyd Ultimatum. AA files : annals of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, 66, 59-67.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Finding the Context in Mies. Fabrications, 22(2), 186-207. [More Information]
  • Macarthur, J., Aitchison, M. (2012). Oxford versus The Bath Road: Empiricism and Romanticism in the Architectural Review's Picturesque Revival. The Journal of Architecture, 17(1 (2012)), 51-68.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape Revisited. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5), 618-620. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape: Scope, Scale, Extent. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5), 621-642. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M., Newsom, H. (2011). The Berlin Model. Tarp: Architecture Manual, 10(Insidious urbanism), 97-110.
  • Aitchison, M. (2011). Who's Afraid of Ivor De Wolfe. AA files : annals of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, 62 (2011), 34-39.

Edited Journals

  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape Revisited: The Journal of Architecture. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5).

Conferences

  • Maxwell, D., Aitchison, M. (2017). Design-value in the platform approach. 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2017, Trondheim, Norway: The International Group for Lean Construction. [More Information]
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2017). The impact of different insulation options on the life cycle energy demands of a hypothetical residential building. International High- Performance Built Environment Conference � A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2016). Using LCA to assist the selection of wall systems in the early stage of building design. 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, Adelaide: School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Dongas and Demountables: Four Observations Concerning Prefabricated Housing. SAHANZ Unitec Auckland 2014: Translation, 31st Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand and Gold Coast, Queensland.: Auckland, New Zealand SAHANZ and Unitec ePress, and Gold Coast, Queensland: SAHANZ.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). From Visual Planning to Outrage: Townscape and the Art of Environment. European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Third International Meeting, Torino: Politecnico di Torino.
  • Aitchison, M. (2013). Ugliness and Outrage: The Australian Townscape. 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ): Open, Gold Coast: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Boom time urbanism: an autobiographical view from the bust. 11th Australasian Urban History Planning History (UHPH) Conference, Perth, W.A: The University of Western Australia.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Mining and Urbanisation in Australia: Back to the Future. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).
  • Aitchison, M. (2011). Woofflin, Pinder and Pevsner: Kunstgeographie from the Baroque to Modernism. 28th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2011), Brisbane: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

2017

  • Aitchison, M. (2017). A house is not a car (Yet). Journal of Architectural Education, 71(1), 10-21.
  • Maxwell, D., Aitchison, M. (2017). Design-value in the platform approach. 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2017, Trondheim, Norway: The International Group for Lean Construction. [More Information]
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2017). The Impact of Different Insulation Options on the Life Cycle Energy Demands of a Hypothetical Residential Building. Procedia Engineering, 180, 128-135. [More Information]
  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2017). The impact of different insulation options on the life cycle energy demands of a hypothetical residential building. International High- Performance Built Environment Conference � A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Soret, G., Lazaro, D., Carrascal, J., Alvear, D., Aitchison, M., Torero, J. (2017). Thermal characterization of building assemblies by means of transient data assimilation. Energy and Buildings, 155, 128-142. [More Information]

2016

  • Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, T., Hill, G., Aitchison, M. (2016). Using LCA to assist the selection of wall systems in the early stage of building design. 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, Adelaide: School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide.

2015

  • Aitchison, M. (2015). Pevsner's Kunstgeographie: From Liepzig's Baroque to the Englishness of Modern English Architecture. In Andrew Leach, John Macarthur, Maarten Delbeke (Eds.), The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980, (pp. 109-118). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]

2014

  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Back to the Future: FIFO, Mining and Urbanisation in Australia. In Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully, William M. Taylor (Eds.), Out of Place: Occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition: Gwalia, (pp. 267-301). Crawley: UWA Publishing.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Dongas and Demountables: Four Observations Concerning Prefabricated Housing. SAHANZ Unitec Auckland 2014: Translation, 31st Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand and Gold Coast, Queensland.: Auckland, New Zealand SAHANZ and Unitec ePress, and Gold Coast, Queensland: SAHANZ.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). From Visual Planning to Outrage: Townscape and the Art of Environment. European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Third International Meeting, Torino: Politecnico di Torino.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). Industrial Architecture, Past and Present. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, (pp. 1-8). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Aitchison, M. (2014). The Experience of Australian Mining: Buildings, Planning and Urbanization. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, (pp. 163-193). Farnham: Ashgate.

2013

  • Aitchison, M. (2013). The Boyd Ultimatum. AA files : annals of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, 66, 59-67.
  • Aitchison, M. (2013). Ugliness and Outrage: The Australian Townscape. 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ): Open, Gold Coast: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

2012

  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Boom time urbanism: an autobiographical view from the bust. 11th Australasian Urban History Planning History (UHPH) Conference, Perth, W.A: The University of Western Australia.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Dilettantes, Amateurs and Eccentrics: The Architectural Review's Townscape Campaign. In Naomi Stead (Eds.), Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, (pp. 105-115). Melbourne: Uro Media.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Finding the Context in Mies. Fabrications, 22(2), 186-207. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Mining and Urbanisation in Australia: Back to the Future. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).
  • Macarthur, J., Aitchison, M. (2012). Oxford versus The Bath Road: Empiricism and Romanticism in the Architectural Review's Picturesque Revival. The Journal of Architecture, 17(1 (2012)), 51-68.
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape Revisited. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5), 618-620. [More Information]
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape Revisited: The Journal of Architecture. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5).
  • Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape: Scope, Scale, Extent. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5), 621-642. [More Information]

2011

  • Aitchison, M., Newsom, H. (2011). The Berlin Model. Tarp: Architecture Manual, 10(Insidious urbanism), 97-110.
  • Aitchison, M. (2011). Who's Afraid of Ivor De Wolfe. AA files : annals of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, 62 (2011), 34-39.
  • Aitchison, M. (2011). Woofflin, Pinder and Pevsner: Kunstgeographie from the Baroque to Modernism. 28th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2011), Brisbane: Society Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

2010

  • Aitchison, M. (2010). Pevsner’s Townscape. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), Visual Planning and the Picturesque, (pp. 1-43). Santa Monica: The Getty Center.
  • Pevsner, N., Aitchison, M. (2010). Visual Planning and the Picturesque. Santa Monica: The Getty Center.

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