Dr Peter Armstrong

Senior Lecturer
Coordinator, M. Arch Urban Architecture Studio

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3857

Biographical details

Peter Armstrong is an architect and academic and teaches in the Faculty of Architecture at Sydney University.

He gained his master’s degree at Waseda University under Yoshisaka Takamasa and worked in the office of Kikutake Kiyonori before returning to Australia where he has practiced as an architect for 30 years. His Ph.D dealt with the formative period of the Japanese castle town between the years 1586 and 1650. He has taught architectural design and the history of architecture and urban design in East Asia at Sydney University since 1974.

Current research includes studies in the origins of Japanese urban development with reference to the 7th century Korean kingdoms and relationship between the first Japanese capitals on the continental model.

In 2002 Peter Armstrong Architecture received the Sulman and Francis Greenway awards for the design of the Parade Theatre, Stage 2 of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He continues to practise in the design and construction of schools, clinics and related projects in South-East Asia as part of the Japanese Government’s Grass Roots Aid Scheme.

In 2006 he was decorated by the Foreign Minister of Japan and was made an Honorary Research Fellow of the Korean Government’s National Kyongju Research Institute of Cultural Heritage.

Research interests

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  • Urban Planning and Design in East Asia
  • Urban and Architectural History in East Asia
  • Architecture for Aid Projects in South East Asia

Architecture

Kikutake School Exhibition at the Architectural Institute of Japan

Occasion of the Kikutake School Exhibition at the Architectural Institute of Japan, commemorating Kikutake's 75th Birthday in 2003

Selected grants

2010

  • Bushfire CRC Scholarship - Student: Douglas Brown; Brown D, Armstrong P; CRC for bushfires/Project Support.
  • Effective use of thermal mass in residential timber-framed construction � scoping study for development rules of thumb for direct gain systems; Hyde R, Armstrong P, Hayman S; Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited/Research and Development Research Grants.

2002

  • Comparative Capital City Structure in 8th Century Korea and Japan; Armstrong P; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Architecture in the Mono-no-nai-jidai. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 216-228). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Armstrong, P. (2006). The path of influence of the ideal Chinese capital plan: Chinese-Korean Diplomacy in the 5th & 6th Century. In Org Cmtee of Int.Conf.E.Asian Architectural Culture Southeast University (Eds.), History and Future of Architectural Heritage in East Asia: Selected Proceedings of International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture Nanjing 2004, (pp. 290-296). Nanjing, China: Southeast University Press.

Journals

  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban Complex: The Emergence of Neocolonial Planning in Dhaka as a Sequel. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(2), 30-39. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban: A Legacy of British Colonial urban Development or American Cultural Imperialism? Global Built Environment Review, 8(3), 22-26, 41-55.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban Focal Point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(6), 294-302.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Duality of Jatio Sangsad Bhaban and the Notion of Nationalism. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(9), 412-424.
  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Failure of the 1917 Geddes Master Plan and 1959 Minoprio, Spencely, Macfarlane Master Plans: Some Reflections. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(10), 449-460.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Geopolitics of Jatio Sangsad Bhaban in the Cold War Era. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(1), 22-28. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2012). Monument and Architecture in Shaping Bangladeshi National Identity. Global Built Environment Review, 8(3), 45-67.
  • Armstrong, P. (2001). The design of nature in Heian Kyoto. Architectural Theory Review, 6(2), 1-11.

Conferences

  • Zhang, S., Armstrong, P. (2014). Multidisciplinary Practice and Engineering Innovation: the Opera House and the Watercube. 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology (ICETET 2014), London: International Institute of Engineers.
  • Armstrong, P. (2013). Generationally Sustainable Housing: Providing for a Multicultural Society. 6th International Urban Design Conference 2013, Nerang, Queensland: Urban Design Australia.
  • Jones, P., Armstrong, P., Choudhury, B. (2013). Jatio JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban focal point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Architects, Stamford, UK: Commonwealth Association of Architects.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban and the Notion of American Cultural Imperialism in the Cold War Era. 1st Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2013), Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban: An Emblem of the Duality of Nationalism. International Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education (ICERIE 2013), Sylhet, Bangladesh: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012). Change and Conflict in Sydney Harbour - The Case for Garden Island Naval Base. Urban Design Asia (UDA) 2012 'Future Cities in Asia', Seoul: Architecture & Urban Research Institute.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012). Imagined Histories: The Polemics of the Katsura Detached Palace in the 20th Century. 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.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2012). Why the 1917 Geddes Plan did not Materialise: Planning for Planning's Sake in the Case of Dhaka. 5th International Urban Design Conference 2012, Australia: Urban Design Australia.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Archaeology and renewal: The Toro excavation and Japanese architecture 1943-1970. 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference (SAHANZ 2011), Brisbane, Australia: Sahanz.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Taiwan International Urban Planning and Design Workshop. Taipei International Co- workshops by Universities Grant Program: Vision of Future Taipei, Monga, Taipei: Chinese Culture University, College of Environmental Design.
  • Armstrong, P. (2006). The road system of the Sillia Capital 1: The Central Avenue. RSEA 2006 - Reassessing East Asia in the Light of Urban and Architectural History: International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, Kyoto 2006, Kyoto: Takahashi Yasuo.
  • Armstrong, P., Ying, T. (2004). Case Study of the Evolution of Shanghai Linong Dwelling Forms in Recent History. International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture/History and Future of Architectural Heritage in East Asia, Nanjing, China: Southeast University Press.
  • Ying, T., Armstrong, P. (2004). Rethinking, About Development Of Dwelling Design Practice In Chinese Urbanisation. 5th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia (ISAIA) - Global Environment and Diversity of Asian Architecture. Association Historique Internationale de l'Ocan Indien.
  • Armstrong, P. (2003). Conflict, diplomacy and capital construction: a discussion of international politics and urban development in 7th century Korea and Japan. TAmA conference, : National University of Singapore.
  • Armstrong, P. (2003). The construction of heritage: Sydney Central. 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Armstrong, P. (2002). The Origins of NANIWA-KYO: A Discussion of Current Research Issues in the Origins of Osaka. 2002 Seoul International Conference on East Asian Architectural History "Traditional Architecture in modern Asia" (TAmA), Seoul, Korea: Korean Association of Architectural History.

Textual Creative Works

  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Sketching Mount Namsan. TAASA Review, Vol 18 No. 2 June, (pp. 10 - 12). Sydney, Australia: Asian Arts Society of Australia.

Design or Architectural Works

  • Armstrong, P., GHD. (2003). Orange Court House: Extension to the 1882 Barnet Building. Orange, Australia: public.

Other Works

  • Armstrong, P. (2010). Boat People: The Growing Internationalisation of Sydney. International Conference of Future City Development for Xinbei City, (pp. 15 - 17). Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei City Government.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Keynote Address: Korean Land & City Design Forum & Competition 2009. Korean Land & City Design Forum & Competition 2009, (pp. 12 - 29). Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North).
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Taroko Gorge National Park. International workshop on conservation and management for Taroko Gorge, Taroko National Park., (pp. 172 - 186). Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). The Urban Inheritance of the Rocks: From Slum to Cultural Treasure. International Symposium on Making Creative City through Cultural Heritage, (pp. 17 - 23). Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North).
  • Armstrong, P. (2008). Housing Policy in Australia. International Seminar, (pp. 63 - 94). Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South).
  • Armstrong, P. (2008). The Lost Waterways of Sydney: Sydney as Outpost of Empire. International Seminar on Urban Regeneration, (pp. 1 - 56). Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South).

2014

  • Zhang, S., Armstrong, P. (2014). Multidisciplinary Practice and Engineering Innovation: the Opera House and the Watercube. 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology (ICETET 2014), London: International Institute of Engineers.

2013

  • Armstrong, P. (2013). Generationally Sustainable Housing: Providing for a Multicultural Society. 6th International Urban Design Conference 2013, Nerang, Queensland: Urban Design Australia.
  • Jones, P., Armstrong, P., Choudhury, B. (2013). Jatio JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban focal point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Architects, Stamford, UK: Commonwealth Association of Architects.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban and the Notion of American Cultural Imperialism in the Cold War Era. 1st Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2013), Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban Complex: The Emergence of Neocolonial Planning in Dhaka as a Sequel. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(2), 30-39. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban: A Legacy of British Colonial urban Development or American Cultural Imperialism? Global Built Environment Review, 8(3), 22-26, 41-55.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). Jatio Sangsad Bhaban: An Emblem of the Duality of Nationalism. International Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education (ICERIE 2013), Sylhet, Bangladesh: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2013). JSB as Democratic Emblem and Urban Focal Point: The Imagined Socio-Political Construction of Space. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(6), 294-302.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Duality of Jatio Sangsad Bhaban and the Notion of Nationalism. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(9), 412-424.
  • Choudhury, B., Jones, P., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Failure of the 1917 Geddes Master Plan and 1959 Minoprio, Spencely, Macfarlane Master Plans: Some Reflections. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, 4(10), 449-460.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2013). The Geopolitics of Jatio Sangsad Bhaban in the Cold War Era. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 2(1), 22-28. [More Information]

2012

  • Armstrong, P. (2012). Change and Conflict in Sydney Harbour - The Case for Garden Island Naval Base. Urban Design Asia (UDA) 2012 'Future Cities in Asia', Seoul: Architecture & Urban Research Institute.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012). Imagined Histories: The Polemics of the Katsura Detached Palace in the 20th Century. 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.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P. (2012). Monument and Architecture in Shaping Bangladeshi National Identity. Global Built Environment Review, 8(3), 45-67.
  • Choudhury, B., Armstrong, P., Jones, P. (2012). Why the 1917 Geddes Plan did not Materialise: Planning for Planning's Sake in the Case of Dhaka. 5th International Urban Design Conference 2012, Australia: Urban Design Australia.

2011

  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Archaeology and renewal: The Toro excavation and Japanese architecture 1943-1970. 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference (SAHANZ 2011), Brisbane, Australia: Sahanz.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Architecture in the Mono-no-nai-jidai. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 216-228). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011). Taiwan International Urban Planning and Design Workshop. Taipei International Co- workshops by Universities Grant Program: Vision of Future Taipei, Monga, Taipei: Chinese Culture University, College of Environmental Design.

2010

  • Armstrong, P. (2010). Boat People: The Growing Internationalisation of Sydney. International Conference of Future City Development for Xinbei City, (pp. 15 - 17). Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei City Government.

2009

  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Keynote Address: Korean Land & City Design Forum & Competition 2009. Korean Land & City Design Forum & Competition 2009, (pp. 12 - 29). Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North).
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Sketching Mount Namsan. TAASA Review, Vol 18 No. 2 June, (pp. 10 - 12). Sydney, Australia: Asian Arts Society of Australia.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). Taroko Gorge National Park. International workshop on conservation and management for Taroko Gorge, Taroko National Park., (pp. 172 - 186). Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009). The Urban Inheritance of the Rocks: From Slum to Cultural Treasure. International Symposium on Making Creative City through Cultural Heritage, (pp. 17 - 23). Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North).

2008

  • Armstrong, P. (2008). Housing Policy in Australia. International Seminar, (pp. 63 - 94). Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South).
  • Armstrong, P. (2008). The Lost Waterways of Sydney: Sydney as Outpost of Empire. International Seminar on Urban Regeneration, (pp. 1 - 56). Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South).

2006

  • Armstrong, P. (2006). The path of influence of the ideal Chinese capital plan: Chinese-Korean Diplomacy in the 5th & 6th Century. In Org Cmtee of Int.Conf.E.Asian Architectural Culture Southeast University (Eds.), History and Future of Architectural Heritage in East Asia: Selected Proceedings of International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture Nanjing 2004, (pp. 290-296). Nanjing, China: Southeast University Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (2006). The road system of the Sillia Capital 1: The Central Avenue. RSEA 2006 - Reassessing East Asia in the Light of Urban and Architectural History: International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, Kyoto 2006, Kyoto: Takahashi Yasuo.

2004

  • Armstrong, P., Ying, T. (2004). Case Study of the Evolution of Shanghai Linong Dwelling Forms in Recent History. International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture/History and Future of Architectural Heritage in East Asia, Nanjing, China: Southeast University Press.
  • Ying, T., Armstrong, P. (2004). Rethinking, About Development Of Dwelling Design Practice In Chinese Urbanisation. 5th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia (ISAIA) - Global Environment and Diversity of Asian Architecture. Association Historique Internationale de l'Ocan Indien.

2003

  • Armstrong, P. (2003). Conflict, diplomacy and capital construction: a discussion of international politics and urban development in 7th century Korea and Japan. TAmA conference, : National University of Singapore.
  • Armstrong, P., GHD. (2003). Orange Court House: Extension to the 1882 Barnet Building. Orange, Australia: public.
  • Armstrong, P. (2003). The construction of heritage: Sydney Central. 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

2002

  • Armstrong, P. (2002). The Origins of NANIWA-KYO: A Discussion of Current Research Issues in the Origins of Osaka. 2002 Seoul International Conference on East Asian Architectural History "Traditional Architecture in modern Asia" (TAmA), Seoul, Korea: Korean Association of Architectural History.

2001

  • Armstrong, P. (2001). The design of nature in Heian Kyoto. Architectural Theory Review, 6(2), 1-11.

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