Dr Sean Anderson

PhD, Art History, University of California; M.Arch, Princeton University; B.Arch, Cornell University; B.Sc with Honours, Cornell University
Senior Lecturer

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7604

Biographical details

Sean Anderson is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He holds degrees in Architectural Design and the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University where he earned two degrees, a BArch and a BSc; at Princeton University, where he received an MArch in Architectural Design, and the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a PhD in Art History. He has practiced as an architect in Afghanistan, India, Morocco, New York and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the Faculty at The University of Sydney, Sean taught architectural design as well as art and architectural history at Montana State University and the American University of Sharjah. His research has received support as a Senior Research Fellow of the Fulbright Program, the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Academy in Rome, UCLA and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

Sean’s current research on the evolution of colonial and post-colonial spaces in Africa and the Indian Ocean is based on extensive fieldwork throughout the continent and South Asia. He is particularly concerned with the intersection of Italian modernism and the evolution of its colonial cities in Eritrea and Libya. He is also undertaking critical research in Australasia on conceptions of the border within architectures of detention and security practices throughout the region.

Sean’s teaching, which ranges from surveys of global modern architecture to all levels of architectural design studios, is interdisciplinary and diachronic encouraging the study of spaces in conjunction with the scopic worlds that produce them.

Professional Experience

2010-12 | Adjunct Assistant Professor, Montana State University Bozeman, MT

2008-10 | Assistant Professor, The American University of Sharjah Sharjah, UAE

2005-07 | Visiting Professor, NJIT Summer Design Program in Italy Rome, Naples, Siena

2005-07 | Visiting Lecturer, Texas A&M Santa Chiara Italy Design Program Castiglion Fiorentino

2001-03 | Teaching Associate, Department of Art History, UCLA Los Angeles

1999-00 | Visiting Professor of Design and History, CEPT Ahmedabad, India

1998-99 | Assistant in Instruction (AI), School of Architecture, Princeton Princeton

Research interests

  • Architecture and Art of Global Modernisms
  • Contemporary architectural and urban theories
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • African Architecture and Art
  • South Asian and Himalayan Architecture and Art
  • Architectural Design

Selected grants

2013

  • Sovereign States: Indonesia and the Politics of Detention; Anderson S, Ferng J, Griffiths R; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Collaborative Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Anderson, S. (2015). Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea. London: Ashgate.
  • Anderson, S. (2006). Flames of Devotion Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas. University of Washington: University of Washington Press.

Book Chapters

  • Anderson, S. (2010). The Boundaries of Sharjah. Volume 23: Al Manakh Gulf Continued, (pp. 336-337). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Archis.

Journals

  • Ferng, J., Anderson, S. (2014). The Detention Industrial Complex in Australia. Society of Architectural Historians. Journal, 73(4), 469-474. [More Information]
  • Anderson, S. (2013). Image Material. Architecture Australia, 102(3), 75-77.
  • Anderson, S., Ferng, J. (2013). No Boat: Christmas Island and the Architecture of Detention. Architectural Theory Review, 18(2), 212-226. [More Information]
  • Anderson, S. (2012). Lightness and Being: The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. MARG: A Magazine of the Arts, 64(1), 66-77.
  • Anderson, S. (2010). Florestano di Fausto and the Politics of Mediterraneità. California Italian Studies Journal, 1(1), 1-13.
  • Anderson, S. (2009). The Light and the Line: Florestano Di Fausto and the Politics of 'Mediterraneità. California Italian Studies Journal, 1(1).

Conferences

  • Anderson, S. (2010). Exiled: Modern Architecture in the Middle East. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, California: University of California Press.
  • Anderson, S. (2009). 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
  • Anderson, S. (2009). Dark Modern: Udo Kultermann's New Africa. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians.

2015

  • Anderson, S. (2015). Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea. London: Ashgate.

2014

  • Ferng, J., Anderson, S. (2014). The Detention Industrial Complex in Australia. Society of Architectural Historians. Journal, 73(4), 469-474. [More Information]

2013

  • Anderson, S. (2013). Image Material. Architecture Australia, 102(3), 75-77.
  • Anderson, S., Ferng, J. (2013). No Boat: Christmas Island and the Architecture of Detention. Architectural Theory Review, 18(2), 212-226. [More Information]

2012

  • Anderson, S. (2012). Lightness and Being: The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. MARG: A Magazine of the Arts, 64(1), 66-77.

2010

  • Anderson, S. (2010). Exiled: Modern Architecture in the Middle East. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, California: University of California Press.
  • Anderson, S. (2010). Florestano di Fausto and the Politics of Mediterraneità. California Italian Studies Journal, 1(1), 1-13.
  • Anderson, S. (2010). The Boundaries of Sharjah. Volume 23: Al Manakh Gulf Continued, (pp. 336-337). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Archis.

2009

  • Anderson, S. (2009). 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
  • Anderson, S. (2009). Dark Modern: Udo Kultermann's New Africa. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians.
  • Anderson, S. (2009). The Light and the Line: Florestano Di Fausto and the Politics of 'Mediterraneità. California Italian Studies Journal, 1(1).

2006

  • Anderson, S. (2006). Flames of Devotion Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas. University of Washington: University of Washington Press.

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