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Researchers

Professor Andrew Leach


Director of the Architectural History & Theory Research Group
Andrew Leach is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. He writes on themes ranging from contemporary issues in the fields architectural history, theory and criticism to the history of Rome. Alongside Rome (2016), he is author of Campus Confessions (2004), Manfredo Tafuri (2007) and What is Architectural History? (2010). He edited Frederick H. Newman (2003), and coedited Shifting Views (2008), Architecture, Disciplinarity and the Arts (2009), The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980 (2015), GC30+ (2015), Off the Plan (2016) and On Discomfort (2016). His essays have recently appeared in AA Files, Architectural Histories, Criticat, Grey Room, JSAH and Project. Current work concerns the historiography of mannerism and the baroque over the long twentieth century, the recent history of architectural theory, and the urban and architectural history of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast: Architecture and City will be published by Lund Humphries in 2018.


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Professor Michael Tawa


Associate Dean Indigenous
I am fascinated by the way things (concepts, places, spaces, objects) are made – not only that they are made, but more so the way they come to be made. Consequently, I value process over product, and products only to the extent that they open up new perspectives and processes of thinking and making. I value the un-programmable, the uncertain, the makeshift, the incommunicable and the uncanny in language, the image, representation and architectural experience. My approach to teaching is that of an encounter with an equivalent fascination in the other, of a practice focused on opening up and mobilising sense through the project, around which the work hovers and proceeds.


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Associate Professor Lee Stickells


Associate Dean Research Education
Lee’s research is characterised by an interest in the potential for architecture to shape other ways of living, particularly its projection as a means to reconsider the terms of social life – of how we live together. It is focused on developing histories that connect experimental architectural and design strategies with environmental, political, technological and social transformations. Lee co-edited The Right to the City (2011) and has contributed to anthologies including The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (2013), Beyond Utopia (2012), Trash Culture (2010), and Heterotopia and the City (2009). His essays have appeared in journals such as ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly and Fabrications. Lee is currently an editorial committee member of the journal Architectural Theory Review and a SAHANZ Editorial Board member.


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Professor Duanfang Lu


Professor
Dr Duanfang Lu is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism, and her work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections. Her main publications include Remaking Chinese Urban Form (2006, 2011) and Third World Modernism (2011). She has received research grants from the Australian Research Council, Social Science Research Council and Getty Foundation. Duanfang’s edited book The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History will be published in 2017. An Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2012–2016, she is currently working on a monograph New Book of Changes: The Way of China and Its Urbanization, which links Chinese urbanization with larger theoretical debates on space, capital and urban processes.


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Associate Professor Chris L. Smith


Associate Professor
Dr Chris L. Smith is the Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê. His research is concerned with the complex connection of bodies and buildings—a connection he locates at the interdisciplinary nexus of philosophy, biology and architectural theory. Chris has published a co-edited book, Architecture in the Space of Flows (2013) and 9 book chapters aver the last 5 years. He has a monograph in production with Bloomsbury (London) titled Bare Architecture: a schizoanalysis, [2017], and a co-edited book in production with MIT Press titled Lab Lifestyles [2018]. Presently Chris is concentrating upon an Australian Research Council project focussed on the architectural expression of scientific ideals in bio-medical laboratories and a forthcoming co-authored book titled LabOratory.


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Associate Professor Glen Hill


Associate Professor
Dr Glen Hill teaches design, history, and theory in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He holds an undergraduate honours degree in architecture, a masters degree in project management, a PhD, and is a registered architect. He currently coordinates and teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate design studios, and coordinates and teaches research methods classes for honours and higher degree research students. His research interests include design theory, design education and human rights.


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Dr Dagmar Reinhardt


Director, Bachelor of Architecture and Environments
Dagmar Reinhardt recently joined the School of Architecture, Design and Planning as a lecturer of Architectural Design and Digital Architecture. Reinhardt is an academic with a practice – reinhardt_jung, operating in Frankfurt and Sydney. Reinhardt’s research considers the emerging potential of digital architecture as an exciting challenge, specifically in the interdisciplinary exchange between academic environment, cultural productions, industrial expertise and architectural entrepeneurship.


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Dr Ross Anderson


Senior Lecturer
Dr Ross Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in architectural design, history and theory at the University of Sydney. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Peter Carl at the University of Cambridge with a thesis entitled From the Bauhütte to the Bauhaus. Oriented by phenomenology and hermeneutics, his research on modern German architecture and philosophy has been published in The Art Bulletin, The Journal of Architecture, The Bauhaus Annual and in edited books and conference proceedings. Ross is also engaged in creative practices that explore the imaginative roles played by drawing and photography in architectural representation and reception.


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Honorary Associate Professor Peter Armstrong


Honorary Associate Professor
Peter Armstrong is an architect and academic teaching in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning 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.




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Dr Jennifer Ferng


Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Ferng is an architectural historian at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her professional degrees in design from Princeton University and Rice University. She specializes in European architecture and the earth sciences during the long eighteenth century as well as contemporary architecture and politics in Oceania and southeast Asia. These distinct research trajectories are centred around two projects: one on the cultural history of mining, design, and extraction during the global eighteenth century and the second on Australasian detention centres, shelter and humanitarian ethics. She has served as an editor of the journal Architectural Theory Review published by Routledge and a chief researcher with the Sydney Intellectual History Network. Most recently, she was awarded a Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). As part of this program focusing on Inter-Asia contexts and connections, she has been appointed a visiting scholar at the Harvard Asia Center, Harvard University from 2017-2018.


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Ms Catherine Lassen


Senior Lecturer
Catherine Lassen is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. Her research and teaching interests span modern Australian architectural history and contemporary representation and practice. She recently designed site-specific furniture pieces for art works by Yoko Ono, such as Play it by Trust, part of a major retrospective on the artist’s work held at the MCA Sydney. She co-authored a book on the architect Hugh Buhrich (House, Garry Anderson Gallery, 1991) also preparing large measured drawings for an exhibition on his work. Co-teaching with Glenn Murcutt for many years, in 2008 she co-curated a major international exhibition on his disciplinary approach (Thinking Drawing / Working Drawing) at Gallery Ma, Tokyo and co-authored the associated monographs. Her architectural work has been awarded, published and exhibited in Australia and internationally.


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Dr Cameron Logan


Progam Director, Heritage Conservation
Dr. Cameron Logan was recently appointed as the Director of Heritage Conservation in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. He is an urban and architectural historian whose work focuses on the ways that heritage conservation shapes cities. He is interested in the places we choose to keep, why we choose to keep them and who decides. This involves researching the ways in which regimes of cultural value inform and delimit property value; the social politics of deciding what places to protect and how; and the possibilities of understanding and adapting large-scale landscapes and built ensembles such as hospitals, stadiums and universities. He is the author of Historic Capital: Preservation, Race and Real Estate in Washington, DC (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press) and co-author of Architecture and the Modern Hospital: Nosokomeion to Hygeia with Julie Wills and Philip Goad (forthcoming Routledge). He has published in top-ranked urban and architectural history venues, including The Journal of Architecture, and Journal of Urban History as well as in leading conservation venues such as APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology.


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Associate Professor Sandra Loschke



Sandra Karina Löschke is an Associate Professor and Director of Architecture Design and Technology at the University of Sydney. Her research investigates links between aesthetics, design and technology in museum and exhibition architecture from the 1920s to the present, and focuses on how these linkages played a significant role in progressing new disciplinary paradigms, which expanded the culture of architectural knowledge at its interfaces with art and science. Her work includes case studies, design projects, prototyping and exhibitions and endeavours to engage theoretical and historical frame works with the reality of contemporary architectural design practice.


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Dr Matthew Mindrup


Senior Lecturer
An architect by training, Matthew completed a Ph.D. In Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech University in 2007 on the physical and metaphysical coalition of two architectural models assembled by Kurt Schwitters in the early 1920s. Dr. Mindrup's ongoing research in the history and theory of architectural design locates and projects the implications that materials have in the design process. Dr. Mindrup has presented some of this research at conferences and published others in The Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), Interstices, Wolkenkuckucksheim and his edited volume The Material Imagination: Reveries on Architecture and Matter from Ashgate Publishing. In August of 2015, Matthew will welcome the publication of his new co-translated book: the first English edition of Bruno Taut’s The City Crown (1919).


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Dr Rizal Muslimin


Lecturer
Rizal Muslimin is a lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States. His current research interest centers at the intersection between craft, architecture and computational design, in investigating crafting logics across scale and uses them to reinvent a novel way of fabricating a building in a Vitruvian manner. His design conception of contemporary vernacular architecture has won several awards through which he promoted innovative ways to transform traditional art and craft across scale: from component design, such as new brick design and wooden-joinery system, to building design as demonstrated in his built winning project, Mesjid Raya Sumatera Barat.


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Mr Daniel Ryan


Lecturer
Daniel Ryan is an historian of architectural science and architecture in the tropics, focusing on Australasia and the Pacific. He is particularly interested in the changing environmental role of the house and its technologies during the twentieth century. His current research explores the translation of climatic design ideas from tropical medicine to architecture and their entanglement with colonial politics. He also writes about Eileen Gray’s approach to climate and occasionally lectures about the conservation of her architecture. His work has been recognised with the best paper award at the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science (ANZAScA) conference in 2009, inclusion in the catalogue for the Pompidou Centre’s exhibition on Eileen Gray in 2013 and invitations to lecture at esteemed institutions in Australia and abroad. Before coming to the University of Sydney, he was involved with a number of ground-breaking environmental buildings in Ireland. The projects set the standard for green building in the country through innovative design and specification of materials and services. He has also practiced with leading firms in Italy and Australia.


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Dr Simon Weir


Lecturer
Dr Simon Weir is a designer and Lecturer in architectural design, communications, and history and theory at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the problems of producing great public architecture. This research has both theoretical and technical arms.

The theoretical arm connects Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist theories of art and Classical theories of the ethics of public architecture. His research on the Classical Greek and Roman architectural custom of “xenia” has been published in RIBA’s Journal of Architecture, and Interstices. His Surrealist research has been published in the Bauhaus-University at Weimar’s journal Horizonte, the journal of the Interior Design Interior Architecture Educator’s Association, and Routledge’s forthcoming Interior Architecture Theory Reader. His forthcoming book on Dalí’s lifelong struggle against Le Corbusier, Masochistic Ensemble, will be published in 2018. New research projects include an analysis of the philosophical and social problems produced by the psychological trait of creativity in different political climates, and an analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche’s proposal for an architecture for the contemplation of degeneration.


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Dr Alexandra Brown


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Alexandra Brown is an architect and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Architecture at The University of Sydney. Her research is concerned with twentieth century art-architecture relationships and radicality. Alexandra’s doctoral studies focused on concepts of autonomy in Italian radical architecture. She is currently researching alternative curatorial practices in architectural exhibitions. She has previously lectured in architectural history and theory, and architectural design and communication.


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Higher Degree Researchers

Samuel Small


PhD Candidate

Thesis title:The Pop Beat of Postmodern and Contemporary Architecture
Supervisors: Jennifer Ferng, Sean Anderson, Catriona Moore



Jacqui Goddard


PhD Candidate

Thesis title:The Best of Intentions: The development of formal architectural conservation education and the subsequent disconnect from architectural education.
Supervisors:Cameron Logan



Amir Taheri


PhD Candidate

Thesis title:The Relationship between Diagram and Design Process in the Work of Peter Eisenman: An Integral Semiotic Analysis of the early Houses.
Supervisors:Glen Hill, Christopher L. Smith







Visiting Scholars

Daniel Barber, Penn Design


SEI Visiting Fellow 2017