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Researchers

Associate Professor Chris L. Smith


Associate Professor
Chair of the Architectural History & Theory research group

Dr Chris L. Smith is the Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê and the Chair of the Architecture History and Theory research group at the University of Sydney. 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 an 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, [for publication 2017]. 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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Professor Michael Tawa


Professor in Architecture: History and Theory
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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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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Professor Andrew Leach


Professor
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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Associate Professor Lee Stickells


Associate Professor
Dr Lee Stickells is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. He teaches in architectural design, urban design and the architectural humanities; he also directs the Master of Architecture program. Lee’s broad research interests lie in the architectural humanities, particularly in the intellectual history of twentieth-century architectural and urban design culture. This has been focused through the investigation of conceptual relationships between architecture and the city, revealed in critical histories of urban design paradigms, art-architecture relations, and architectural design techniques.


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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 and The Journal of Architecture, and in edited volumes 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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Dr Peter Armstrong


Senior Lecturer
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.





Dr Jennifer Ferng


Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Ferng is an architectural historian and designer at the University of Sydney. She received her degrees in architecture from Rice University, Princeton, and MIT. She combines a contemporary outlook on building materials, nature, and technology with an art historian’s eye towards the cultural, political, and visual dimensions of artifacts. Her research interests in the early modern art and architecture of Europe is viewed through the lens of colonial empire set in South America, Africa, and Asia. Her projects that focus on contemporary aesthetics and politics also include extensive work on Australian immigration, borders, and mandatory detention as well as design and the Anthropocene. She has received numerous academic accolades from distinguished institutions, including the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Embassy of France and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the European History Network. Currently, she is a co-editor of the journal Architectural Theory Review and a chief researcher with the Sydney Intellectual History Network.


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Dr 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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Dr Sandra Loschke


Senior Lecturer
Sandra Karina Löschke is a Senior Lecturer 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 Weir's research focuses on the problems of producing great public architecture. This research has both theoretical and technical arms. The theoretical arm connects Salvador Dal'’s Surrealist theories of art and Classical ethics toward public architecture. The technical arm is focused on the construction of stone architecture, both new means of cutting stone and also improving sandstone building maintenance processes using quadcopter drones.


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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

Dr Jason Crow


Dr Jason Crow (Louisiana State University) visited the School during April and May of 2016, joining Dr Matthew Mindrup and Dr Paul Emmons to discuss their upcoming book project: Paradigms and Models in Thinking and Teaching Architectural Representation. While visiting the School Dr Crow also held a public lecture, discussing his own research entitled; The Gesture of Digital Craft.
Jason Crow is an assistant professor of architecture at Louisiana State University and a licensed architect in Pennsylvania. He holds a BA in Architecture from Clemson University and Masters of Architecture from Iowa State University. He earned a post-professional Masters of Architecture from McGill University where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in the History & Theory of Architecture.




Professor Paul Emmons


Professor Paul Emmons (Virginia Tech University) visited the School during April and May of 2016, joining Dr Matthew Mindrup and Dr Jason Crow to discuss their upcoming book project: Paradigms and Models in Thinking and Teaching Architectural Representation. While visiting the School Professor Emmons also held a public lecture, discussing his own research entitled; Mirror of Design, Embodiment in Architectural Drawing.
Professor Paul Emmons, Ph.D., RA, is a practicing architect, educator and writer whose research in architecture focuses on the imaginative role of diagrams and technical drawing in architectural design including the history of hand drawing, imagery and visual literacy.