Associate Professor Mathew Aitchison

Director, Innovation in Applied Design Lab

Dr. Mathew Aitchison is 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 three major research projects exploring modular housing, prefabrication and the advanced manufacture of multi-storey housing. 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, The Architecture Of Industry: Changing Paradigms In Industrial Building And Planning, (Ashgate, 2014); and, most recently, Prefab Housing and the Future of Building: Product to Process (Lund Humphries, forthcoming).

Professor Michael Tawa

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.

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.

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

Director of 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.

Dr François Blanciak

Senior Lecturer
François Blanciak is a French architect and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. Prior to completing both his Master’s and PhD at the University of Tokyo, he has worked for architectural firms in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York, with architects including Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman. He has also studied architecture at University College Dublin, McGill University, and ENSA Grenoble. His work has been exhibited at various venues, including the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Venice Architecture Biennale. François previously taught as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, served as an invited design critic at Rice University, and has lectured at Tunghai University, the University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University. As a practicing architect holding a French registration, he has entered numerous competitions and has won several awards, including the International Architectural Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2012. He is the author of SITELESS: 1001 Building Forms (MIT Press, 2008).

Sarah Breen Lovett

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Sarah Breen Lovett is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Innovation in Applied Design Lab as LP13 project manager and researcher. Sarah explores shifting understandings of self through the built and landscape environments in her research, curation and spatial art practice. Sarah has instigated and been included in many exhibitions, symposiums and publications at the inter-disciplinary meeting point of art and architecture. The title of her recently completed PhD is “Expanded Architectural Awareness: Exploring Intersections of Architecture and Expanded Cinema”. Her recent publications include Expanded Architecture: Temporal Formal, published in cooperation with the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, by AADR. Sarah also has forthcoming chapters in "Making Visible: Architecture Filmmaking" published by Intellect and "Flow: Between Interior and Landscape” published by Bloomsbury.

Eugenia Gasparri

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Eugenia Gasparri is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Innovation in Applied Design Lab at The University of Sydney on the CRC Project 2016. She graduated in Building Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2012, and simultaneously achieved a double degree with ASP excellence program, developing a technology-driven project in the field of systems integration for off-site prefabricated building components. In 2016, she completed her PhD with honours, achieving the title of Doctor Europaeus. Her research focused on tall timber constructions characterized by high degree of prefabrication. During her research path, she was appointed as visiting PhD fellow at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and the University of British Columbia (Canada). More recently, she worked as head of R&D for Askeen srl, an Italian start-up dealing with tailored façade components.

Dr David Kroll

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Born in Berlin, David Kroll qualified as an architect in London. He has a background in professional practice, academic teaching and research, and is particularly interested in housing-related topics and sustainable design. In architectural practice, David was involved in several high-profile projects including concrete prefab housing at the Athletes’ Village, the Darwin Centre Two for C.F. Moller Architects and the Brisbane airport extension for BVN. His PhD on the history of speculative housing in London was shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis 2015. He held lecturing positions at the University of East London, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Kent. In 2015 he relocated to Australia, where he has lectured in architecture in the Construction and Environment stream at the University of South Australia.

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.

Dr Rizal Muslimin

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.

Daniel Ryan

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.

Dr Arianna Brambilla

Dr Arianna Brambilla is a building engineer and an architect. She holds a PhD in Building Physics and Systems from Politecnico di Milano (IT), done in conjunction with the Aalborg University (DK). Her project was focused on building strategies to enhance resilience to climate change and users interaction with the building automation system applied to very efficient model homes. Before joining the University of Sydney she was doing a post-doc at the École Polytechnique fédérale del Lausanne (EPFL, CH), where she was engaged in a project aimed at developing a low-carbon outstanding building. Her research interests relate to the perceived and subjective thermal comfort in relation to the objective environmental comfort, hygrothermal performance of building components and materials, low-carbon design strategies and thermal energy storage.

Dr David Tapias Monne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
David Tapias is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Innovation in Applied Design Lab at The University of Sydney, working on the CRC-P16 project. He graduated from the ETSAB in Barcelona, and completed his PhD dissertation on the maison Prouvé in the same institution in 2013, in collaboration with the MNAM at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He is accredited as a Full Professor by the ANECA (Spanish Ministry of Education). David has learnt and taught at the ear URV (Reus) and The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin West, Arizona); and lectured in numerous national and international architecture schools, institutions and congresses. His works have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, received multiple recognitions and exhibited at four Venice Architecture Biennales and the Cité de l’architecture & de patrimoine in Paris.

Dr Simon Weir

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 technical arm is focused on the construction of stone architecture, new methods of cutting stone, and improving sandstone building maintenance processes using remotely piloted aircraft (drones). His research on innovative stone architecture can be found in the world leading publications, RobArch, CAADRIA, CAADFutures, and the forthcoming Stereotomy 2.0. New research projects include the construction of stone vaults and domes without formwork, and the robotic fabrication of large-scale, ultra-long-life “xenophilia” buildings in collaboration with Gosford Quarries.

Dr Paolo Stracchi

Paolo Stracchi is an Architectural Engineer and Lecturer in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning of the University of Sydney. He holds a PhD in Architecture and Construction from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His doctoral thesis was a practice-based investigation focused on the design and construction of the City of Sport in Rome designed by Santiago Calatrava which challenges arched and diagrid structures with complex geometric configurations and exceptional dimensions. While researching for his PhD, Paolo has taught and coordinated programs in Architectural Design and Technologies at the University of Rome - Tor Vergata.

Paolo has practised extensively as a Project Designer in Italy and Australia. His accomplishments also include winning architectural competitions as a designer in Italyand most recently in Australia where he collaborated with Koichi Takada Architects, Smart Design Studio and Johnson Pilton Walker. He was also Project Manager for the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy.

Higher Degree Researchers

Robyn Christie

PhD Candidate

Thesis title:Design with Context: Mapping places to design contemporary infill in the historic environment
Supervisors: Cameron Logan, Francois Blanciak, Glen Hill