Barrie Shelton

Title: Mr
Name: Barrie Shelton
Position: Honorary Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Barrie Shelton’s primary interest is in urbanism with expertise in urban design, urban design history and theory and urban morphology: this arises from a fascination with how cities work, look and feel. Further, his experience spans the fields of planning, architecture and geography, and covers university teaching, research, scholarly and popular writing, and practice.

Between 2002 and Semester 1, 2010, he directed graduate urban design programs in this Faculty. As an Honorary Associate Professor, he continues to offer occasional urban design lectures and seminars in coursework and research programs, collaborate with former colleagues and provide advice to research students in his specialist areas.

His work over the last two decades has focused increasingly on East Asia: he was a Japan Foundation Fellow in 1996, released the internationally acclaimed Learning from the Japanese City: West Meets East in Urban Design in 1999 (London: Spon), and was Visiting Professor at Nagoya University in 2008. He is also co-author of The Making of Hong Kong: from vertical to volumetric (London: Routledge) – for release later this year. A feature of his work is that it crosses disciplines and cultures; accordingly it has been released and reviewed in a range of academic, professional and popular publications in the fields of architecture, urban design, planning, geography, visual culture and heritage. He is currently Associate Professor – Urban Design at the University of Melbourne.

Publications - since 1999 only

2010 in press ‘Adelaide’s urban design: pendular swings in concepts and codes’ in Stephen Marshall (ed) Urban Coding, London: Routledge (release Dec)

2010 in press, (with J Karakievicz & T Kvan), The Making of Hong Kong: from Vertical to Volumetric: London: Routledge (release Nov)

2010, ‘Fear Free City’ Architectural Review Australia 116 Aug/Sept, pp 84-87

2009 ‘East Asian Urbanism: notes from Hong Kong and Nagoya’ Journal of Asian Urbanism, September, pp 24-27

Shelton, B 2009, Urbanism: Prelude to Architecture - Nurturing Dreams: Collected essays on Archiecture and the City by Fumihiko Maki, Built Environment, 35(2), 286-288

2007 ‘Form Follows Topography’ in Trevor Howells, Sydney University Architecture Guide, Sydney: Watermark Press, pp 32-35

2007 (with G London & C Bull) Directions: Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition Hobart: Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority 50 pp, ISBN 978-0-9803993-0

2006 (with E Okayama), ‘Between Text and Pictures in Japan’ Visible Language Vol 40 (2), pp 155-176

2006 ‘New Urbanism – Dense and Hybrid’ Urban Design Quarterly, Spring 2006, pp 20-22

2005 ‘NSW Coastal Urban Design Initiative Rewarded: 2002-2005 and beyond’, Australian Planner 42 (4), pp 8-9

2004 ‘Reflections on Japanese Writing and Built Form’ Architectural Theory Review, 9 (1) pp 82-96

2003 ‘The City as Subject: Seki Hajime and the Reinvention of Modern Osaka - J E Hanes’ (review), Japanese Studies, Vol 23 (1), pp 88-90

2003 ‘Vertical Urbanism’ Built Environment, 29 (1) pp 82-83

2003 ‘The Public Face of Architects’ Built Environment, 28 (4) pp 340-341

2001 ‘States of Mind - from Soweto to Singapore’ Built Environment, 27 (4) pp 318-319

2000 ‘Cliff Hanger: Bennison-Read House’ Architectural Review Australia, pp 96-101

2000 ‘Talking to Japanese Architects’ Built Environment, Vol 26 (1), pp 83-84

1999 ‘Fluctuating Fortunes of the Public Realm’ in City Edge Conference Transcripts (Ed. E Charlesworth), Melbourne, pp 82-89

1999 Learning from the Japanese City : West meets East in Urban Design London/New York: E&FN Spon


Shelton, B, Karakiewicz, J, Kvan, T 2011, The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric, Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis, London

Shelton, B 2012, Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design, Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis, London

Book Chapters

Shelton, B 2011, Adelaide's Urban Design: Pendular Swings in Concepts and Codes, Urban Coding and Planning, Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, 137-157