Dr Chris L. Smith




Associate Professor
Chris L. Smith
Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné.
Room 328, G04 'Wilkinson Building', 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
+61 2 9351 5905

Chris L. Smith

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Research Areas | Units and Programs | Education | Professional Experience | Memberships and Associations | Biography | Publications and Outputs

Research areas:

  • Connections between biology, philosophy and architectural theory.
  • Matter, materiality and medicalisation of architecture.

Units taught and programs

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Arch), School of Architecture and the Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Membership of the Higher Education Academy, Newcastle University, UK.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné
  • 2011 | Treasurer of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia


  • Architecture Programs Committee, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
  • Architecture Management Committee, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.
  • NSW Australian Institute of Architecture Education Committee


Chris L. Smith is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné. Chris has lectured internationally. His research is concerned with the interdisciplinary nexus of philosophy, biology and architectural theory. He has published on the political philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; technologies of the body; and the influence of ‘the eclipse of Darwinism’ phase on contemporary architectural theory. Presently Chris is concentrating upon the changing relation the discourses of philosophy, biology and architecture maintain in respect to notions of matter and materiality and the medicalisation of architecture.

I am presently working on two key projects: The first is an edited text that is the result of a conference I co-organised in the UK with Andrew Ballantyne and Sally Jane Norman titled Architecture in the Space of Flows. The text will focus on the understanding of selves, buildings and cities as modulators of flows. This project draws upon research conducted through the Tectonic Cultures Research Group and the Cultural Technologies of the Body Research Group at Newcastle University UK. The second project is titled 'Architectures: Critical and Clinical'. This project explores a method derived from the work of Gilles Deleuze for the analysis of deployments of body constructs from medical to architectural theory. This work will extend from and contextualise a number of my published papers.

Publications and Outputs

Books | Book Chapters | Journal Articles | Conference Presentations and Publications | Architectural and Design | Public Lectures and Exhibitions


2012 | Andrew Ballantyne and Chris L. Smith, eds. Architecture in the Space of Flows, (London: Routledge).

Book Chapters

2012 | Chris L. Smith, ‘The Body, the Theatre and Speech’, in Dagmar Reinhardt ed., Youtopia:A Passion for the Dark. Architecture at the Intersection of Digital Processes and Theatrical Performance, (Melboourne and Wellington: Freerange Press, 2012), 88-95.

2012 | Andrew Ballantyne and Chris L. Smith ‘Fluxion’ in Ballantyne and Smith eds. Architecture in the Space of Flows, (London: Routledge, 2011), 1-39.

2012 | Chris L. Smith, 'Hopeful', in Elizabeth Grierson, Harriet Edquist and Hélène Frichot eds., Designing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice, (MA: Lexington Press: 2010).

2010 | Chris L. Smith, ‘Preceding an Architectural Body’, in Jean-Jacques LeCercle and Francoise Kral, eds. Awakawa and Gins: Architecture and Philosophy, (Amsterdam: Ridopi,), 121-37.

2009 | 'To Lighten: In the Glare of 01 Bligh', in Richard Francis-Jones, Lawrence Nield, Xing Ruan and Deborah van der Plaat (eds.), Skyplane, (Sydney: UNSW Press), 160-73.

2005 | 'Differential Mechanisms: form and matter' in The Erotic: Approaches to a Cultural Contextualisation. The eBook is Volume 5 of the Critical Issues series entitled 'The Erotic', edited by Koen De Temmerman.

2004 | 'Architecture, Biology, Philosophy and the Hopeful Monster', in Paul L. Yoder and Peter Mario Kreuter eds, Monsters and the Monstrous, (Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press, 2004).

2003 | 'The Impassive Politics of Language: Speech-acts and the Body of Architectural History', in Christian Hermansen and Elizabeth Tostrup eds, Context: (Theorising) History in Architecture and Design, (Oslo: Architekthøgskolen i Oslo), 107-15

Journal Articles

2011 | Chris L. Smith and Andrew Daly, ‘Architecture, Cigarettes and the Dispositif’, Architectural Theory Review, (16/1).

2010 | Smith, Chris L. and Ballantyne, Andrew, ‘Flow: Architecture, Object, Relation’, Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ), Cambridge University Press, (14/1) 21-27.

2009 | ‘Text and the Deployment of the Masochist’, Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, (14/3:2009), 45-57.

2008 | Chris L. Smith and Andrew Ballantyne, ‘Thinking Flows’, Architectural Theory Review, (13/3): 271-3.

2006 | ‘The Problem of Writing Architecture’, Journal for Cultural Research, 10(2), 185-197.

2002 | ‘The Habit and its Fictions: Analogy and the Appropriate(d) Body of Architecture,’ within John Macarthur & Antony Moulis, Colophon: Additions to Architectural History, (Brisbane: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand).

Conference Presentations and Publications

2001 | ‘anOther Hopeful Monster: Reading a Motion from Modern Figuration,’ within Formulation Fabrication, Papers of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand.

2000 | ‘A Very Becoming Whale: a (re)emerging Origin in the Construction of an Architectural Body,’ Habitus: a sense of place, international conference proceedings, Perth, Western Australia.

2009 | ‘Metaphors of Space: Between Poetry and Architecture’
Convened. Sydney Writers Festival, Pier 4 Sydney Dance Theatre; Bangarra Mezzanine, Walsh Bay. Sydney, Australia.24 May 2009,

2007 | ‘The Philosophy of Life: Architecture, Nature, Ethics’, Invited colloquium speaker, University of South Australia, 5 September 2007.

Public Lectures and Presentations

2010 | Metamorphosis exhibition, Co-curated with Sarah Benton and Ross Anderson, 05-28 August 2010, Tin Sheds Gallery

2009 | 'Constructing education', Tuesday Night Talks (TNT), Roundtable with Professor Shane Murray, May 05, Tusculum, AIA.

2006 | Architectural Interventions in the Body, March 13-19, 2006, An exhibition of conceptual design work in/of the body. Queen’s Campus, Durham University, UK

2005 | The Bolam Coyne Competition Exhibition,February 14-18, 2005, The Long Gallery, The Hatton, Newcastle University, UK. Exhibition.

2005 | City Sense Showcase, June 20-24, 2005. In collaboration with Northern Architecture and video artist Steve Baxter. The Park Centre, Cruddas Park, UK. Exhibition.