Dr Lee Stickells



Lee Stickell
Lecturer, Architecture and Urban Design; Coordinator, Master of Architecture Program
Room 309, G04 'Wilkinson Building', 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
+61 2 9351 2328

 Dr. Lee Stickells

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Research Areas | Units and Programs | Academic Qualifications | Biography | Publications and Outputs

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    Units and Programs

    • ARCH9062 | Urban Design - Ideas and Methods
    • MARC4001 | Urban Architecture Research Studio

    Academic Qualifications

    • PhD | University of Western Australia
    • Postgraduate Certificate | Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, West England.
    • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) | First Class, University of Western Australia.
    • Bachelor of Environmental Design | University of Western Australia.


    Dr Lee Stickells is a Senior Lecturer in the Sydney 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.

    Lee was trained as an architect at the University of Western Australia, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours in 1998. He subsequently took up a PhD scholarship under William Taylor and Nigel Westbrook at the University of Western Australia. Whilst undertaking postgraduate research he also gathered a range of professional experience in urban design and architecture – predominantly in Australia and Asia – including with leading Australian practices Donaldson + Warn and Woods Bagot. Moving to the UK in 2004, he was employed in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England, where he taught in architecture and urban design as well as directing the Master of Urban Design program. In 2008 he returned to Australia to take up a position at the University of Sydney. Lee has also been a sessional tutor and visiting critic at Curtin University, University of Strathclyde, TU Eindhoven, University of Bath, University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of South Australia.

    Lee has edited the books The Right to the City (Tin Sheds Gallery, 2011, with Zanny Begg) and Expanded Architecture (Broken Dimanche Press, 2012, with Sarah Breen Lovett). His scholarly work has been published in anthologies including Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Society (Routledge, 2009), Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective (Peter Lang, 2010) and Beyond Utopia (Errant Bodies Press, 2012). He has also published work in journals including ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly and Architectural Theory Review and Transition. He is currently a co-editor of Architectural Theory Review.

    Lee also maintains a number of para-academic writing, exhibition and art projects. These include an ongoing collaboration with the artist Sarah Breen Lovett on site-specific projection works, exhibition curation such as “Hidden Sydney” (Paper Mill Gallery, 2011), and experimental writing work with UK artist Sophie Warren. Lee has regularly published as an architectural critic in Australia, writing for The Architect (WA), Architecture Australia, Architectural Review Australia, and Monument. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the not-for-profit organisation Make Space for Architecture.

    His current research projects include a study of Australian architectural activism in the 1960s and 1970s, a project on the use of mobile technologies in built environment education, and an edited book related to the “Hidden Sydney” exhibition.



    Expanded Architecture (Berlin, Broken Dimanche Press: 2012) [edited with Sarah Breen Lovett]

    The Right to the City (Sydney, Tin Sheds Gallery: 2011) [edited with Zanny Begg]

    Book Chapters

    “Thinking the Break”, in Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds), Beyond Utopia (Los Angeles, Errant Bodies Press: 2012)

    “Haunting the Boneyard”, in Gillian Pye (Ed), Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, (Oxford; Bern, Peter Lang Publishers: 2010) [with Nicole Sully]

    “Things That Go Bump in the Night: What price to save Perth’s heritage?” in Ian Alexander, Dave Hedgcock and Shane Greive (Eds), Planning Perspectives in Western Australia : A reader in theory and practice (Fremantle, Fremantle Press and Curtin University: 2010) [with Brian J. Shaw]

    “Flow Urbanism: The Heterotopia of Flows,” in Lieven De Cauter and Michel Dehaene (Eds), Heterotopia and the City – Public Space in a Post-civil Society (London, Routledge: 2008)

    Journal Articles

    “The Right to the City: Rethinking Architecture’s Social Significance”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol.16, No.3 2011 [editorial]

    “Untimely Prospects”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol.16, No.2 2011 [editorial with Naomi Stead and Michael Tawa]

    “A Heap of Wrecked Maps”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol.16, No.2 2011

    “Writing Architecture”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol.15, No.3 2010 [editorial with Naomi Stead]

    “Conceiving an Architecture of Movement”, ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly, Vol.14, No.1 2009

    “Selling the City in Landscape”, Transition No.59-60 1998

    Professional articles, Reviews and Interviews

    “Barangaroo Redux”, architectureau.com, 29 March 2012 [http://architectureau.com/articles/barangarooo-redux/]

    “Pig Architecture”, Architecture Australia, March/April 2012 [with Glen Hill]

    “Profile: Officer Woods Architects”, Architectural Review Australia, October/November 2011 [in press]

    “Sharing streets: is the answer to get naked?” theconversation.edu.au, 16 September 2011 [http://theconversation.edu.au/sharing-streets-is-the-answer-to-get-naked-2987]

    “The Making of Hong Kong – from Vertical to Volumetric”, Architectural Review Australia, June/July 2011 [book review]

    “Portman Space/Interior Urbanism”, Architecture Australia, January/February 2011 [exhibition review]

    “The Inexact Science of City Building”, Monument, No. 100 December/January 2010

    “Utopia’s Ghost: Interview with Reinhold Martin”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol.15, No.3 2010 [with Charles Rice]

    “Now + When”, Architecture Australia, September/October 2010 [exhibition review]

    “Instant Urbanism: Just Add Water”, Architecture Australia, May/June 2010

    “Mapping Sydney”, Architecture Australia, November/December 2009 [exhibition review]

    “Shifting Views: Selected Essays on the Architectural History of Australia and New Zealand” in JSAH, Vol.68, No.3 September 2009 [book review]

    “Return to Form: Joseph Rykwert”, Architectural Review Australia, April/May 2009 [interview]

    “Perth Waterfront: In Response”, Architecture Australia, May/June 2008

    “Fading events and places”, Architecture Australia November/December 2003 [exhibition review]

    “Pattern and Event”, Architecture Australia, January/February 2003 [building review]

    “Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame- Reference, Representation and Red Dirt”, The Architect (WA), Autumn 2002 [building review]

    “Arca Marble and Granite- A Primer for Folly Viewing”, The Architect (WA), Autumn 2001 [building review]

    Conference Papers and Publications

    “Other Australian Architecture: Excavating alternative practices of the 1960s and 1970s”, Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, 5-8 July 2012.

    “A foray into the Vertical Common: The practice of utopia”, Sustainable theory / theorizing sustainability: 5th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia, Wellington, New Zealand, 4-5 September 2009

    “Imaginary Construction: Filmic Processes Within The Architectural Design Studio,” Design Cinema Conference 2008, ITU Taskisla, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-22 November 2008 [with Jonathan Mosley]

    “Haunting the Boneyard.” The Aesthetics of Trash: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 4-6 September 2008 [with Nicole Sully]

    “Conceiving an Architecture of Movement,” David Benyon and Ursula De Jong (Eds), History in Practice: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, 3-6 July 2008

    “Learning More From Las Vegas,” David Benyon and Ursula De Jong (Eds), History in Practice: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Geelong, 3-6 July 2008 [with Nicole Sully]

    “Film/Architecture/Narrative,” Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space and the Moving Image, University of Liverpool, UK, 26-28 March 2008 [with Jonathan Mosley]

    “Architecture and motion: shifting spaces of encounter,” Isolation: Disconnection, solitude and seclusion in a connected world, Hobart, 14-16 December 2006

    “Questioning History: Conflict between perceived property rights and heritage listing in Perth, Western Australia,” Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London, UK 30 August – 1 September 2006 [with Nicole Sully]

    “Perfectibility and Affective Form: eighteenth century origins of reforming architecture,” The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 35th Annual Conference, St. Hugh's College, Oxford, UK, 4-6 January 2006

    “’There is No Village:’ Problems of Heritage and Remembering in Perth,” Andrew Leach and Gill Matthewson (Eds), Celebration: Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, 26-29 September 2005 [with Nicole Sully]

    “Flow Urbanism: Heterotopia and Affective Form,” The Rise of Heterotopia, EAAE Conference, Leuven, Belgium 26-28 May 2005

    “Modernism and the Games Village”, Additions: Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, 4-7 October, 2002

    “Form and Reform”, FIRM(ness) commodity DE-light?: questioning the canons, Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, September 1998

    Symposia, Invited Lectures and Presentations

    “Tools for the Transitional City”, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, May 3 2012 [invited lecture and panel discussion]

    “Flow Urbanism”, The Rocks Interpretive Events Incubator Workshop, The Rocks Discovery Museum, 15 November 2011 [invited lecture and seminar]

    “Architectures of Encounter” at Tuesday Night Talks - Not the same talking heads, AIA NSW, 2 August 2011 [invited lecture]

    “Interactivity and Public Space”, 23 September 2011, Bulletin Place, Sydney [panel discussion moderated by Gary Sangster]

    “Swiss Cheese and Beanbags: Producing Interior Urbanism”, Monash Architecture Design Research Forum, Monash University, 12 November 2010 [invited lecture]

    “Producing Educational Mobilities”, Architecture, Critical and Clinical - Symposium, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, 15-16 July 2010

    “Thinking the Break”, Writing Around the Kitchen Table: Spatial Writing Practices, Melbourne, 7 June 2010 [invited lecture]

    “Writing the City: Tactics and Text in the Work of Mosley and Warren”, Writing Architecture: A Symposium on Architectural Criticism and the Written Representation of Architecture, The University of Queensland, August 15-16 2009


    Urban Interventions, Make Space for Architecture, The Rocks, Sydney, 13 – 22 April, 2012 [curator]

    Hidden Sydney, Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney, 1 – 3 December, 2011 [curator]

    Expanded Architecture 2011, Carriage Works, Sydney, 26 October 2011 [Co-director with Sarah Breen Lovett and Yvette Hamilton]

    The Right to the City, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 7 – 28 April, 2011 [Curated with Zanny Begg]

    Expanded Architecture – International Architecture Film Night, Performance Space, Carriage Works, Sydney, 6 November 2010 [Co-director with Sarah Breen Lovett]

    Film/Architecture /Narrative, The Architecture Centre, Bristol, 21 April – 21 May, 2007 [Curated with Jonathan Mosley]

    Watchet Regeneration: From basic to blue-sky, Phoenix Centre, Watchet, 8 – 10 September, 2006 [Curator]

    Creative Works

    “Agonistic Litany”, in Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley (Eds), Beyond Utopia, Errant Bodies Press, 2012 [experimental text work created with Sophie Warren]

    Living Archive in Hidden Sydney, Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney 1 – 3 December 2011 [installation work]

    LIMIT.CYCLE, FraserStudios - Dwyer St Façade, 6pm - 9pm, 19 August 2011 [installation work created with Sarah Breen Lovett]

    Window/Wound, screening at The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, 10 – 20 February 2011 [film created with Sarah Breen Lovett]

    Window/Wound, BMA House, Macquarie Street, Sydney, 24 – 27 September 2010 [installation work commissioned by Silvester Fuller Architects and created with Sarah Breen Lovett]

    The Two Coins, Bristol, June – July 2007 [consultant for realisation of Abolition 200 public art installation by Graeme Mortimer Evelyn]