As part of my postdoctoral research project in the ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) research group at the University of Queensland, I am organising a symposium entitled ‘Writing Architecture: A symposium on architectural criticism and the written representation of architecture’. It will be held at the University of Queensland on Saturday August 15. It will be the first of two planned events on the subject of writing architecture and architectural criticism. This first event will be a relatively informal workshop, intended to discuss broad issues and map out the parameters, key questions, case studies and scope of the second, more formal event in February 2010, which will result in a book. You can download the call for papers here.


In 2008, I led a grant application for funding under the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit grant program to encourage women to enrol in non-traditional fields. In the case of my faculty, these were defined as Architecture and Construction. The project is entitled ‘Examining and Overcoming Gender Barriers in the Built Environment Professions: Student recruitment, retention, and ongoing career development’. The outcome of the project will be a series of six short films, addressing issues of gender in/equity, career progression, student recruitment, misconceptions about the architecture and construction professions, and the opportunities of working in such jobs, through interviews with a range of students, academics, and practitioners. They will be completed later in 2009 and posted on the web.


My PhD students past and present, all enrolled at the University of Technology Sydney, are:

Helen Box, who successfully completed her PhD in 2008. It was entitled ‘Homeless, Sticky, Design Strategies for Creative, Visual, Investigative Projects’ and was primarily in the field of Visual Communication Design.

Cristina Garduno-Freeman, who is currently working on a thesis about the way that heritage studies understands and evaluates the social significance of architecture, using the Sydney Opera House as a case study, and exploring the potential of interactive web 2.0 technologies to contribute to this question. Her fields are architectural theory, heritage studies, and cultural studies.

Liisa Naar is currently working on a project about what the concept of design patronage might mean in Sydney today, especially in state-commissioned projects. Her field is visual communication design and design studies.

Jennifer Preston, who is currently working on a thesis about public stairways in Sydney, and their significance in urban and historical terms. Her field is architectural and urban history and theory.

Zoe Sadokierski, who is currently working on a thesis about multimodality, the use of visual elements, and word / image relations in contemporary art fiction. Her fields are Visual Communication Design and visual studies.

Vicki Liebovitz, who has recently enrolled in a PhD, studying photographic archives in museum collections in Sydney.


In July of 2008, along with Adam Haddow of SJB architects and a group of Master of Architecture students from UTS, I spent three weeks in Ararat, in country Victoria, on an intensive field design studio. You can see some of the students’ research and design work at the studio blog site, and some photographs on the Flickr stream.


In 2007, I received an Early Career Research Grant from UTS for a project entitled ‘Mapping Sydney: A Theoretical Analysis of Tourist Maps, Itineraries, and Guides to the City.’ This project examines the way that tourist media such as guidebooks, itineraries, guided walks, ‘must see’ lists, and specialist tourist maps represent the city of Sydney. It questiosn the way such tourist representations curate urban space as a series of built artifacts, landmarks, and souvenirs, to be ‘collected’ in the experience of the city. It examines the idea that these media constitute the city as a kind of ‘museum’ of sights, spectacles, and objects to be consumed, by observing the way the city is re-imagined and re-inscribed through the distinct mappings of different tourist subcultures. The project will result in an exhibition in July 2009, accompanied by a book publication in collaboration with a number of Sydney-based and international artists and graphic designers


In late 2007 into 2008 I lived in Sweden, undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden at Linkoping University, under the guidance of Professor Johan Fornas. The fellowship was funded through the Swedish Institute. The research project was entitled ‘Architectural Criticism and Film Criticism: A Comparison of Theoretical Paradigms and Practical Tactics’. The project was a comparative analysis of the role and process of criticism in film, and of criticism in architecture. It sought to derive processes, techniques, and theoretical paradigms from film criticism, which might then find theoretical or practical application in architectural criticism. The project did by approaching the two fields through a quite specific aperture: namely how their respective critical frameworks are conditioned by their relative conceptions of authorship.


In February 2007 I was the co-convenor, with Dr Jason Prior, of the international conference Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries, held at the University of Technology Sydney.


In September 2003, along with my friend and collaborator Maryam Gusheh, I co-edited the conference proceedings of PROGRESS: the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand. The conference was held at the University of Sydney.

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