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Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage

About us

The Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) provides an international perspective on research and teaching in architectural history and heritage with a particular emphasis on Australia and the Asia-Pacific. It fosters a collaborative approach to the critical study of architectural history, heritage conservation and digital, cultural, landscape and urban heritage and design.

ACAHUCH is a member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS). Visit the ACHS website for further information.

Our Purpose

ACAHUCH aims to:

  • promote and undertake high-quality, collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the design, application, theory, history, politics and cultural significance of architectural, urban and cultural heritage;
  • support teaching and learning programs in heritage and architectural history, including post-graduate training and research higher degrees;
  • support the work of emerging scholars, and foster national and international collaborations;
  • develop and facilitate professional and community knowledge exchange;
  • engage with heritage policy, planning and practice, and with cultural and collecting institutions, government agencies, heritage professionals and others across the sector in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

Upcoming events


The Arts and Crafts, and Beyond: Opportunities for restoration, research and teaching at Macgeorge House, Ivanhoe

Japanese Room (Level 4, MSD Building), Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Macgeorge house and garden is located in Ivanhoe. Designed by Harold Desbrowe- Annear in 1911 the property was gifted to the University of Melbourne in 1975 by the Macgeorges as a bequest to promote the education in the Arts. Glas has prepared a landscape management strategy for the Macgeorge house garden which seeks to involve the University community. In this seminar we will invite academics, researchers and students to engage in a discussion of research and teaching initiatives as part of the long term conservation and rehabilitation of the indigenous culture, heritage, ecology and design of this special place.


Community Green: Rediscovering the Garden Suburb Tradition of Local Open Space

Malaysia Theatre (MSD Building), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

The planned provision of small enclosed open spaces in residential communities dates from the heyday of the global garden city and suburb movement at the turn of the last century. Progressive reformers at that time left a legacy of internal parks which have enjoyed mixed fortunes, but the idea continues to resurface in contemporary housing developments.

These spaces thus have a past, a present and a future presenting both challenges and opportunities for local communities and municipal authorities concerned with advancing goals of livability, sustainability and productivity in suburban areas.

This presentation aims to help resuscitate such secretive reserves from history as not only a distinctive small park morphology with as heritage in their own right but one whose problems and potentialities are relevant to many other green community spaces. In so doing new connections are opened up between the past and the future, localism and globalism, and connecting local collective action to broader global challenges of cohesion, health, food, and climate change.


Haunting, Memory & Place: ACAHUCH Symposium

Melbourne School of Design, 21-22 September, 2017

We are currently inviting applications for the annual symposium of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), based within the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne - more details on keynote speakers to follow.

Submit your abstract of no more than 500 words by 10 June 2017 to Dr Gareth Wilson. Successful applicants will be invited to present a 15 minute paper. Applications from early career researchers and PhD students are strongly encouraged.


The list of Urban and Cultural Heritage staff can be found here


ACAHUCH supports a wide range of research projects and publications. It also offers extensive teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels including the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage and PhD supervision.


ACAHUCH fosters important research in architectural, planning, cultural and urban history and heritage conservation. It also contributes to and produces a range of research publications.


ACAHUCH contributes to, organises and hosts a range of public lectures, seminars and conferences showcasing research projects and researchers.