Research into the history of architecture, landscapes and the urban realm is critical to the continual re-shaping of our understandings of the past, and to the informing of creative responses in the present and future.
The Faculty has an outstanding reputation in research in these directions. Profiled here are a selection of projects that include histories of institutions, key Australian and international architects, and new ways of engaging communities in their past.
Animating the Archive
The aim of this project is one of outreach to and engagement with cultural organisations to probe the future of innovative uptake of mobile and media technology.
Architecture and Industry: The migrant contribution to nation-building
Linking immigrant social histories to industrialisation through an explicitly spatial analysis, this project explores the post-war architectural, rural and industrial landscapes of Australia as shaped by the labour of displaced persons.
Bauhaus Australia: Émigrés, Refugees and the Modernist Transformation of Education in Art, Architecture, and Design, 1930 to 1970
Campus: Building Modern Australian Universities
The commitment to the environmental quality of university campuses is central to the modern contemporary tertiary experience and represents a growing multi-million dollar public investment in higher education infrastructure.
Citizen Heritage: Digital and Community-based Histories of Place
This project explores new digital technologies to enhance the visibility of lesser-known precincts of urban heritage.
Designing Australian Schools: A Spatial History of Innovation, Pedagogy and Social Change
Designing Australia’s Schools is an historical, cross disciplinary study of innovations in the design of Australian primary and secondary schools across the twentieth century.
Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture
The first comprehensive reference text to be published on Australian architecture. Unique in its breadth and depth, and revealing new knowledge on architects, their buildings and the ways they designed and built them.
Glass at Work
The construction industry has the reputation to innovate slowly in time. Technological retrospectives, therefore, have the potential to help to identify how strategic changes can affect the built environment.
Level-crossing removals: learning from Melbourne’s experience
Getting the best from level-crossing removals in Melbourne.
Making Architectural Identity: The Architecture of John Andrews
Understanding the contemporary globalisation of architecture
Making Landscape Architecture in Australia
This book on the history of landscape architecture in Australia, the first of its kind, profiles the people who have shaped the nation's landscape.
New Tools and Techniques for Learning in the Field
Enabling interactive learning in the field
Rethinking Modern Asia-Pacific Architectures: New Aesthetic Pedagogies International Workshop
A forum for critical reflection on the histories, pedagogies and practices of architecture in the Asia-Pacific.
Temporal Cities, Provisional Citizens: Architectures of Internment
The expedient design, assembly and erection of WWII internment facilities, and their subsequent transformation for post-war detention and commemoration has produced a legacy of camp environments associated with citizenship.