Researcher biography

I work in the history and theory of architecture where I have what are probably too many interests. First among these has been in the history of ideas about architecture as an art form, and the aesthetic category of the picturesque. I was lead investigator on the research project Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-75 which was a book and an exhibition at State Library of Queensland. I’m currently editing a book of essays on the one of the most significant of these architects, the Austrian émigré Karl Langer. My colleagues and I are winding up a project “Is Architecture Art?” which looks at cross disciplinary practices internationally and in Australia, and I regularly engage as a critic of contemporary architecture. I’m currently developing a project on the absence of architecture in Australian cultural policy. I was founding director of the ATCH Research Centre in the School of Architecture at UQ where I am presently Chair of Research.