Thea Brejzek is Professor for Spatial Theory at the University of Technology Sydney. Thea publishes and lectures widely on the history and theory of scenography and performative environments with a particular interest in transdisciplinary practices and the politics of space in performance. Thea Brejzek is Associate Editor of the Routledge Journal, Theatre and Performance Design and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau where her portfolio includes scenography, spatial design, and international relations. In 2013 she was a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London. In 2011, she was the Founding Curator for Theory at the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space (PQ), Prague.
Els De Vos, engineering architect and spatial planner, is associate professor at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp, where she lectures in the field of architectural history, architectural theory and interior design. Her PhD dissertation on the architectural, social and gender-differentiated mediation of dwelling in 1960s–1970s Belgian Flanders has been published with the University Press Leuven in 2012. She has co-edited with the University Press Antwerp several volumes in the field of architecture, including one on the architectural education in Antwerp (2013) and Theory by design (2013). She published in several national and international journals, including Technology and Culture, Home Cultures and The Journal of Interior Design. She’s a member of the scientific committee of the new open source scientific magazine called Inner – The interior architecture magazine (www.innermagazine.org).
Isabelle Doucet is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester where her research focuses on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and social responsibility in architecture. She is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and urban politics in the 1970s and the repercussions of architecture’s ‘post-political’ turn. She examines such questions through both conceptual-methodological inquiries and historical and contemporary cases.
Isabelle received a PhD in Architectural Theory from the Delft University of Technology in 2010. Before joining The University of Manchester she had taught in universities in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands. She is the author of The Practice Turn in Architecture: Brussels after 1968 (Routledge 2015). In addition to publishing journal articles and book chapters, she coedited (with Kenny Cupers) the special issue ‘Agency in Architecture’ for Footprint Journal (2009) and (with Nel Janssens) Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism (Springer, 2011). More recently, in 2016, she co-edited a special issue dedicated to ‘Architecture and Contestation’ for Candide Journal for Architectural Knowledge.
Selin Geerinckx is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp to examine the genealogy of interior architecture as of postwar Flanders and beyond. Her master dissertation in interior architecture for which she formulated an innovative theoretical discourse as an authentic guardian of the body and the spirit received highest distinction from the KU Leuven in 2016 in the frame of (cultural) heritage, authenticity and continuity. In order to put this research by design in practice she explored the interior of the Stella Maris Church in Zeebrugge together with the transmigrants for whom the priest granted a stay during freezing winter nights. The phenomenological relation between body and the interior space is an ambition she pursued to continue after her internship at the Junya.Ishigami+Associates (winner of the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale) in Tokyo. Here she learned how to implement a familiar concept for the ageing users as a new concept in contemporary healthcare in Japan.
Philip Goad is internationally known for his research and is an authority on modern Australian architecture. Philip has worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. Philip is an expert on the life and work of Robin Boyd, and has held visiting scholar positions at Columbia University, Bartlett School of Architecture (London) and UCLA (Los Angeles).
Philip is a past editor of Fabrications, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, and is a contributing editor to Architecture Australia. Along with Associate Professor Julie Willis, he is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture.
Janina Gosseye is an architectural scholar with a special research interest in the notion of collectivity in post-war architecture. Her writing is situated at the nexus of architectural theory, urban planning and social and political history. Janina is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Architecture (Australia), where she is a member of the Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre (ATCH). In 2012, Janina completed her PhD on the construction of new collective spaces in post-war Flanders at the University of Leuven (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof. Hilde Heynen. Part of her doctoral research was published as a book: Architectuur voor Vrijetijdscultuur (Leuven: Lannoo Campus, 2011). In 2013, Janina was awarded a ‘Veni’ grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to research the post-war development of shopping centres in Western Europe, and in 2015 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Queensland to investigate the post-war development of shopping centres in Australia. Janina’s work has been published in several leading journals, including the Journal of Architecture, the Journal of Urban History, Fabrications, the International Journal for History Culture and Modernity. She has edited and authored several books, including Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-1975 (London: Artifice, 2015) and Shopping Towns Europe, 1945-1975 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).
Russell Hall studied architecture at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Institute of Technology from 1965 to 1974 and for much of the early part of his career, worked in the offices of James Birrell in Brisbane and Port Moresby. Russell’s experience in tropical design was cemented by a number of years with the Papua New Guinea Housing Commission, during which he conceived and produced designs for pre-fabricated standard houses which could be easily and cheaply erected by landowners. Since his return from Papua New Guinea in the early 1980s, Russell has practised architecture on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, designing houses, townhouses and commercial premises.
His most well-known building is the Carpenter Hall House in Wilston, designed for his sister, which has featured not only in magazines and on television, but in most recent books on significant Australian architecture. Russell Hall’s awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects include House of the Year (1988 Judge Residence, Camp Island), numerous citations for residential & commercial buildings, Innovation in Architecture Awards for lighting and furniture and the John Herbert Award for Heritage Conservation Works for the Rialto Theatre Redevelopment.
Farhan Karim is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. His first book, Modernism of Austerity: Designing an Ideal Home for the Poor is forthcoming Spring 2018 from the University of Pittsburg Press. His edited book entitled Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement is forthcoming in Spring 2018. His current research focuses on the involvement of Euro-American architects in the modern architecture of postcolonial Pakistan (1947-71). His articles and reviews have appeared in Fabrication, Planning Perspectives, Journal of Cultural studies of Asia, and International Journal of Islamic Studies. His research has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Aga Khan Center for Muslim Architecture at MIT, Mellon-Volkswagen fellowship and Australian Leadership Award. He convened a research symposium (Fall 2016) Scholarship of Social Engagement at the University of Kansas. In Conjunction with Getty Research Foundation, he will co-organize a research workshop (Fall 2017) Pakistan As a Method: Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (1947-71). He will also convene a research workshop in collaboration with Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin (Summer 2018) Urban Experience of East Pakistan.
Luke Tipene is a Lecturer at University of Technology Sydney, Australia (UTS) in the Design Architecture and Building Faculty (DAB). His research focus includes theories of space, visual perception and architectural representation. Luke is working on a research investigation focusing on the role of drawing in the production of meaning in architecture. He has spoken at conferences on the subject of architectural drawing and has run design drawing workshops throughout Australia.
Luke maintains an active practice in drawing, curation and design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he has been involved in several artist-in-residence programs including the British Council Design residency in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Emerging Artist Studio residency at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney.
Kirsty Volz is a PhD candidate within the ATCH group at the University of Queensland. Her thesis discusses the built works of Queensland’s early women architects, focusing on the work of interwar architect and ceramist, Nell McCredie. Kirsty trained in both interior design and architecture and has previously held the position of Program Director, Interior Design and Environments at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. Her research on interior design and scenography has been published in the IDEA Journal, TEXT Journal, Lilith: a feminist history, and the International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design, for which she is also an associate editor. She also has chapters in two edited books: Occupation: ruin, repudiation, revolution: constructed space conceptualized (2015) and in the forthcoming Undesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design (2017).
Lawrence Wallen is Professor and Head of the Design School at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (UTS). From 2002 to 2012, Lawrence was Professor of Scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2011 he was the Australian Commissioner for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
Lawrence Studied Art at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst Vienna in the class of Ernst Caramelle, Architecture in Melbourne at RMIT and recently completed a Doctorate of Art centred around his conceptual drawing practice. His works span the performing arts, new media and spatial design. Consistent themes in both collaboration and single-authored work include performative space, spatial narrative and spatial memory. Lawrence Wallen’s current research interests focus on integrated forms of digital production in the narrative, immersive and interactive elements of new media, performance and urban space.
Recent projects include On the reconstruction of landscape, National Gallery, Cairotronica, Cairo Egypt (2016), Fractured landscape of mount subatico, City Gallery Le Logge, Assisi , Italy. The solo photomedia/video installation ‘Simultaneous’ in the Carlton Project Space, Sydney (2014), the solo drawing and photography installation ‘Ascension’ 1-3 at NG Art, Sydney (2013) ‘Writing the Landscape’ light installation festival BEEPART, Vilnius, Lithuania (2012). ‘The Mediterranean Diaries’ Aphrodite’s Island: The Nicholson Museum, Sydney Australia (2012 – 2015). The Installation Spatial Narratives – PQ2011 National Gallery Prague (2011 A Grammar of Space FCA Gallery University of Wollongong / UTS Gallery (2011), the installation Repetitive Systems (2009) for the Cairo Biennale.
Andrew Wilson is an architect, architectural educator, and researcher with a Master of Architecture (Research by Design) from RMIT University (2001) and professional architectural qualifications and experience. As Stream Leader – Design in the School of Architecture, Andrew is committed to architectural culture, critical approaches to design learning and an open international cultural exchange with a focus on the Asia Pacific.
Andrew Wilson’s research is focused on Research by Design; architecture as a open question, urban and social space, architecture’s relationship with the city, and scales of regional operation. His work has been published in leading journals including Casabella and Architecture Australia.
Wilson has contributed as a Chief Investigator to a competitive external research grant, lead by Professor John Macarthur from the Australian Research Council, a Linkage Grant for ‘Architectural Practice in Post-war Queensland (1945-1975): Building and Interpreting an Oral History Archive’. He has presented invited lectures and peer-reviewed conference papers in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He was a JSPS Invitation Visiting Fellow at the University of Tsukuba (2011), and Visiting Foreign Research Fellow in 2012 and 2013. He has been invited as Visiting Scholar to KU Leuven, Belgium in the second half of 2014. He has curated architectural exhibitions and his own architectural work and collaborations have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2008) and in Australia. He regularly contributes as a critic to Architectural Review (London), Japan Architect, Architecture Australia and Architectural Review Australia.