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The Society's Aim

To promote standards of excellence in architectural history through the following means:

  • facilitating communication between people active in architectural history in Australia and New Zealand.
  • encouraging discussion, criticism and debate among all who are interested in the subject of architectural history.
  • holding regular conventions at regional and national venues for the above purposes.
  • producing a scholarly journal.
  • encouraging student participation in its activities.
  • contributing to the teaching of architectural history.
  • supporting the processes of conservation in relation to such matters as significant structures and sites, documents and archives.


Since its inception in 1984 the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) has held annual conferences, which usually include a triple-stream programme, invited keynote speakers and associated field-trips. In 1989 the society established its refereed journal, Fabrications, which now appears as three issues yearly.

While the Society welcomes research considering all aspects of architectural history and theory, over the last three decades members have produced an impressive body of work relating to the architecture of first nations' people in Australasia and the South Pacific. Furthermore, as early as 1992 the annual conference called for papers relating to Asia and Australasia, and SAHANZ continues to encourage the development of research networks in this area. In particular, we invite scholars to submit work on Asian architecture to our annual conference and journal.

The Society's Names

The Society has three names. Acknowledging the status of first nations people in our respective countries, in 2011 the Society sought indigenous names which may be used in parallel to its English title.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, where Māori is an official language and where organisations take bilingual names, the society is also known as 'Ngā Pou Whare'. This literally means The posts of the house, where the words ngā pou mean the posts and whare means house, houses or buildings. The name is pronounced like this. 'Ngā Pou Whare' refers not only to physical structure, but also to depth of knowledge, history and the structure of the Society. Pou may also refer to people, so the name may also be understood to refer to the members of the Society. We thank Professor Rawinia Higgins at Victoria University of Wellington for her help determining this name.

The Kaurna Warra Pintyandi of the Adelaide Plains, South Australia have also provided a name in their language, Kaurna. The name 'Kangkalangkalarna Wardlirnaitya' means Talkers of Buildings and is pronounced like this. Since there is no pan-Australian indigenous language, this name is only used by the Society when it meets in the Adelaide region (where the Society was originally formed), and then in consultation with Kaurna Warra Pintyandi. We thank them and Dr Rob Amery of the University of Adelaide for their advice and support for this initiative.

For more information about Kaurna Warra Pintyandi and the Kaurna language Click here.

In Australia, conference organisers may at times consult with local groups to determine if it is appropriate to adopt a parallel indigenous name for the Society which is suitable at their conference location.

Life Members and Honorary Members

The Society awards Honorary and Life Memberships. Honorary memberships acknowledge contribution to the field of architectural history in Australasia. Life memberships acknowledge contribution to the discipline made by members of the society.

Life Members and Honorary Members
Margaret Alington (2008) d.
Brian Andrews (2008)
Mike Austin (2004)
Judith Brine (2002)
Philip Goad (2017)
Robert Irving (2003)
Miles Lewis (2013)
Ian Lochhead (2013)
John Macarthur (2013)
John Stacpoole (2002)
Jennifer Taylor (2015) d.
George Tibbits (2008) d.
Sarah Treadwell (2017)
Donald Watson (2008)

Current Officers

Naomi Stead (Monash University)
Janina Gosseye (University of Queensland)
Ashley Paine (University of Queensland)

Committee members
Bill McKay (University of Auckland)
John Ting (University of Canberra)
Amit Srivastava (University of Adelaide)
Nigel Westbrook (University of Western Australia)

Current Appointments

Stuart King (2014-2017)
Anoma Pieris (2016-2019)
Mirjana Lozanovska (2018-2021)

Editorial Board
Dr Karen Burns, University of Melbourne
Dr Amy Clarke, University of the Sunshine Coast
Assoc Prof Julia Gatley, University of Auckland
Prof Philip Goad, University of Melbourne
Dr Paul Hogben, University of New South Wales
Dr Stuart King, University of Tasmania
Prof Andrew Leach, University of Sydney
Dr Peter Scriver, University of Adelaide
Dr Lee Stickells, University of Sydney
Dr Deborah van der Plaat, University of Queensland
Prof Paul Walker, University of Melbourne (Chair)
Prof Julie Willis, University of Melbourne

Past Officers

President: Naomi Stead, Melbourne
Secretary: Janina Gosseye, Brisbane
Treasurer: Ashley Paine, Brisbane
President: Christoph Schnoor, Auckland
Secretary: Janina Gosseye, Brisbane (2015-16) and Amit Srivastava, Adelaide (2016-17)
Treasurer: Catherine Lassen, Sydney
President: Antony Moulis, Brisbane
Secretary: Alexandra Brown, Gold Coast
Treasurer: Leonie Matthews, Perth
President: Stuart King, Launceston
Secretary: Michael Chapman, Newcastle
Treasurer: Leonie Matthews, Perth
President: Robin Skinner, Wellington
Secretary: Nicole Sully, Brisbane
Treasurer: Leonie Matthews, Perth
President: Peter Kohane, Sydney
Secretary: Stuart King, Tasmania
Treasurer: Leonie Matthews, Perth
President: Hannah Lewi, Melbourne
Secretary: Kate Linzey, Wellington
Treasurer: Philip Goldswain, Perth
President: Harriet Edquist, Melbourne
Secretary: Igea Troiani, Brisbane
Treasurer: Kevin Green, Darwin
President: John Macarthur, Brisbane
Secretary: Andrew Leach, Wellington
Treasurer: Antony Moulis, Brisbane
President: Richard Blythe, Launceston
Secretary: Hannah Lewi, Perth
Treasurer: Scott Drake, Adelaide
President: Philip Goad, Melbourne
Secretary: Harriet Edquist (secretary) and
Ursula de Jong (membership secretary), Melbourne
Treasurer: Andrew Hutson, Melbourne
President: Desley Luscombe, Sydney
Secretary: Paul-Alan Johnson, Sydney
Treasurer: Stephen Frith, Canberra
President: Fiona Gardiner, Brisbane
Secretary: Ian Sinnamon (secretary) and
Brit Andresen (membership secretary), Brisbane
Treasurer: Michael Kennedy, Brisbane
President: Miles Lewis, Melbourne
Secretary: Anne Neale, Melbourne
Treasurer: Lorraine Huddle, Melbourne
President: Judith Brine, Canberra
Secretary: Donald Dunbar, Canberra
Treasurer: Duncan Marshall, Canberra
President: Peter Proudfoot, Sydney
Secretary: Peter Reynolds (secretary) and
Paul-Alan Johnson (membership secretary), Sydney
Treasurer: Robert Irving, Sydney
Acting President: Judith Brine, Adelaide
Secretary: Robyn Taylor, Adelaide
Treasurer: Donald Langmead, Adelaide
President: David Saunders, Adelaide
Secretary: Peter Bell, Adelaide
Treasurer: Donald Langmead, Adelaide

Past Appointments

Past Editors
2015-2017 Stuart King and Anoma Pieris
2013-2015 Julia Gatley and Stuart King
2011-2013 Deborah van der Plaat and Julia Gatley
2009-2011 Paul Walker and Deborah van der Plaat
2008-2009 Andrew Leach and Paul Walker
2006-2007 Deidre Brown and Andrew Leach
2003-2005 Hannah Lewi and Deidre Brown
2002-2003 Julie Willis and Hannah Lewi
1999-2002 Philip Goad and Julie Willis
1997-1999 Stephen Frith and Philip Goad
1991-1997 Robert Irving
1989-1991 Desley Luscombe and Stanislaus Fung

Past Editorial Boards
Vols. 26-27 Karen Burns, Amy Clark, Julia Gatley, Philip Goad, Paul Hogben, Andrew Leach, Peter Scriver, Lee Stickells, Deborah van der Plaat, Paul Walker, Julie Willis.
Vols. 24-25 Deidre Brown, Karen Burns, Ursula de Jong, Philip Goad, Paul Hogben, Andrew Leach, John Macarthur, Peter Scriver, Lee Stickells, Deborah van der Plaat, Paul Walker, Julie Willis.
Vols. 22-23 Deidre Brown, Karen Burns, Ursula de Jong, Harriet Edquist, Andrew Leach, Hannah Lewi, John Macarthur, Naomi Stead, Bill Taylor, Paul Walker, Julie Willis.
Vols. 20-21 Deidre Brown, Karen Burns, Ursula de Jong, Harriet Edquist, Julia Gatley, Peter Kohane, Andrew Leach, Hannah Lewi, John Macarthur, Naomi Stead, Bill Taylor, Julie Willis.
Vols. 18-19 Mike Austin, Deidre Brown, Philip Goad, Hannah Lewi, Peter Kohane, Ian Lochhead, John Macarthur, Naomi Stead, William Taylor, Sarah Treadwell, Julie Willis.
Vols. 16 to 17 Mike Austin, Peter Bell, Judith Brine, Philip Goad, Hannah Lewi, Peter Kohane, Ian Lochhead, John Macarthur, Sarah Treadwell, Paul Walker, Julie Willis.
Vols. 14 to 15 Mike Austin, Peter Bell, Judith Brine, Peter Kohane, Ian Lochhead, Geoffrey London, John Macarthur, Sarah Treadwell, Paul Walker, Julie Willis.
Vols. 10 to 13, 2000-2007 Mike Austin, Peter Bell, Judith Brine, Joan Kerr, Miles Lewis, Ian Lochhead and Jennifer Taylor.
Vols. 8 and 9, 1997-1999 Peter Bell, Judith Brine, Conrad Hamann, Joan Kerr, Miles Lewis, Ian Lochhead and Jennifer Taylor.
Vols. 4 to 7, 1993-1996 Peter Bell, Judith Brine, Conrad Hamann, Robert Irving (as editor), Joan Kerr, Miles Lewis, Ian Lochhead and Jennifer Taylor.
Vols. 1 to 3, 1989-1991 Richard Apperly, Judith Brine, Conrad Hamann, Robert Irving, Joan Kerr and Miles Lewis.

Recipients of the
David Saunders Founder's Grant

2017 Joshua Nash, NSW 'Connecting Pitcairn Island and Norfolk Island Through Architecture: Islands, architecture, and language.'
2016 Renee Miller-Yeaman, Vic. 'Domestic projections of hospitality in Australia's migrant hostels in the 1960s.'
2015 Kirsty Volz, Qld. 'Digital Archive of Nellie McCredie's architectural work.'
2014 No award.
2013 Fiona Gray, Vic. 'Shack-ri-la: the history, heritage and simple pleasures of Campbell's Cove's humble hideaways.'
2012 Emily Juckes and Kelly Greenop, Qld. 'Aboriginal and European histories of Peel Island.' [Research awarded best paper award at SAHANZ conference 2013.]
2011 Tanya Poppelreuter, N.Z. 'The Influx of Modernism to New Zealand: Refugee Architects before 1940.'
2010 Jared Bird and Susan Holden, Qld. 'Animated Nets: Trajectories of Post-war European Urbanism, Two Brisbane Case Studies.'
2009 Anne Watson, 'Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House: the lost years 1966-69.'
2008 Anuradha Chatterjee, NSW 'Touching the Surace, Looking for Substance - The Role of the Surface in Australian Architecture form 1990-2008.'
2007 Louise Bird, 'Architect Designed: The Role of the Architect in Designing the Adelaide Inter-war Garden.'
2006 Nicole van Ruler, N.Z. 'M.H. Wevers: Architectuur New Zealand.'
2005 Julia Gatley, N.Z. '"Success of New Zealand Lady Architect" Revisited: Alison Shepherd, ARIBA.'
2004 Jeanette Budgett, N.Z. 'Mission Period Architecture, Mangaia, Cook Islands.'
2003 Igea Troiani, Qld. 'The architecture of Stuart McIntosh, 1950-1970.' and Ellen Andersen, N.Z. 'Maori Architectural Artefacts on Display Outside New Zealand.'
2002 Don Roderick, Qld. 'Queensland Vernacular Architecture.'
2001 No award.
2000 Catherine Townsend, Vic. 'Émigré Architects in Australia.'
1999 Katrina Place, Vic. 'Country Estates and Commissions of Walter Butler.'
1998 Paul Hogben, NSW 'Hotel Architecture of the 1950s.'


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