Inaugural PhD Colloquium

Papers by current research higher degree students were presented at the inaugural SAHANZ PhD Symposium on Architectural History, which took place on 27 November 2015 at The University of Queensland, Brisbane. The symposium offered students expert commentary on research was well as roundtable discussions on academic networking and publishing.

The symposium was supported by the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) and hosted by the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland.


  • Julia Gatley (Deputy Head, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland)
  • Andrew Leach (Professor of Architectural History, Griffith University)
  • Inger Mewburn (Director of Research Training, Australian National University)
    Charles Rice (Professor of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney).

Biographies of participants

Dr Julia Gatley, a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Melbourne, is Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. She worked as a New Zealand Historic Places Trust conservation advisor and then as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania before taking up her position in Auckland in 2006. She writes about twentieth-century architecture, and has published four books with Auckland University Press: Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington (with Paul Walker; 2014), Athfield Architects (2012), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (2010) and Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture, 1904-1984 (2008). Julia is chair of DOCOMOMO New Zealand and a co-editor of Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. She teaches in the fields of architectural history and heritage conservation.

Andrew Leach is Professor of Architectural History at Griffith University, where he holds an ARC Future Fellowship. He studied at Victoria University of Wellington (BA, MArch) and Ghent University (PhD) and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Queensland, Ghent University and Griffith University. His books include What is Architectural History? (Polity 2010) and Manfredo Tafuri (A&S 2007) and the forthcoming edited volumes Off the Plan (CSIRO, with Caryl Bosman & Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes), The Baroque in Architectural Culture 1880-1980 (Ashgate, with John Macarthur & Maarten Delbeke) and On Discomfort (Ashgate, with David Ellison). His writing has most recently been published in AA Files, Architectural Histories, Criticat and Project, with essays forthcoming in Grey Room and JSAH. Leach is on the editorial boards of Architectural Histories, Grey Room, De Witte Raaf and the RDA Journal. He chairs the editorial board of SAHANZ and is a former editor of the Society’s journal Fabrications. He is currently working on a short history of Rome, an architectural history of the Gold Coast and a study of the Italian historiography of the architectural baroque.

Inger Mewburn is a researcher, specialising in research education since 2006. Prior to this she lectured in architecture and worked in architecture offices for around a decade. Mewburn is currently the Director of Research Training at The Australian National University where she is responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience to inform practice. She is editor and contributor to the Thesis Whisperer, http://thesiswhisperer.com/ and writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in the digital practices of academics.

Educated in Australia and the UK, Charles Rice is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Architectural Association, and Kingston University London, where he was Head of the School of Art and Design History. Rice’s research considers questions of the interior across art, architecture and design. His book The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (Routledge 2007) established the domestic interior as a category of the nineteenth century, charting its impact on key developments in architecture and design into the twentieth century. His current book project, Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (Bloomsbury 2016), uses Portman’s vast urban interiors as a lens through which to assess the changing developmental landscape of the post-war city. Rice is co-editor of The Journal of Architecture (Routledge & RIBA). He has co-edited several collections of essays, and his own essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has been invited to lecture at universities and cultural institutions internationally, and has acted as an external examiner for research degrees at universities in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK.

Symposium Convenors

Academic Committee

  • Alexandra Brown (Griffith University)
  • Leonie Matthews (The University of Queensland)
  • Karen Burns (Monash University)
  • Julia Gatley (University of Auckland)
  • Stuart King (University of Tasmania)
  • Christoph Schnoor (Unitec Institute of Technology)
  • Antony Moulis (The University of Queensland).