ACAHUCH fosters important research in architectural, planning, cultural and urban history and heritage conservation. It also contributes to and produces a range of research publications.
Back to the Past: future challenges for better, safer, building design and construction
Giorgio Marfella & Jeanette Barbaro, 2019 | This article looks at the evolution of the built environment in Melbourne, and considers the origins and appropriateness of the current system of building regulation in Australia
NUCLEUS meets the Minimum: Ernest Fooks, the small house and the flat in post-war Melbourne
Philip Goad, 2019 | An exploratory article for the RMIT Design Archive journal examining the interest in the minimum house demonstrated by Viennese émigré Ernest Fooks, and how these interests translated to the Melbourne context.
The theoretical inapplicability of regionalism to analysing architectural aspects of Islamic shrines in Iran in the last two centuries
Faramarz Pour Hassan, Miles Lewis, Qinghua Guo, 2013 | This study examines the ways in which Western Orientalism, even in regionalist language, has failed to present a comprehensive image in analysing architectural works in developing countries, like Iran, in which internationalism did not change every aspect of architectural forms.
Perspecta 9/10 and the Emergence of a Postmodern American Architecture
Annmarie Brennan, 2016 | Beginning with an overview of Perspecta 9/10, this paper will examine how the medium of the student-edited architectural magazine assisted in promoting the idea of an American architecture during the mid-1960s.
Robin Boyd and the Vernacular
Philip Goad, 2019 | An exploratory article for the RMIT Design Archive journal exploring Robin Boyd's rationale behind his writing and architecture, its links to the vernacular, and its influence on the single-family house.
Telling Transnational Histories of Women in Architecture, 1960–2015
Karen Burns, Lori Brown, 2020 | This essay uses an emergent transnational research project — a global encyclopaedia of women in architecture — as a site for unsettling the terms, chronology, and geography of feminist histories of architecture
Graduate Research Papers and Theses
Boom Mannerism: The Architectural Practice of Gerard Wight and William Lucas from 1885 to 1894
Jennifer Fowler, 2020 | An analysis of the Boom era firm of Wight and Lucas from 1885 to 1894, in the context of the historiography of the Boom Style and its impact on the built environment of Melbourne.
At the intersection of heritage preservation, urban transformation, and everyday life in the twentieth-century Australian city
James Phillip Lesh, 2018 | A global urban history of the Australian city, an analysis of its urban and heritage places, and the preservationists who shaped those places through during the twentieth century.
The architecture of Newman College, 1915-18: the office of Walter Burley Griffin
Jeffrey John Turnbull, 2017 | This new manuscript is developed from two volumes submitted for the degree of D.Phil, 2004, amended 2005, revised 2014, and 2017 exploring the work of Walter Burley Griffin at the University of Melbourne.
Ballarat’s Pride: Leading Architects from 1857-1895
Erin Wood, 2020 | Inspired by the works of William Bramwell Withers, this thesis asserts the role of Ballarat’s architects beyond its borders, inviting a closer consideration of these architects and regional architectural practice more generally.
The cultural significance of wood fired Scotch ovens and the poetics of olfaction as a preservation strategy for bakeries in Victoria
Domenica Presa, 2020 | An investigation of how baking has changed historically in Australia, from Australian Aboriginal origins to colonial settlement, the present day, and the return to craft baking techniques, typologies and preservation through the technique of olfaction as a heritage factor.
Making Civic Space: A Comparative Study of Civic Space Design in the Contemporary Settler Societies of Australia and New Zealand
Fiona Claire Johnson, 2019 | This thesis explores the state of decolonising practice in design, examining the textual, conceptual, spatial and architectural modes of practice which together collectively ‘make’ civic space. It draws comparisons through two exemplary projects - Adelaide’s Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga and Wellington’s Waterfront.
Depicting Boom Urbanism: A critical investigation of Kalgoorlie and Boulder, Western Australia, 1893-1903
Philip David Goldswain, 2019 | This thesis considers the spaces, events and processes of boom urbanism and industrialisation in the East Goldfields of Western Australia between 1893 and 1903 through a series of written and drawn investigations,.