Andrew Steen

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Andrew Steen

Andrew Steen

Lecturer in History & Theory in Architecture & Design

Room IC213Inveresk Campus

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Steen has a broad education. Two research higher degrees have resulted in rigour and discipline . A Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Language (Communications and Linguistics) and Criminology (Sociology and Criminal Justice) along with filmmaking and creative writing practices have developed his multifaceted approach to architecture and design. Steen has worked in architectural practice, and has edited conference proceedings and journals. He joined the University of Tasmania in January 2016.

General Responsibilities

Dr Andrew Steen is a lecturer in History–Theory and Design at the School of Architecture and Design. He is interested in the cultural construction of personas and referents of architecture and design. Steen's research is focused on the architecture and architectural discourse of the twentieth century, and uses modes of close reading and critical analysis.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityDate of Award
PhDThe Figures of Charles Jencks, 'Semiology and Architecture'University of Queensland2016
MPhilRe Made in TokyoUniversity of Queensland2011
BArchThe Production of Architectural ThirdspaceQUT2006
BBEnv QUT2002
BA University of Queensland2000



2010– present: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand


History and Theory of Architecture and Design; Design Studio.

Teaching expertise

Steen's History–Theory pedagogy concentrates on a critical engagement with the past and disciplined and rigorous process that allows for creative engagement with the present and future. Steen's Design Studio focus is on engagement with architectural referents — textual objects and/or typologies — and strategies of defamiliarisation.

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Research Themes

Steen's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His focus is trained on the intellectual history of architecture. 'The Figures of Charles Jencks, 'Semiology and Architecture',' Steen's doctoral thesis, interrogates one book chapter — Charles Jencks, 'Semiology and Architecture' — to reveal the significance and functioning of the language and structure of address of so-called architectural theory. It directs attention towards the poetic function of that text, and by extension, the wider territory of architectural discourse. 'Re Made in Tokyo,' Steen's Master of Philosophy thesis, interrogates the formal, graphic and discursive aspects of another single work: Momoyo Kaijima, Junzo Kuroda and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto's Made in Tokyo (2001). It adopts the frameworks and attitudes of that book to reveal the underlying epistemological, methodological, and philosophical bases.

Steen is interested in collaborating on projects that incorporate language and communication and/or critical art and creative writing practices with architecture and design.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Design History and Theory (120301)

Research Objectives

  • Communication (950299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2015Steen AP, 'Radical eclecticism and Post-Modern architecture', Fabrications, 25, (1) pp. 130-145. ISSN 1033-1867 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2015.1006762 [eCite] [Details]


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2012Steen AP, 'Kurilpa Bridge', Semi-detached: writing, representation and criticism in architecture, URO Publications, N Stead (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 80-83. ISBN 9780987228130 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2016Steen A, 'Architecture and spectacle: a critique', Fabrications, 26, (1) pp. 126-128. ISSN 1033-1867 (2016) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2015.1125755 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
2017Steen AP, 'The spirit of adhocism and brilliant selective editing', Proceedings of The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, 05-08 July 2017, Canberra (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Steen AP, 'Gold's heaviness and malleability', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold, 06-09 July 2016, Melbourne, pp. 648-656. ISBN 9780734052650 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Steen AP, 'Nice House, Woodland Lakes', A Colloquium on Ficto-Critical Approaches to a Writing Architecture, 04-05 August, Brisbane, pp. 1-10. (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Steen AP, 'Guerrilla in the midst: the Universitas Project and a new type of institution', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand: Architecture, Institutions and Change, 07-10 July, Sydney, Australia, pp. 640-651. ISBN 9780646942988 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Steen AP, 'Operation Marginalia: translation of semiology and architecture', Proceedings of Translation: the 31st annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 02-05 July, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 345-354. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Steen AP, 'Jencks's semiological history: 'pop - non pop'', Proceedings of Open: the 30th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 02-05 July, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 3-15. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Steen AP, 'epigraphs, poetics, architectural history', Proceedings of Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The 29th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, 05-08 July, Launceston, Australia, pp. 1035-1051. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Steen AP, 'Guide to Tokyo architecture', Proceedings of Audience: the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 07-10 July 2011, Brisbane, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2010Steen AP, 'The case of Made in Tokyo', Proceedings of Imagining: The 27th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 30 June - 02 July, Newcastle, pp. 409-413. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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(2 outputs)
2015Steen AP, 'The figures of Charles Jencks, 'semiology and architecture'' (2015) [PhD]

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2011Steen AP, 'Re Made in Tokyo' (2011) [Masters Research]

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Research Supervision




PhDMaking and Breaking the Screen: A relational ontology of screen forms2017
PhDMapping and Intervening in the Local: Bruny Island in the anthropocene2017