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Louise Wallis

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Louise Wallis

Lecturer

Inveresk Campus

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Louise.Wallis@utas.edu.au

Dr Louise Wallis is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Architecture and Design. She teaches in design studio and communications, and researches design pedagogy and architectural education. She is particularly interested in how students may learn design thinking skills and processes through different teaching approaches and curriculum design.

Biography

Louise graduated from Queensland University of Technology and received the inaugural Student award for the Advancement of Architecture by the Australian Institute of Architects in 1999. She commenced a research masters in the educational benefits of Learning-by-Making (LBM) studios at the University of Tasmania in 2000. In 2003, Louise was appointed as a lecturer in architecture, teaching LBM and design studios, while continuing to research design pedagogy. Her interests in the design teaching, research and service led to receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2006), for involvement in competitive learning and teaching grants at national (2006, 2009 & 2011) and University (2005 & 2014) level. She has recently completed a doctorate at the University of Newcastle (2017). The thesis, ‘The studio concept and its forms in architectural education in Australia and New Zealand (2007-2011)’, identified the significant influence and impacts of some Higher Education Institutions policies and management have had on schools and their studio models (2017). In addition to teaching and research in design education Louise has held long term positions as the Chair of the Discipline’s Learning and Teaching (L&T) committee and as a member of Faculty L&T committee (12 years), which included a term at the University level (2006-2008). She also has a long and on-going commitment with the Department of Education as an examiner, exam setter and curriculum adviser for a pre-tertiary subject, ‘Housing and Design’ (2003-).

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

The studio concept and its forms in architectural education in Australia and New Zealand (2007-2011)

University of Newcastle

Australia

2017

MDes (research)

Learning-by-Making: Design-build Studios at the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Australia

2005

BArch/BBltEnv

BEEaware: Strategies to Incorporate Built Environment Education into Primary and Secondary Schools

Queensland University of Technology

Australia

2000

Memberships

Professional practice

Australian Institute of Architects, Affiliate member
Department of Education (Tasmania), Technologies Learning Area Group

Administrative expertise

First year coordinator (Architecture & Design) (2016-present)
Electives and Live projects co-coordinator (present)
Furniture Design coordinator (2016-present)
Invited academic representative on the Senior Reference Group North (University of Tasmania) (2013-present)
Chair of the former School of Architecture & Design Learning and Teaching Committee (2004-2018)
Degree Coordinator role (2012-2013)

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Undergraduate design teaching, Learning-by-Making, Pedagogy, Collaborative design, Design/build, Live projects, Experiential learning, Architectural education, and Bridging units for CALD students.

Teaching responsibility

Louise has primarily taught design and related units in the first two years in the undergraduate program to support students’ first forays and knowledge into design, design communication skills the discipline of architecture. Her expertise is in design foundations where students are exposed to the designing process, and skills required to undertake design for human needs and sensitive to place and the environment.

KDA 111 Design Studio 1
KDA 121 Design Studio 2
KDA 136 Design Communications 1
KDA 137 Design Communications 2
KDA 383 Learning-by-Making

Research Invitations

Invited lecture for the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland (2015)

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Expertise

Community based design projects
Design of Small Houses and homes
Learning-by-Making, Design/build studios and/or Live projects
Architectural Education

Research Themes

Louise’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests include understanding how design and creativity are taught and assessed in studio models, in particular the discipline of Architecture. The work attempts to provide greater clarity in the use and understanding of studio models, and identifies these problems exist in many allied and non-allied disciplines. Her research work has also delved into the use of “live” projects, collaborative design and the assessment of teamwork activities. A mixed method approach is often employed to her research and involves the analysis of survey data, secondary sources, and observations. Louise is keen to collaborate or co-supervise projects that explores experiential learning, pedagogy and design education.

Collaboration

In the past, Louise has collaborated in three national Learning and Teaching grants with the aim of understanding architectural education and the challenges faced by academics in teaching and assessing creativity and teamwork. Combined, these collaborative projects involve partnerships between Schools of Architecture at several Australian universities, including the University of Newcastle, Deakin University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Victoria University.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Architecture (120199)
  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (120599)
  • Education (139999)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
  • Building Science and Techniques (120202)
  • Industrial Design (120305)
  • Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (130299)

Research Objectives

  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Commercial Construction Design (870202)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction (879899)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Teaching and Instruction (930299)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Timber Materials (870305)
  • Curriculum (930399)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)

Publications

Total publications

32

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
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2017Journal ArticleBurnham R, Wallis L, 'Learning by making. Long-term collaborations and socially productive outcomes', Journal of Public Space, 2, (3) pp. 73-84. ISSN 2206-9658 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.116 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Burnham R

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2017Journal ArticleWallis L, Williams A, Ostwald MJ, 'Studio models in a changing higher education landscape', Australian Art Education, 38, (1) pp. 122-139. ISSN 1032-1942 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2012Conference PublicationWallis L, Williams A, 'Researching the one-on-one from a learning and teaching perspective', Design Research Society 2012 Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012, Bangkok, pp. 394-406. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Chapter in BookWallis LH, 'Building the Studio Environment', Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future, Urban International Press, Ashraf M Salama and Nicholas Wilkinson (ed), Gateshead, pp. 201- 218. ISBN 1-872811-09-4 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Burnham R, Wallis L, 'Learning by making. Long-term collaborations and socially productive outcomes', Journal of Public Space, 2, (3) pp. 73-84. ISSN 2206-9658 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.116 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Burnham R

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2017Wallis L, Williams A, Ostwald MJ, 'Studio models in a changing higher education landscape', Australian Art Education, 38, (1) pp. 122-139. ISSN 1032-1942 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2005Wallis LH, 'No 'lone' architects: design by consensus', Take 4: Collaboration & Coalition, 4 pp. 61-66. ISSN 1447-1167 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2005Wallis LH, 'Tokyo Speed: Recreating the Academy in Practice', Take 4: Collaboration & Coalition, 4 pp. 61-66. ISSN 1447-1167 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2005Wallis LH, 'Wide Angle View: Collaborative Coalitions of Architects and Friends', Take 4: Collaboration & Coalition, 4 pp. 61-66. ISSN 1447-1167 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
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2012Burnham R, Wallis L, 'The Castle: A Long-term Community Partnership', Live Projects Designing with People, RMIT University Press, M Dodd, F Harrisson and E Charlesworth (ed), Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 186-191. ISBN 9781921426933 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Wallis LH, 'Exhibition Pin Up Review', Assessing Creativity: Supporting Learning in Architecture and Design, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, HH Askland, MJ Ostwald and A Williams (ed), Sydney NSW, pp. 224-227. ISBN 978-0-9805545-4-0 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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2012Williams A, Cowdroy R, Wallis LH, 'Design', Technology Education for Teachers, Sense Publishers, PJ Williams (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 93-114. ISBN 978-94-6209-159-7 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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2011Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'University of Tasmania: The Castle', Design Build Studio, Lightroom, W Carpenter (ed), Decatur, Georgia, pp. 381-392. ISBN 9780557864188 (2011) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Burnham R; Clayton I; Green R

2007Wallis LH, 'Building the Studio Environment', Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future, Urban International Press, Ashraf M Salama and Nicholas Wilkinson (ed), Gateshead, pp. 201- 218. ISBN 1-872811-09-4 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(17 outputs)
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2017Kotlarewski N, Wallis L, Lee M, Nolan G, Last M, 'Collaborative design education with industry: student perspective by reflection', Proceedings of Re: Research - the 2017 International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, 31 October-03 November, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, pp. 644-654. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Lee M; Nolan G

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2015Wallis L, 'Studio teaching symposium: a one-day symposium dedicated to articulating and sharing best practice studio pedagogy and related research', National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI), 4 July, University of Auckland (2015) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'Learning-by-making: transformative learning in design', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 2-3 October 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 138-145. ISBN 9780473337100 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Burnham R; Clayton I; Green R

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2014Burnham R, Wallis L, Clayton I, Green R, 'Learning-by-making: high impact learning in design', Places & Spaces: Proceedings of the Teaching Matters 2014 Conference, 2-3 December 2014, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 3-14. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Dewsbury M, Law T, Wallis L, 'Learning-by-making in building science education', Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 71-81. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M; Law T

2012Wallis L, Williams A, 'Researching the one-on-one from a learning and teaching perspective', Design Research Society 2012 Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012, Bangkok, pp. 394-406. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Wallis LH, Williams T, Ostwald M, 'The 'Studio' conundrum: Making sense of the Australasian experience in Architectrual Education', eProceedings of CONNECTED 2010, 28 June - 1 July 2010, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia EJ ISBN 978-0-646-54506-6 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Dewsbury M, Wallis LH, Fay MR, Nolan G, 'The influence of residential framing practices on thermal performance', Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: sustainability research across disciplines, 25th - 27th November 2009, University of Tasmania, Launceston, pp. 2-9. ISBN 978-1-86295-547-9 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M; Fay MR; Nolan G

2009Wallis LH, Dewsbury M, 'Does Size Matter: a comparison of methods to appraise thermal efficiency of a small house', Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: sustainability research across disciplines, 25th - 27th November 2009, University of Tasmania, Launceston, pp. 35-42. ISBN 978-1-86295-547-9 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Wallis LH, Williams T, Ostwald M, 'Sustaining the studio: a snapshot of academics' perception toward studio in 2007', Sustainable Theory: Theorizing sustainability, 4/09/09 - 5/09/09, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1 - 11. ISBN 978-0-475-12346-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Williams A, Ostwald M, Wallis LH, 'Design Issues confronting Architectural Education in Australasia ', Forget the Future. What are today's Design Education Issues?, 1-2 December 2009 , Hong Kong , pp. 1-13 . ISBN 9789881834126 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Moss T, Thomas SL, Wallis LH, 'Thinking critically about learning in the discipline: Engaging students in Architectural education', Herdsa 2007, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide (2007) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Moss T; Thomas SL

2007Wallis LH, Wood DJ, ''What an idiot!' Building better working relationships between Architects and Engineers', Teaching Matters 2007: Showcasing Innovation, 30 November 2007, Hobart EJ (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Wood DJ

2005Wallis LH, 'Drawing conclusions from LBM studios', Drawing Together: Convergent practices in architectural education, 29-30 September 2005, Brisbane, pp. 42. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2004Wallis LH, Clayton IB, Hall JDM, Kelly A, 'The Changing Role of the Workshop in Architectural Education: A Tasmanian Case Study', The Bauhaus Legacy: Myth, Reality, Reevaluation, October 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 15.2-15.10. ISBN 0-9746724-9-1 (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Clayton IB; Hall JDM; Kelly A

2002Wallis LH, Bromberek Z, Clayton IB, Green R, 'Plugging the Gaps: Learning by Making (UTas Case Study)', Modern Practice of Architectural Science: from Pedagogy to Andragogy?, 1-4 November 2002, Geelong, pp. 549-556. (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bromberek Z; Clayton IB; Green R

2001Wallis LH, 'Building Better Architecture Students: Improving the Relationship Between Design and Construction', Constructing and Managing the Built Environment: Education and Research for the Future, 11 - 13 July 2001, Adelaide, pp. 9-21. ISBN 0 86803 289 1 (2001) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Clayton IB, Wallis LH, Green RB, Maynard AI, 'Grillages: Testing and making plywood structures', The Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Australia, 4, pp. 42-49 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Clayton IB; Green RB; Maynard AI

Other Creative Work

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Clayton IB, Wallis LH, Green RB, 'Dance Stage Set', Stompin Youth Dance Company, Launceston, pp. 1 (2006) [Acquisition]

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Co-authors: Clayton IB; Green RB

2003Clayton IB, Wallis LH, Green RB, Hanlon J, Skirving MJ, 'Kingsmeadows Bus Stop', Kingsmeadows, Launceston, pp. 1 (2003) [Acquisition]

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Co-authors: Clayton IB; Green RB; Hanlon J; Skirving MJ

Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Wallis L, 'The studio concept and its forms in architectural education in Australia and New Zealand (2007-2011)' (2017) [PhD]

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2005Wallis LH, 'Learning-by-Making: Design-build Studios at the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania' (2005) [Masters Research]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$220,000

Projects

Enhancing and assessing group and team learning in architecture and related design contexts (2011 - 2012)$220,000
Description
This project will: 1) investigate how best to support through teaching and assessment the learning of team working skills in architecture and related design disciplines; 2) propose curricula renewal to include a structured framework for teaching team working skills with an associated suite of assessment tools; and 3) develop and document best-practice models of assessing individual contributions to teamwork within the emotive and highly subjective learning context of creating architecture. This framework will assist teachers of architecture (and other design and applied arts disciplines) to: develop innovative approaches to collaborative studio-based learning in multi-disciplinary and mono-disciplinary contexts; structure group work and team design within curricula; develop graduate attributes for teamwork; and assess team design in a consistent, transparent and objective manner to support team-working skills and increased learner confidence.
Funding
Office for Learning & Teaching ($220,000)
Scheme
Grant-Innovation and Development Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wallis LH
Period
2011 - 2012