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Andrew Steen

Lecturer
Architecture & Design

Room IC213 , Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4481 (phone)

Andrew.Steen@utas.edu.au

Dr Andrew Steen is a Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design, and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments. His primary goal is to make people’s lives more meaningful by experiencing architecture.

Biography

Andrew came to The University of Tasmania with teaching experience from the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University (Queensland), and professional experience working in a Brisbane-based architectural practice.

Career summary

Qualifications

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

Memberships

Professional practice

Andrew is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, and an affiliate of ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History research centre, University of Queensland).

Administrative expertise

Andrew has been Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments since 2018. He has previously managed the University of Queensland’s Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History.

Teaching

History and Theory of Architecture and Design; Design Studio.

Teaching expertise

Andrew’s pedagogical foundation is a critical engagement with architectural referents from the past. On this he builds disciplined and rigorous processes that allow for creative engagement with the present and future. Andrew draws on linguistics and other humanities disciplines in writing and teaching units, and uses musical and popular culture referents to develop affective meanings.

Teaching responsibility

Andrew teaches into the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H) and Master of Architecture (D7C) courses. He also supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students, runs Work–Integrated–Learning and Live Build Learning–By–Making electives, and brings selected students into exhibitions and extra-curricular workshops.

KDA138 Architecture Studio Space

KDA337 Architecture Technology-Studio: Heritage

KDA718 Advanced Design Research

KDA720 Professional Project

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Expertise

* intellectual history of Architecture * Charles Jencks * heritage architecture * neo-avant-garde architecture * Architecture mythology *

Research Themes

Andrew’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society, and A&D themes Participatory Practices: Designing, Making, Engaging and Mediating Meanings: Critique, Framing, Proposition. It has three main projects. AUX ARCHS (Auxiliary Architectures) investigates the significance of architecture to Tasmanians, and looks to develop small-scale infrastructure to enhance engagement in cultural activities to promote social interaction and individual meaning-making within local communities. To date, the project has involved collaborations with MONA FOMA, Monash Art Design and Architecture, and Clarence City Council. THAT (Tasmanian Heritage Architecture Thinktank) seeks to recast the concept of heritage within understandings of Tasmanian architecture. Preliminary work based on Port Arthur and Launceston’s CBD has looked to complicate established views based on capital-h History, and broaden and enrich the significance of built fabric. RAW (Research as Architecture-Writing) is an umbrella project investigating the materiality of writing about architecture. It involves experiments in design methodology, criticism of architecture theory and ficto-critical work. All of Andrew’s research work aims to enrich culture, enliven society, and enlighten individuals through the medium of architecture.

Collaboration

Andrew has collaborated with MONA FOMA, and is currently involved in collaborative projects with Clarence City Council and colleagues from Monash Art Architecture & Design focused on community engagement in art and culture. With Dr Stuart King he has conducted investigations into Tasmanian heritage architecture, most notably the Port Arthur Historic Site. Andrew also works with the Dick and Joan Green Family in planning and overseeing the heritage architecture studio generously supported by the Dick & Joan Green Family Award.

Current projects

Andrew has three main ongoing projects. AUX ARCHS (Auxiliary Architectures) investigates the significance of architecture to Tasmanians, and looks to develop small-scale infrastructure to enhance engagement in cultural activities to promote social interaction and individual meaning-making within local communities. To date, the project has involved collaborations with MONA FOMA, Monash Art Design and Architecture and Clarence City Council. THAT (Tasmanian Heritage Architecture Thinktank) seeks to recast the concept of “heritage” within understandings of Tasmanian architecture. Preliminary work based on Port Arthur and Launceston’s CBD has looked to complicate established views based on standardised interpretation and capital-h History and broaden and enrich the significance of built fabric. RAW (Research as Architecture-Writing) is an umbrella project investigating the materiality of writing about architecture. It involves experiments in design methodology, criticism of architecture theory and ficto-critical work. Andrew’s research work aims to enrich culture, enliven society, and enlighten individuals through the medium of architecture.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural history, theory and criticism (330104)
  • Architectural design (330102)
  • Design history, theory and criticism (330304)
  • Social geography (440610)

Research Objectives

  • Communication (130299)
  • Expanding knowledge in built environment and design (280104)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Arts (130199)
  • Other commercial services and tourism (119999)

Publications

Andrew has contributed papers to the Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand from 2010–17. He has been published in Architecture and Culture, Knowledge Cultures and Fabrications. He has chapters in books on fictional architecture writing and place attachment.

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Steen AP, 'Eating oysters, naked: realizing critical architectural discourse', Architecture and Culture, 8, (1) pp. 105-118. ISSN 2050-7828 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2020.1721746 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Brown A, Steen AP, 'Fiction/non-fiction, or: Myth and the architect's architecture', Knowledge Cultures, 6, (2) pp. 76-95. ISSN 2327-5731 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.22381/KC6220186 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Steen AP, 'The Persona of the Entomologist in Architectural Education', Design Principles and Practices, 12, (1) pp. 27-40. ISSN 1833-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18848/1833-1874/CGP/v12i01/27-40 [eCite] [Details]

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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]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
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2020Steen A, King S, 'The Framing of the Port Arthur Historic Site', Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation, Routledge, D Kopec and AM Bliss (ed), New York, USA, pp. 56-70. ISBN 9780367232689 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780367232689-5 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: King S

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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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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
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]

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Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
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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 the 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 02-05 July 2013, 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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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
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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Grants & Funding

Andrew is coordinating the fabrication of Clarence City Council’s “Container”, and oversees the Dick and Joan Green Family Award architecture studio.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$3,402

Projects

Milestone Markers: identifying incoming student competencies in a new curriculum (2019)$3,402
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,402)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Power J; Brunton RJ; Dewsbury M; Sawyer M; Steen A
Year
2019

Research Supervision

Andrew is currently supervising Matt Gunn, “Learning into a groundless architecture” (PhD, 2018–), Van Tatpong Krisadawat, “Diagrams and maps as historiographic tools” (PhD, 2019–), and Mia Kealy, “Critical fictions in Tasmania’s Social Housing Archive” (PhD, 2020–). He has one PhD completion – Dr Loren Dyer, “Making and breaking the screen: A relational ontology of screen forms” (2018) – and has supervised Honours degrees of Harry Holcombe-James, “Can the Sublime be designed?” (2019) and Mia Kealy, “The Housing Department” (2020).

Current

3

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDMapping and Intervening in the Local: Bruny Island in the anthropocene2017
PhDDiagrams and Maps as Historiographic Tools: A design-research investigation reviewing Tasmanian industrial settlement2019
PhDThe Architecture(s) of Welfare: Critical fictions in Tasmania's social housing archive2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMaking and Breaking the Screen: A relational ontology of screen forms
Candidate: Loren Patricia Dyer
2018