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Andrew Steen

Architecture & Design

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Dr Andrew Steen is Lecturer in the Discipline of Architecture & Design in the School of Technology, Environments & Design. His key goal is to make people’s lives more meaningful by experiencing architecture.


Dr Andrew Steen has completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Built Environment and Architecture, a Master and Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Language (Communications and Linguistics) and Criminology (Sociology and Criminal Justice). He has worked in architectural practice, edited conference proceedings and journals, and developed extra-curricular filmmaking and creative writing practices. After teaching at three universities in south-east Queensland, Andrew joined the University of Tasmania in January 2016. He now considers himself Tasmanian.

General Responsibilities

Andrew is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments. He contributes to the development of clear, coherent, consistent and meaningful frameworks within the University of Tasmania’s architecture program. He takes a special interest in the wellbeing of A&D students and staff, and the collective vivacity of the Discipline. Working with Discipline, School, Faculty and University colleagues, Andrew is exploring interdisciplinarity, and the nature and contribution to society of architecture and other design fields. He hopes to impact the lives of all Tasmanians by inspiring richer, more complex, and more affective engagements with architecture.

Teaching Responsibilities

Andrew teaches into the B.ABE, Master of Architecture, and Bachelor of Design 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 curricular and extra-curricular workshops.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityDate of Award
PhDThe Figures of Charles Jencks, 'Semiology and Architecture'University of Queensland2016
MPhilRe Made in TokyoUniversity of Queensland2011
BArch QUT2006
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.

Teaching responsibility

Course Coordinator, P3H

Teaching into P3H;



Unit Coordinator, KDA138,-collisions,-insertions



Teaching into KDA251



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Semiotics / semiology in architecture || Charles Jencks || architectural discourse and culture || intellectual history of architecture

Research Themes

Andrew’s research contributes to the A&D research themes “Participatory Practices: Designing, Making, Engaging” and “Mediating Meanings: Critique, Framing, Proposition”, and the University theme, “Creativity, Culture and Society”. He has three current research projects: examining Modernist architecture in Tasmania; reframing relations to heritage architecture; and – in collaboration with external colleagues and the directors of MONA FOMA – developing a community engagement project. All his work aims to enrich culture, enliven society, and enlighten individuals through the medium of architecture.


Andrew is currently engaged in a collaboration with MONA FOMA and colleagues from MADA (Monash) looking to deploy architectural devices focused on sound and music into festivals and Tasmanian community settings. He is also responsible for overseeing the heritage architecture studio generously supported by the Dick & Joan Green Family Award.

Current projects

AUX ARCHS: This project investigates the significance of architecture and other aspects of mediated culture to Tasmanians, and seeks to develop infrastructure to encourage and enhance engagement in cultural activities in festival and everyday contexts. The approach is multidisciplinary, employing ethnographic and design-research practices to understand social reality, speculate transformations and assess impact.

Modernist Architecture in Tasmania: This embryonic project views 20th-century Tasmania as a laboratory for key and still-potent architectural ideas. Early research is focusing on company and social housing, and hopes to inform approaches to the state’s current housing provision issue. 

Heritage in Tasmanian architecture: This embryonic project 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.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Design History and Theory (120301)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)

Research Objectives

  • Communication (950299)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Commercial Services and Tourism (909999)


Andrew is an established contributor to SAHANZ (the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand), and has published in FabricationsDesign Principles and Practices: An International Journal ­– Annual Review, and Knowledge Cultures. He has forthcoming chapters in Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation (Routledge) and Writing Architectures: Ficto-Critical Approaches (Bloomsbury).

Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
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]


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]


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 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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(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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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



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

Research Supervision

Andrew has supervised one doctoral completion ­ Dr Loren Dyer, “Making and breaking the screen: a relational ontology of screen forms,” PhD thesis, 2018 – and is currently supervising three PhD students: Mr Matt Gunn, “Learning into a groundless architecture,” PhD research, 2018–; Mr Martin Bignell, “A pragmatist approach to prototypes,” PhD research, 2018–; and Mr Tatpong Krisadawat, “Analysing company housing in Tasmania,” PhD research, 2019–.






PhDMapping and Intervening in the Local: Bruny Island in the anthropocene2017
PhDDesigning out Risk in Technology Transfer: Prototyping innovative applications of timber in complex buildings2018
PhDAnalysing Company Housing in Tasmania2019


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