David Beynon

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David Beynon

Associate Head Research, Associate Professor in Architecture

Room A&D Railway Cottage , Architecture and Design

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David Baynon is the Associate Head Research for the Syndicate of Technology, Environments and Design Schools (Architecture and Design; Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences; and Information and Communication Technology). In this role, Dave provides research leadership across built, digital and natural environments, with a focus on place-based research in relation to local, regional and global connections.

He is also Associate Professor in Architecture in the School of Architecture and Design. In this role, both his research and my teaching involve investigating the social, cultural and compositional dimensions of architecture and urban environments, in particular adaptations of architectural content and meaning in relation to urban renewal, migration and cultural change.

Dave is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects in Tasmania and a registered architect in Victoria.


Dave Beynon completed his architectural qualifications [B. Arch (Hons)] at the University of Melbourne in 1990 and then worked in architectural practices in Melbourne (Graeme Gunn, Edmond and Corrigan), Singapore and Brisbane before registering as an architect and with his partner founding alsoCAN Architects in Melbourne in 1995.  He then completed a PhD in Urban Design in 2002 (also at University of Melbourne) and since then have combined architectural practice at alsoCAN with academic pursuits, firstly at Deakin University and since early 2019 here at the University of Tasmania.

General Responsibilities

Research and Development Coordinator/Graduate Research Coordinator for Discipline of Architecture and Design.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryDate of Award
Doctor of PhilosophyHybrid Representations: The Architecture of Non-Western Communities in MelbourneUniversity of MelbourneAustraliaConferred 7/12/2002
Registered Architect in Victoria Architects Registration Board of VictoriaAustralia1995
Bachelor of Architecture with Honours University of MelbourneAustraliaConferred 7/03/1990


Professional practice

Vice-President, Society of Architectural and Urban Historians Asia (SAUHA)
Member Category 1: Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmanian Chapter)
Registered Architect: Architects Registration Board of Victoria

Administrative expertise

Dave is currently the Associate Head Research for the Syndicate of Technology, Environments and Design Schools, comprising the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences, and the School of Information and Communication Technology).

He is also currently Graduate Research Coordinator for Architecture and Design and University representative on the Launceston Heritage Advisory Committee. Beyond the university, he is director/partner of alsoCAN Architects (practising actively prior to taking his present full-time position at UTAS) and has administrated building contracts in this capacity since 1995.


Teaching expertise

Dave has taught a wide range of architectural history/theory units (on the subjects of Australian architecture, Asian architecture, Modern architecture, Global architectural History, Contemporary architectural issues).
He has taught numerous architectural design studios, from first-year undergraduate level to final design thesis (many involving adaptive reuse and cross-cultural issues).
Dave has also taught design-research units, concentrating on the development of design as a research activity and practice-based learning.
He also taught professional practice units and guided research-based thesis projects.
At Deakin University he was instrumental in developing their architectural curriculum in relation to Asian content and connections and integrating this content into broader themes of architectural history, theory and studio-based design projects.

Teaching responsibility

KDA408 Design Research – Methods

KDA241 Architecture Theory: The Canon

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Architectural Design
Architectural History
Migration and Architecture
Southeast Asian Architecture
Multicultural Built Environments
Adaptive Reuse of Buildings
Cultural aspects of Architecture
Cultural Sustainability of the Built Environment
Interpreting Ancient Monuments through Digital Modelling
Industrial Heritage
Asian-Australian Architecture.

Research Themes

Key themes in Dave's research are the adaptation of architectural content and meaning through motifs, rituals and form in buildings within both ancient and contemporary cultures. This relates, specifically to  the School of Architecture and Design’s theme areas of Constructed Ecologies and Mediating Meanings. More broadly his research aims furthers the University’s overall strategies for solving real-world problems by applying deep engagement with localities for global impact, through exploring, analysing and understanding connections between sustainability, society and culture.

Whether focused on contemporary Australian (including Tasmanian) suburban environments or ancient Asian temples, his research has always had the aim of developing ways of thinking about architecture that enable a fuller understanding of its cultural and social connections, particularly in relation to migration and demographic change. He has long sought to develop ways of thinking about architecture as related to sites and modes of practice that are both local and distant, looking to connect the geographically local sites of present inhabitation and development to distant buildings, villages, towns and cities that are places of migration, memory and desire; alongside culturally local and distant sites of implicit understandings and imaginings of ways to organise space, form and environments.

More specifically, in a continent/country where continued flows of immigration and demographic movement have been an overwhelming factor in creating urban and regional environments, Dave's research has the aim of developing architecture’s potential to be more reflective of, more responsive to, and more influential on, Australian society as a whole. Dave seeks to do this by expanding knowledge about the impact of the changing geographical, cultural and technological contexts that impact cities and suburbs in both historical and contemporary times, understanding how diverse people and ideas influence Australian architecture and built environments, how architecture and built environments affect people and ideas, and how their correlation can aid culturally diverse and socially sustainable futures


Dave is currently involved in ongoing research collaborations in relation to migrant contributions to industrial built environments across Australia with researchers from University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Australian National University, and the relationship of Geelong’s industrial environment to its post-industrial future with Deakin University, National Wool Museum, City of Greater Geelong and Renew Australia. He is also involved in a long-standing research collaboration with Prof. Sambit Datta of Curtin University, as well as researchers across India, Cambodia and Java into uses of digital modelling technology for understanding the architectonic composition of ancient temples in South and Southeast Asia.


Winner of John Grice Memorial Prize for best Postgraduate Thesis in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne in 2002).

Current projects

Chief Investigator in the project Architecture and Industry: The migrant contribution to nation-building (funded by ARC Discovery Projects scheme) with Anoma Pieris (lead CI: University of Melbourne), Mirjana Lozanovska (Deakin University), Andrew Saniga (University of Melbourne), Alexandra Dellios (Australian National University). This project explores the post-war architectural, rural and industrial landscapes of Australia, uncovering the networked and transnational character of immigrant industry and offers new knowledge on the design disciplines’ involvement in the nation-building narrative. Extension of this project to Tasmania’s cities and regions is currently being developed.

Chief Investigator in the series of projects #Vacant Geelong (funding of various parts by City of Greater Geelong, National Wool Museum, Creative Victoria, Renew Geelong/Australia) with Mirjana Lozanovska, Cameron Bishop, Anne Scott-Wilson, Ciro Marquez, Diego Fullaondo (Deakin University). This project is a creative exploration of industrial landscapes as a foundation to redefining the 21st century regional city.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural history, theory and criticism (330104)
  • Architectural design (330102)
  • Building science, technologies and systems (330206)
  • Architectural computing and visualisation methods (330101)
  • Architectural heritage and conservation (330103)
  • Urban design (330411)
  • Community planning (330401)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Australian history (430302)
  • Media studies (470107)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in built environment and design (280104)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Urban planning (120406)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Visual communication (130205)


Dave’s publications explore issues of architecture in relation to culture and cultural change from a range of perspectives, variously focusing on the digital modelling of ancient temples, the changing architecture of Australian suburban built environments, architectural and planning issues in multicultural cities, explorations of cultural sustainability in relation to Southeast Asian vernacular architectures, and Asian identity in Australian architecture. These publications have appeared (or will shortly appear) in the academic journals such as Fabrications, Interstices and Architectural Theory Review, professional journals such as Architecture Australia, as well as several chapters in edited books and a co-authored book Digital Archetypes: Adaptations of Early Temple Architecture in South and Southeast Asia.

Total publications


Journal Article

(15 outputs)
2020Beynon D, 'Review: Southeast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions of Translation, Epistemology and Power, edited by Jiat-Hwee Chang and Imran bin Tajudeen', Society of Architectural Historians. Journal, 79, (1) pp. 110-111. ISSN 0037-9808 (2020) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1525/jsah.2020.79.1.110 [eCite] [Details]


2020Lozanovska M, Lopez S, Levin I, Johnston C, Beynon DJ, 'Aesthetic Immigrant Environments', Fabrications, 30, (2) pp. 262-275. ISSN 2164-4756 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2020.1763064 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2019Beynon DJ, 'Beyond big gold mountain: Chinese-Australian settlement and industry as integral to colonial Australia', Fabrications, 29, (2) pp. 184-206. ISSN 1033-1867 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2019.1580408 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2019Beynon DJ, Pieris A, Lozanovska M, Dellios A, Miller-Yeaman R, et al., 'Forum: Industrial sites and immigrant architectures. A case study approach', Fabrications, 29, (2) pp. 257-272. ISSN 1033-1867 (2019) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2019.1589917 [eCite] [Details]


2019Datta S, Beynon DJ, 'Scaffolds and dissections: computational reconstruction of Indic temples and their architectural production', Architectural Theory Review, 22, (3) pp. 410-432. ISSN 1326-4826 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13264826.2018.1516682 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2019Hendrawan F, Beynon D, 'An evaluation of the implementation of Chinese temple layout principles in Bali, Indonesia', ISVS e-journal, 6, (4) pp. 55-63. ISSN 2738-2222 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019de Jong U, Fuller R, Beynon D, Winkler S, ' Slipping through the net': the impact of incremental development on the Built Environment of the historic coastal town of Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia', Planning Practice & Research, 33, (1) pp. 1-17. ISSN 1360-0583 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2018.1431859 [eCite] [Details]


2018Farahani LM, Beynon D, Freeman CG, 'The need for diversity of uses in suburban neighbourhood centres', Urban Design International, 28, (3) pp. 86-101. ISSN 1468-4519 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018Tewari S, Beynon D, 'Changing neighbourhood character in Melbourne: Point Cook a case study', Journal of Urban Design, 23, (3) pp. 456-464. ISSN 1469-9664 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2017.1383152 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


2017Tewari S, Beynon D, 'Master planned estates in Point Cook - the role of developers in creating the built-environment', Australian Planner, 54, (2) pp. 145-152. ISSN 2150-6841 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2017.1358190 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2


2017de Jong U, Fuller R, Beynon D, 'Reflections on place identity and change in the twin historic coastal towns of Queenscliff and Sorrento', Historic Environment, 29, (2) pp. 70-87. ISSN 0726-6715 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016Tewari S, Beynon D, 'Tokyo's Dojunkai experiment: courtyard apartment blocks 1926-1932', Planning Perspectives, 31, (3) pp. 469-483. ISSN 1466-4518 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2016.1160326 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2012Beynon D, 'From Techno-cute to superflat: robots and Asian architectural futures', Mechademia, 7 pp. 129-148. ISSN 2152-6648 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/mec.2012.0004 [eCite] [Details]


2010Beynon D, 'Architecture, identity and cultural sustainability in contemporary Southeast Asian cities', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian affairs, 44, (2) pp. 179-208. ISSN 0815-7251 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Beynon D, 'Defining Cultural Sustainability in Multicultural Built Environments', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, 6, (5) pp. 255-266. ISSN 1832-2077 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v06i05/54822 [eCite] [Details]


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2021Beynon D, Datta S, 'Architectonic Connections: Virtual Reconstruction to Disseminate Understanding of South and Southeast Asian Temples', Access and Control in Digital Humanities, Routledge, S Hawkins (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 130-152. ISBN 978-0-367-20101-2 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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2019Farahani LM, Beynon D, 'Third places and their contribution to the street life', Rethinking Third Places: Informal Public Spaces and Community Building, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, J Dolley, C Bosman (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 240. ISBN 9781786433909 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4337/9781786433916.00019 [eCite] [Details]


2015Beynon D, 'Edge of centre: Australian cities and the public architecture of recent immigrant communities', Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration, Routledge, M Lozanovska (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 260. ISBN 9781315738130 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315738130 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
2021Beynon D, 'The value of culture during a pandemic', Disasters and Pandemics, 6 -30 May 2021, Virtual (Online) (2021) [Plenary Presentation]

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2021Beynon D, 'To boldly stay: refugees, enterprise, industry and spatial inscription', Society of Architectural Historian (SAH) 2021 virtual Conference, 13-17 April 20201, Montreal, Canada (Online) (2021) [Conference Extract]

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2021Beynon D, 'Between fantasm and locality: architecture, labour and island identities in the Indian Ocean', Proceedings of Camea Adelaide Congress 2021, 07-09 November 2021, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1-12. (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2021Hendrawan F, Beynon D, 'An Identification of hybrid architecture in Tri Dharma temples in Bali', Proceedings of International Conference on Chinese-Indonesian Cultural Heritage 2021, 12 June 2021, Surabaya, pp. 88-91. ISBN 978-602-5446-85-6 (2021) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2020Herron M, Dewsbury M, Beynon D, Jones DS, 'Comparative energetic and economic analysis of anaerobic digestion of organic and farm animal waste for regional digesters in Tasmania', Proceedings of the 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), 26-27 November 2020, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 246-255. ISBN 9780992383572 (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M


Major Creative Work

(2 outputs)
2018Beynon D, Lozanovska M, Bishop C, Fullaondo D, Wilson AS, et al., 'Iconic Industry - Published Work', National Wool Museum, National Wool Museum, Geelong Victoria, pp. 64 (2018) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Beynon D, Lozanovska M, Bishop C, Fullaondo D, Wilson AS, 'Iconic Industry - Curated Exhibition', National Wool Museum, National Wool Museum, Geelong Victoria (2017) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2020Beynon D, 'Territories of differences', Peril, Australia, pp. 1-8. (2020) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

The current ARC Discovery Grant Architecture and Industry: The migrant contribution to nation-building has funding of $344,741 from 2019-2022.

The #Vacant Geelong series of projects has had funding of $75,300 from 2016-2019.

Previous funded projects for which I was a Chief Investigator include:

ARC Linkage Project LP110200787 'Sea change' communities: inter-generational perception and sense of place, [with U. de Jong, R. Fuller] $89,593 from 2014-2016.

ARC Discovery Project DP0665047 The Influence Of Indian Antecedents On The Geometry Of Southeast Asian Temples, [with S. Datta] $100,000 from 2006-2008.

ARC Linkage Grant LP0776579 Strategic Assessment of Building Adaptive Reuse Opportunities, [with C. Langston, G. Treloar, U. de Jong, C. Liu] $123,476 from 2007-2009.

New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Security and Disarmament Division [with a team from across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia], Cross-Cultural Education in Australasia and Southeast Asia, $5000 in 2008-2009.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Architecture and industry: the migrant contribution to nation-building (2019 - 2021)$344,741
This project aims to explore the post-war architectural, rural and industrial landscapes of Australia as shaped by the labour of displaced persons. Migrants after the Second World War were critical to the spatial making of modern Australia. Major federally-funded industries driving post-war nation-building programs depended on the employment of large numbers of war-displaced persons. While the immigrant contribution to nation-building in cultural terms is well-known, its everyday spatial, architectural and landscape transformations remain unexamined. This project aims to bring to the foreground post-war industry and immigration to comprehensively document a how Australia has uniquely shaped its built environment.
Australian Research Council ($344,741)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
The University of Melbourne
Research Team
Pieris A; Lozanovska M; Saniga A; Beynon DJ; Dellios A
2019 - 2021
Grant Reference

Research Supervision

Dave is always looking for new PhD students with strong background in architecture, architectural/ urban history, cultural/migration studies and related areaas. He works with both domestic and overseas students, with all students needing a strong English background (e.g., IETLS>=7) to complete a PhD. Please get in touch if you are interested in his areas of research.

A list of current and past student theses is below.

Current Supervision

Freddy Hendrawan, PhD. Chinese Temples in Bali: Cross-cultural Architecture (Primary Supervisor)
Dinesh Mataraarachchi, PhD. Ancient Sinhalese Buddhist Forest Meditation Monasteries:Design Legacy and Influences(Primary Supervisor)
John Roberts, PhD. Conceptualizing landscape in Alvar Aalto’s architecture through themes of White, Waves and Ruins, using phenomenological concepts of place, embodiment and atmosphere (Primary Supervisor)

Ros Syazmini Mohd Ghani, PhD. Increasing the Durability and Other Material Characteristics of Tasmanian Hardwoods (Primary Supervisor)

Murray Herron, PhD. Renewable Energy Future for a Australian City: Reality or Pipe Dream (co-supervisor)

Tom Barker, PhD. Queen of the South: A Multicultural Urban Paradox (External Supervisor)
Kerry Watson, PhD. A House and A Home: A Search for Bendigo’s “lost” Chinese Architecture (External Supervisor)

Previous completed Supervision

Alfan, PhD. Architecture Dialect on Jami’ Air Tiris Mosque in Riau Province Indonesia, (2020: External/Primary Supervisor)
Kim Roberts, PhD. Hi-ro-shi-ma space: architecture, literature and geophilosophy, (2020: External/Co-Supervisor)
Alexandra-Andra Florea, PhD. A spatial analysis of the village in Romanian context in the 21st century. (2018: Co-Supervisor)
Leila Mahmoudi Farahani, PhD. Australian Neighbour(less)hoods: Investigating the role of the built environment in encouraging a sense of community and social life in low-density suburbia (2017: Primary Supervisor).
Nasim Yazdani, PhD. Migration, Landscape and Culture: Urban Parks and Iranian Immigrants in Melbourne. (2017: Co-Supervisor)
Shilpi Tewari, PhD. Changing Neighbourhood Character in Melbourne - Multiculturalism in Planning . (2017: Primary Supervisor).
Gregory Pitts: Parametric Urbanism in Practice: Investigating new approaches based on analytically driven methods. Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2016: Co-Supervisor).
Mimi Abdul Ghani, PhD. 3-D Visualisation and GIS as a Common Platform for Planning. (2012: Primary Supervisor)
Helena Morris: Kingsley Henderson: Architect of Civic Virtue in Interwar Melbourne, Master of Arts, School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2012: Co-Supervisor).
Stuart Hanafin, (M.Arch: Research), Growth and Replication: Exploring Facade Subdivision Based on Natural Processes (2011: Primary Supervisor).
Gregory Pitts: Carriers and Components: Parametric Modelling of Architectural Surfaces. Master of Architecture, School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2010: Co-Supervisor).

Sumita Jayapalasingam: Malaysia's Terraced Housing - Towards an Environmentally Sustainable Future. Master of Architecture, School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2009: Co-Supervisor).
Lauren O'Brien, (M.Arch: Research), The Significance of Bendigo's Chinese Architecture. Master of Architecture, (2008: Primary Supervisor).
Susan Bee Gek Ang, (M.Arch: Research),: Valuing Architecture Practice Experience. Master of Architecture, School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2008: Co-Supervisor).

Sze Lay Ng, (M.Arch: Research),: The Interactive Urban Language and City Growth. Master of Architecture, School of Architecture and Built Environment, (2008: Co-Supervisor).






PhDCross-Cultural Architecture: An investigation of Chinese temple architecture in Bali2019
PhDIncreasing the Durability and Other Material Characteristics of Tasmanian Hardwoods2020
PhDArchitectural Cultures2020
PhDBuilding a Tasmanian City2022
PhDCampus Environments for Diversity2022


PhDAalto's Landscape Ontology: Conceptualising landscape in Alvar Aalto's architecture, using phenomenological concepts of place, atmosphere and embodiment
Candidate: John Wright Roberts