Building a Tasmanian City

Building a Tasmanian City: Critical influences on Launceston's buildings and streetscapes

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Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project investigates the built heritage of Tasmanian cities, exploring the social, cultural and economic context in which they developed, through the lens of exploring the nineteenth century architects and builders of Launceston.

As the third oldest city in Australia, and one of its most intact colonial settlements, Launceston offers fertile ground for exploration. Significant research has been carried out on individual buildings and architects, as part of heritage and conservation studies that examine historical significance, but what has been lacking is a more in-depth study of the relationship between architects and their architecture and the broader physical, temporal, cultural, economic context in which they are located. The project will analyse the interconnections between key figures in the development of Launceston's urban environment and the local and global contexts in which they operated.

This project is part of a wider field of research that examines the lineage and legacy of Tasmanian architects and architecture, investigating the connections between people and places and how knowledge sharing and resources have influenced the development of the built form of the state's cities. It extends current research into the history of Tasmanian architecture, beyond studies of individual buildings and architects to develop an understanding of the local, regional and global connections, and how these have been developed by networks of architects, builders, artisans, planners and communities, fostering greater understanding of the Launceston's growth and the creativity of its prolific makers. More broadly, the project will inform future architects, heritage consultants, city planners and communities on how the existing built heritage of streetscapes and buildings can be the basis of socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable future developments.

The project's scope includes potential for creative and/or participatory design research methodologies, to explore and expose the diversity of spatial and compositional relationships between social, cultural and physical aspects of built heritage.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Helen Norrie


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in architectural design, architectural history or architectural heritage, and/or experience as a professional architect.
  • Capacity for critical thinking and qualitative research skills.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Prior experience in creative research methods.
  • Skills in Architectural documentation and representation.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Helen Norrie to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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