Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

The Architectural Expression of Science


The project aims to discover the precise and nuanced ways in which architecture configures, influences and expresses the ideas and ideals of contemporary experimental science. To the ongoing contestation of science's alleged 'placelessness' and neutrality (a key trope in the so-called 'science wars') the project brings an expert understanding and analysis of architectural techniques of spatial organisation and material expression. Significant sites of contemporary bioscience research are being interrogated and modelled using digital drawings and animations, together with critical textual analysis, in order to detail the ways in which architecture shapes the public perception and practice of experimental Science.

Related Publications: 
  • Kaji-O'Grady, S. and Chris L. Smith, ‘Laboratory Architecture and the Slippery Skin of Science’, Industries of Architecture: the 11th AHRA International Conference, Newcastle, 13-15 November, Newcastle University (2014).

  • Kaji-O’Grady, S, ‘Translating and Representing Bioscience Through Architecture’, in Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 31, Translation, edited by Christoph Schnoor (Auckland: SAHANZ, 2014), 471-484.

  • Kaji-O’Grady, S., ‘Laboratories of Experimental Science’, The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning, ed. Mathew Aitchison, Ashgate, (2014), 109-135.

  • Kaji-O’Grady, S. and Chris L. Smith, ‘Exaptive Translations between Biology and Architecture’, Architecture Research Quarterly, vol. 18, issue. 2 (2014) 155-166.

  • Kaji-O’Grady, S.‘The Spaces of Experimental Science’, le Journal Spéciale’Z 4 (2012), 88-99.

  • Kaji-O’Grady, S., ‘Laboratory Myths’, Fabulation: Myth, Nature Heritage, 29th Annual Conference of SAHANZ International Conference 2012, eds. S. King, A. Chatterjee and S. Loo (Launceston: SAHANZ, 2012).